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The Clean Water Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1972 to reduce levels of toxic substances in the nation's water supply and to prevent high levels of new contamination.  The CWA seeks to... more +
The Clean Water Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1972 to reduce levels of toxic substances in the nation's water supply and to prevent high levels of new contamination.  The CWA seeks to accomplish its stated goals by preventing point and nonpoint pollution sources, assisting wastewater treatment facilities and maintaining wetlands. less -

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board: Fairhaven, Massachusetts Petition Challenging NPDES Permit Nitrogen Limit

The Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts (“Fairhaven”) filed an October 27th Petition for Review before the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Environmental Appeals Board (“EAB”). Fairhaven is challenging...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2017

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TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Voluntary Disclosure/Multi-Media Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Energy Production Company Enter into...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing a Consent Agreement (“CA”) with ENEL Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGP”) resolving alleged violations of...more

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

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Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On...more

Variances Under the Clean Water Act/New Developments in the Use of an Old Tool: Jordan Wimpy (Mitchell Williams) Arkansas...

Jordan P. Wimpy undertook a presentation at the Arkansas Environmental Federation’s annual Convention and Trade Show titled: Variances Under the Clean Water Act – New Developments in the Use of an Old Tool...more

Two Questions Every Industrial Storm Water Permittee Should Answer Before January 1, 2018

If your facility is permitted under California’s Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP), then you probably feel like you earned an advanced degree in storm water management with the time and effort it takes to understand...more

When Is a Discharge to Groundwater Subject to the Clean Water Act? Can You Say “Significant Nexus”?

Whether the Clean Water Act regulates discharges to groundwater has been a topic of significant debate.  At this point, there seems to be something of a trend in the cases towards concluding it does, but it remains true that...more

Meaning of “In Connection With” and “Pursuant To” Under Oil Pollution Act A Question of First Impression in Fifth Circuit

On November 7, in U.S. v. American Commercial Lines, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s ruling that American Commercial Lines (ACL), the owner of a tug boat whose contracted...more

Ninth Circuit Paves Way for Regulation of Stormwater Discharges Under RCRA

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The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) anti-duplication provisions under 42 USC § 6905 do not apply in the absence of a stormwater discharge permit issued under the Clean...more

Citizen Suit Action/Clean Water Act: Environmental Group Alleges Failure by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Address State...

Northwest Environmental Advocates (“NEA”) filed a November 6th Clean Water Act Citizen Suit Action in U.S. District Court in Washington alleging that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) had failed...more

Ninth Circuit Paves Way for Regulation of Stormwater Discharges Under RCRA

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The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) anti-duplication provisions under 42 USC § 6905 do not apply in the absence of a stormwater discharge permit issued under the Clean...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Issues Notice of Violation in Relation to Operation of Eureka...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) issued a Notice of Violation (“NOV”) to VPG Partners II, LLC (“VPG”) in regards to alleged Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”)...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Guidance on RCRA Section 1006 Anti-Duplication Provision

On November 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling in Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas & Electric Company, which clarifies the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality and City of Maben, Mississippi Enter into Agreed Order

The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality (“MCEQ”) and the City of Maben, Mississippi (“City”) entered into a September 19th Agreed Order (“AO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water Act National Pollution...more

Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed Alliance Receives Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Grant: October 16th Arkansas Water...

The October 16th edition of the Arkansas Water Resources Center publication Arkansas Water Currents (“AWC”) notes that the Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed (“LCPRW”) Alliance (“Alliance”) received a $75,000 grant from the...more

Was a New Hampshire Development Authority Required to Obtain a Clean Water Act MS4 Permit?: September 26th Federal Court Opinion

A United States District Court (District of New Hampshire) addressed in a September 26th opinion whether a New Hampshire based development authority should have obtained a Clean Water Act Small Separate Storm Sewer System...more

When Does the Race Start? New York Department of Environmental Conservation Requests Rehearing of Federal Energy Regulatory...

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Following the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s Declaratory Order that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) failed to timely act on an application for a Water Quality Certification...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training: Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin –...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training publishes an environmental Case Crimes Bulletin (“Bulletin”) that summarizes publicized investigative activity...more

Happy Birthday!: Clean Water Act Turns 45 Today

The Clean Water Act was enacted in 1972. As a result, it turns 45 today. President Richard Nixon is credited with the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and signing of the National Environmental...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #3

Department of Interior Rescinds OSM Enforcement Policies - On October 12, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") withdrew two prior Office of Surface Mining ("OSM") policies affecting mining operations. DOI rescinded...more

Recap of Recent Oral Argument Before SCOTUS: Nat’l Assoc. of Mfr. v. Dep’t of Defense and Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two significant cases: Nat’l Assoc. of Mfr. v. Dep’t of Defense and Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC. In National Association of Manufacturers, the Court is being asked to...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2017

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TSCA/FIFRA/TRI - EPA Schedules PPDC Meeting: On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the scheduling of a Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) meeting for November 1-2, 2017. 82...more

Common Law/Clean Water Act Action: Lawrence County Landowners Lawsuit Challenging Lawrence County, Arkansas Bridge

A group of landowners and farmers (collectively “landowners”) filed an October 10th lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against Lawrence County, Arkansas. See No. :...more

Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Solicits Comments

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced the availability of the Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology (“Methodology”). ADEQ is providing a 30 day public comment....more

Waters of the United States/Proposed Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules: Arkansas Commenters

Thousands of comments have been submitted in regards to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers (collectively “Agencies”) July 27th, 2017 proposed rule titled: Waters...more

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