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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 -

Muddy Waters: Stormwater Permits Not Meant to Control Flooding or Flood Losses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Those living in communities subject to North Carolina Stormwater Permits or local stormwater management easement agreements are increasingly alarmed as rainy weather, even without a named storm, causes property to saturate...more

Trump Track: Be Careful What You Ask For

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Trump Administration has taken the position that the President not only has the power under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to unilaterally establish national monuments, but also the unfettered authority to reduce in size or...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and City of Mitchellville, Arkansas Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and the City of Mitchellville, Arkansas (“City”) entered into a December 5th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) alleging violations of the Clean Water Act National...more

Industrial Landowners May Be Liable for Tenants’ Stormwater Discharges

by Perkins Coie on

In California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Shiloh Group, LLC, Case No. 16-CV-06499-DMR, 2017 WL 3136443 (N.D. Cal. Jul. 24, 2017), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the...more

Section 401 Water Quality Certification/Clean Water Act: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Rejects Pipeline's Waiver Argument

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order on Petition for Declaratory Order (“Order”) addressing Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC’s (“Constitution”) January 11th Petition for Declaratory Order...more

Trump’s Busy Year on Energy and the Environment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

During his first year in Washington, President Trump made his mark on energy and environmental issues by issuing executive orders (EOs), proclamations, and presidential memoranda. Seeking to undo regulations enacted during...more

Nutrient Criteria/Clean Water Act: Ozark Waters Article Notes Missouri Clean Water Commission Adoption

The January edition of the Ozarks Water Watch publication Ozark Waters references the recent adoption by the Missouri Clean Water Commission (“Commission”) of Clean Water Act nutrient criteria for Missouri lakes and streams....more

Harbor Stormwater/SPCC Compliance Training Seminar: January 23 – Little Rock, Arkansas

The environmental consulting firm Harbor will be holding its annual Industrial Stormwater and Clean Water Act Spill Control and Countermeasure (“SPCC”) Compliance Training Seminar (“Seminar”) on January 23rd....more

Section 311/Clean Water Act Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Company Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and HollyFrontier Transportation LLC (“HT”) entered into a December 8th Combined Complaint and Consent Agreement (“CA”) addressing an alleged violation of Section 311...more

Timberlands Regulation under the @realDonaldTrump  Administration 

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Those who closely watch the current White House pay particular attention to one Twitter handle: @realDonaldTrump. President Trump is not the first US president to use Twitter to communicate to the country. But I think it’s...more

Lawsuit seeks to have California Waterways Identified as Hydrologically Impaired under the Clean Water Act

by Downey Brand LLP on

On November 1, 2017 the Earth Law Center, San Diego Coastkeeper and Los Angeles Waterkeeper (Petitioners) filed a Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate seeking to compel the State Water Resources Control State Board (Board)...more

The Fall 2017 Unified Federal Regulatory Agenda

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Office of Management and Budget(Administration) has posted the Fall 2017 Agency Statements of Regulatory Priorities, and what follows is a selection of future environmental...more

Delaware Supreme Court Defines “Collusion”

by Allen Matkins on

A couple of years ago, I taught Administrative Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. One of the many theories that we covered was the idea of “regulatory capture”. This is a “term coined by public...more

Storm Water Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and El Dorado, Arkansas Petroleum Products Distribution...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and RelaDyne HOC (“RH”) entered into a December 4th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of the Clean Water Act National Pollution...more

Whiskey Aging Emissions: Supreme Court of Kentucky Addresses Whether Clean Air Act Preempts Common Law Claims

The Supreme Court of Kentucky addressed whether common law claims filed related to air emissions were preempted by the Clean Air Act. See Brown-Forman Corporation and Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. v. Miller, 2017. The...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - Deadline Approaching For Comments On EPA’s Proposed Reporting Requirements For TSCA Mercury Inventory: As reported in our TSCAblog® item, on October 26, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Hot Springs, Arkansas Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Westwood Village Sewer Facilities Board (“Board”) entered into an October 23rd Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water...more

EPA Enforcement Is Down During First Nine Months Under Scott Pruitt

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

The New York Times published a report over the weekend detailing a fall-off in the EPA’s enforcement activities during Scott Pruitt’s tenure as EPA Administrator.  The changes are driven by top down directives from Washington...more

Waters of the United States/Clean Water Act: Association of State Wetland Managers Comments on Jurisdictional Definition

The Association of State Wetland Managers (“ASWM”) submitted November 28th comments on the Clean Water Act definition of “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”). The November 28th comments were submitted in response to the...more

Second Circuit to Expedite Review of Whether NYSDEC Waived Jurisdiction Over Water Quality Certification, After Denying Stay of...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 7, the Second Circuit rejected the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) request for a stay of construction of the Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC’s Valley Lateral natural gas pipeline...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

Rising Environmental Enforcement in the Food and Drug Sector: How to Stem the Tide for Your Facility

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Food and drug manufacturing facilities are an increasing target for federal and state environmental enforcement actions. Recent enforcement actions have highlighted the extent to which these facilities are subject to a host...more

Arkansas Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel: December 14th Conference Call Scheduled

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced that the Arkansas Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel (“Panel”) will hold a telephone conference at 1:30 p.m. on December 14th. ADEQ states the...more

ADEQ Considers Seeking Primacy for the Clean Water Act 404 and Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Control Programs

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division, kicked off a stakeholder process to discuss the potential for the state to seek primacy for two water-related regulatory...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms That Defendant Had Fair Warning That His Conduct Violated The CWA

On November 27. the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided an important Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdictional case, United States. The Ninth Circuit unanimously affirmed the defendant’s criminal convictions for...more

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