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Regulatory Challenges Posed by Emerging Contaminants

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Awareness of the presence of contaminants of emerging concern (a.k.a. emerging contaminants) in public and private water supplies around the country has become a considerable focus of public officials and the general public....more

Long-Term Lead and Copper Rule Federalism Consultation: American Water Works Association Comments

The American Water Works Association (“AWWA”) submitted March 8th comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on the Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Rule (“LCR”). EPA is stated to have...more

Industry Insights: Key Takeaways From The GMA Legal Conference

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier last week, attorneys in the Perkins Coie Food Litigation team joined top in-house counsel, defense attorneys and regulatory experts at the GMA Legal Conference which took place in New Orleans, LA. The conference...more

Newsletter: Environmental Law Update

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Throughout Connecticut’s legislative session, these updates highlight developments concerning environmental law and policy. The author prepares updates as Legislative Liaison of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Environmental...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018

GMA Conference Panels Explore Trends in Class Actions, Organic Production - Litigation, increasing online grocery shopping and consumer concerns regarding product ingredients were hot topics at the 2018 Grocery...more

Administration's Infrastructure Plan Supports Reuse of Brownfields and Superfund Sites

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Trump Administration released an ambitious $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Feb. 12, 2018 – a plan that includes many provisions focused upon encouraging the reuse of contaminated brownfields and Superfund sites. ...more

FY 2019 President's Budget Request: Relevant Programmatic Figures

Various state environmental agency organizations have commented on the fiscal year 2019 President’s Budget Request (“Budget”). The organizations addressing the Budget include: The National Association of Clean Air...more

Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Water Conference: July 23rd/24th Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Arkansas Water Resources Center (“AWRC”) announced that its annual water conference will be held on July 23rd and 24th in Fayetteville, Arkansas. AWRC states that the theme for the conference is “The Value of Water.”...more

Trends in Drinking Water: Part Two – Poop Water

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

At the other end of the spectrum from raw water is "poop water"—sewage effluent that has been transformed back into safe drinking water. Whereas raw water is completely untreated, poop water—or "direct potable re-use" if you...more

FY 2019 Administration Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on February 12, 2018, submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The President's full budget calls for approximately $4.4 trillion in total spending. Much of the budget seeks...more

Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the White House unveiled its 55-page proposal for infrastructure investment, the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure. The sweeping proposal seeks to inject funding into several key areas...more

Trends in Drinking Water: Part One – Raw Water

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The water news popping up in my email inbox recently has really run the gamut. One of the latest health fads is apparently drinking "raw water"—meaning unprocessed and untreated water. At the other end of the spectrum, there...more

Known to the State of California to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Harm – What is Proposition 65 and What You Need to Know

by Cozen O'Connor on

A majority of California voters in 1986 approved a ballot initiative known as Proposition 65, officially titled California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (“Prop. 65”). Prop. 65 seeks to protect...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium: Current Practices/Approaches for Water Reuse

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued on July 11th a document titled: 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium (“Compendium”) ...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - San Diego Padres’ solar project expected to be a home run - Solar Industry Magazine - Jan 18 California-based Sullivan Solar Power has begun construction on what is expected to be the...more

New Filings – January 19,2018

by Perkins Coie on

Kelly v. Cameron’s Coffee and Distribution Company, No. 1816-CV00470 (Mo. Cir. Ct. – Jackson Cnty.): Putative class action asserting violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant...more

Four-Term Governor Jerry Brown: One Last Budget

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown, beginning the final year of his unprecedented four terms as governor, unveiled his 16th and last state budget proposal, which projects a $6.1 billion surplus, mostly a result of...more

Prop 65 Victory For Defendants – Defendants Are Entitled To Have Their Cases Heard In the County Where the Claim Arose

Prop 65 Plaintiffs routinely file most Prop 65 cases in Alameda County, presumably because they believe it is a plaintiff-friendly forum. However, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a victory for Prop 65...more

Dispute Over Lead Testing in School Drinking Water Continues - State Water Resources Control Board Says It Will Enforce Permit...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In January, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an amendment to domestic water supply permits, requiring water suppliers to test public and private school drinking water at the request of school officials. The...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017 #3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Proposition 65 - After California voters approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop. 65), the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) began publishing a list of...more

Lead and Copper Rule/Drinking Water: December 14th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Letter Seeking Input on Potential...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Water is circulating a December 14th letter to stakeholders seeking input on potential revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (“LCR”). EPA’s letter states...more

PFAS: all signs point to more regulation and enforcement in 2018

by DLA Piper on

Once hailed as miracle compounds for their unique ability to repel oil, fire and water, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) (collectively, perfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS) are now regarded...more

End of Year Deadline is Fast Approaching for Potable Water Testing in Illinois Schools

by Clark Hill PLC on

In Illinois, all school buildings constructed prior to January 1, 1987, must have every drinking water source tested for lead prior to December 31, 2017. (225 ILCS 320/29). A school building is defined as any building (or...more

Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions: Projected U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Activities

The Trump Administration released the Fall edition of the semi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and the Regulatory Plan (“Plan”). Federal agencies twice a year produce in combination a...more

Learning a Lesson from Flint: New York State Takes Important Steps to Ensure Clean Drinking Water

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Stemming from the recent drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, which has had life-lasting effects for many of its residents, including children, due to unsafe lead-related toxicity levels in the drinking water, New York...more

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