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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...

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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

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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

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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

The Tragic Consequences of Lead Exposure

by Howard Ankin on

Lead exposure has toxic effects on many parts of the body and contributes to serious health problems. Prolonged exposure often leads to permanent injuries, disabilities, and even death....more

Drinking Water/2018 Farm Bill: American Water Works Association Recommendations

A key United States Congressional endeavor in 2018 will be the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The American Water Works Association (“AWWA”) noted in a November 8th news release its interest in ensuring that the Farm...more

California Water Providers Must Test for Lead in Local Schools’ Water by Mid-2019 - AB 746 Imposes Requirements for Water...

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Under a new state law, California water providers will need to test for lead in local schools’ drinking water on or before July 1, 2019. The new law, AB 746, imposes certain requirements on both water providers and school...more

Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2016: NAPCOR/The Association of Plastic Recyclers Report

NAPCOR and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (collectively, “NAPCOR”) issued an October 31, 2017, report titled: Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2016 (“Report”) ...more

EPA Releases Quick Guide for Registering Disinfectant Products for Drinking Water Use

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On October 17, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “Quick Guide for Disinfectant Products for Drinking Water Use by Public Water Systems” (Quick Guide) which it states was developed “in response to...more

Arkansas Department of Health Engineering Section: Website Redesign

The Arkansas Department of Health (“DOH”) discussed in Volume 30 (No. 3) of the Fall 2017 edition of the publication Arkansas Drinking Water Update the redesign of its webpage. An article authored by Jeff Stone noted that...more

Massachusetts Permitting Goes Online

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Finally catching up with many states that have made it possible to apply for and review permits online, Massachusetts’ Energy and Environmental Information Public Access System (EIPAS) went online last month, promising to...more

Interstate Pipeline Project: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to State Water Quality Certification

The United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (“Court”) addressed a challenge to a permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) related to the proposed construction of an...more

U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General Project Notification: Public Notification of Drinking Water Quality

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued an August 18th Project Notification stating that it is planning to begin preliminary research on the public notification of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Interior Department identifies 'a handful' of national monuments to shrink in its report to Trump - San Diego Union-Tribune - Aug 24 - The White House is getting ready to move on...more

D.C. Federal Court Approves NEPA Environmental Impact Statement for Major Drinking Water Project

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After more than 13 years of litigation, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia approved the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the State of North Dakota’s Northwest Area Water Supply...more

Is That Regulation Affordable? If It’s Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, It Better Be

by Alston & Bird on

You open your mailbox. There’s your monthly water bill. Inside, you notice it’s gone up nearly $500—but your use hasn’t changed. How could this be? And maybe more important, can you afford it? This is an essential...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - New California law gives air quality officials power to quickly shut down industrial operations - Los Angeles Times - Aug 7 - Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation,...more

Superior Court Invalidates Hexavalent Chromium Drinking Water Standard

Earlier this month, Judge Christopher E. Krueger of the Sacramento Superior Court issued an order invalidating the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for hexavalent chromium. The California Department of Public Health (“DPH”)...more

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project - Las Virgenes-Triunfo JPA Pure Water Project...

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With the assistance of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Government Relations team, including Senior Director of Governmental Affairs John Freshman in Washington, D.C., a client received almost $500,000 in federal funding for water...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Senate unexpectedly rejects bid to repeal key Obama-era methane regulation - Washington Post - May 10 - The U.S. Senate narrowly voted down a resolution on Wednesday to repeal an...more

Preparations Underway to Regulate 1,2,3-TCP in California’s Drinking Water - State Water Resources Control Board Held Public...

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In preparation for California adopting a maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane in drinking water, the State Water Resources Control Board staff discussed potential reporting requirements and changes to...more

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