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Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: January 4, 2018

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

CBC News discussed a national plan in Canada to reduce antibiotic use in farm animals....more

Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force: January 3rd Meeting Scheduled

The Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force (“Task Force”) will hold a meeting today, January 3rd. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in room 151 of the Arkansas State Capitol....more

National Study of Nutrient Removal and Secondary Technologies/Publicly Owned Treatment Works Screener Questionnaire: U.S....

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 29th Federal Register notice of an Information Collection Request (“ICR”). See 82 Fed. Reg. 61756....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

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

FY 2018 Geological Survey 104G National Competitive Grant Program: Arkansas Water Resources Center Call for Preproposals

The Arkansas Water Resources Center (“AWRC”) has issued a call for preproposals for the FY 2018 U.S. Geological Survey (“USGS”) 104G National Competitive Grant Program. AWRC states that the grants will support “research on...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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Lawsuit challenges President’s authority to shrink Bears Ears National Monument - The Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 7 A coalition of American Indian tribes, recreation interests including the outdoor clothing manufacturer...more

Beaver Lake Watershed Guardian Award: Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E. (Beaver Water District) Announced as 2017 Winner

The Beaver Watershed Alliance announced that Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E., has received the 2017 Beaver Lake Watershed Guardian Award (“Award”). Mr. Fortenberry is the Chief Executive Officer of the Beaver Water District....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

Water/Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project: Center for Biological Diversity Files Federal District Court...

The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety (collectively “CBD”) filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (“Complaint”) in the United States District Court for the Central District of...more

Court May Seek Clarification From Agency Regarding Issue In Pending Litigation

by Perkins Coie on

The Sixth District Court of Appeal held that a trial court in a mandamus action had the inherent power to remand to the Board of Supervisors for clarification regarding an ambiguous general plan consistency finding. The...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...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force: November 8th Meeting Scheduled

...The Task Force was created by Act 1056 during the 89th Arkansas General Assembly. The legislation declared a number of findings regarding the water utilities provision of water to state residents. Issues associated with...more

Government Warns of Threat Activity Targeting Critical Infrastructure through Third-Party Access

A cloak of secrecy usually covers covert government activities when it comes to the latest cyber threats and intelligence. But in a rare public statement, the U.S. government has warned that hackers are targeting government...more

Legislation to Alter State Water Rights Enforcement Action Processes Fails

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 313, which would have shifted the hearing process for certain water rights enforcement actions to a new Water Rights Division within the Office of Administrative Hearings. However, his...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

When Condemnation Actions Go Wrong

by Nossaman LLP on

In the vast majority of cases, when a public agency exercises eminent domain, the only issue in dispute is the amount of just compensation the agency must pay for the property being acquired. Even in situations where a...more

Move America Act of 2017 Introduced in House

by Butler Snow LLP on

A bipartisan group of four members of Congress have introduced legislation that could bring billions of dollars of new investment to state and local government to help grow and repair America’s aging infrastructure....more

Los cambios propuestos en las regulaciones de adquisiciones pueden facilitar las P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

El condado de Miami-Dade, la jurisdicción más grande del sur de la Florida, está evaluando actualmente asociaciones público-privadas (P3) para varios proyectos de infraestructura importantes. Estos incluyen mejoras...more

Does an Anti-Duplication Provision Bar a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Action Against a City System Supplying Water?:...

A United States District Court (Eastern District of California) in a September 1st Order addressed a motion to dismiss a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) action brought by a non-profit organization against a...more

Water Banks: Why You May Need One

Water banks are not new — they have been around a long time. Water banking is a practice used to effectively manage water supplies throughout Western states. Water banking has long been used to solve water issues ranging from...more

Municipalities' Water Withdrawal: NEPA/National Forest Management Act Challenge to U.S. Forest Service Authorization

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (“Court”) addressed in an October 23rd opinion Plaintiffs-Appellants Central Oregon LandWatch and WaterWatch of Oregon (collectively “Plaintiffs”) challenge to the United...more

Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit 2017: Little Rock, Arkansas – October 27

The Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit (“Summit”) will be held on October 27th in Little Rock, Arkansas. Summit partners include: •Arkansas Public Policy Panel •Arkansas Environmental Defense Alliance •Audubon...more

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