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Administrative Hearing Office Proposed for State Water Resources Control Board - Proposed Legislation Would Provide for Efficient...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

With the release of California’s budget trailer bill came proposed new legislation that would add an Administrative Hearing Office within the State Water Resources Control Board....more

Napa River and Sonoma Creek Vineyard General Permit

In July 2017, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted waste discharge requirements (a “General Permit”) to regulate vineyards parcels of 5 acres or more in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds...more

Water snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells Publications | Water Newsletter | 15 May 2018 Water updates from South Africa CoCT emergency desalination plant prepares to come online The City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2.0 megalitres of...more

Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force: May 9th Meeting Scheduled - REMINDER

The Water Provider Legislative Task Force (“Task Force”) has scheduled a meeting for May 9th. The meeting will be held in Room 151 of the State Capitol....more

Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force: May 9th Meeting Scheduled

The Water Provider Legislative Task Force (“Task Force”) has scheduled a meeting for May 9th. The meeting will be held in Room 151 of the State Capitol....more

Updates to Energy-Related Bills in the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session

Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 legislative session. Legislators have been busy moving...more

Public-private partnerships may gain traction in water infrastructure

Political momentum appears to be building behind the need to construct and repair critical American infrastructure, including water and wastewater projects, and has renewed interest in using public-private partnerships (PPPs)...more

Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Funding Availability

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced the availability of funding through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. EPA states that funding could be available to provide as much as...more

U.S. EPA Region 9 Enforcement Priorities Revealed

by Downey Brand LLP on

Ever since President Trump took office in January 2017, several questions have arisen within the environmental community regarding how his administration will change the legal and enforcement priorities of the United States...more

Endangered Rivers: American Rivers Announces 2018 List

The environmental organization American Rivers has released its annual report demoninated America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2018 (“List”). The organization American Rivers was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in...more

Comments Due Soon on Latest Proposed Changes to DC Water System Availability Fees - Public Comments Also Sought on Proposed Sewer...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Proposed changes to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority's System Availability Fee (SAF) regulations would provide developers credits for providing new affordable housing units. • Proposed sewer service...more

Arkansas Environmental Federation Water Seminar: Little Rock, Arkansas – April 18th (REMINDER)

The Arkansas Environmental Federation (“AEF”) will hold its annual Water Seminar on April 18th. The seminar will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Holiday Inn – Airport....more

Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force: April 11th Meeting Scheduled

The Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force (“Task Force”) will hold a meeting on April 11th. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Room 151 of the Arkansas State Capitol....more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. states vow to defend auto fuel efficiency standards - REUTERS - Apr 4 Nearly a dozen U.S. states and Washington D.C. this Tuesday promised to defend federal automobile efficiency...more

Artificial Diversion of Water/Property Damage: New York Appellate Court Considers Whether Nuisance/Trespass Claims are Time-Barred

The New York Supreme Court (Appellate Division) addressed a procedural issue associated with an action seeking damages and injunctive relief involving allegations that defendants were responsible for property damage as a...more

[Webinar] Safe Harbor: Water and California's Vulnerable Populations - April 12th, 1:00pm PT

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of new and developing water laws aimed at meeting the needs of California’s vulnerable populations. This webinar for CLE credit* will update you on present efforts by the State...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - San Diego regional water board issues tentative order requiring federal agency to investigate cross-border contamination - The San Diego Union-Tribune - Mar 20 - The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control...more

Long-Term Lead and Copper Rule Federalism Consultation: Association of State Drinking Water Administrator's Comments

The Association of State Drinking Water Administrator’s (“ASDWA”) submitted March 8th comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on the Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Rule (“LCR”). The EPA is...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - EPA’s Pruitt says California cannot dictate nation’s auto emissions standards - THE WASHINGTON POST - Mar 13 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said in an interview Tuesday...more

SCOTUS Leaves Bush-Era EPA Water Transfer Rule Alone

by Butler Snow LLP on

Last week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an important water rights case involving whether water can be transferred from one water body without a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”).  As...more

Jury to Decide Whether Water Is a ‘Natural Element’

Is water a “natural element”? - A New York federal court judge elected to put the question to a jury in a false advertising lawsuit accusing Purex of deceiving consumers by prominently displaying the phrase “Natural...more

Weekly Water Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Cost-effective water treatment solutions imperative - South Africans have to reduce water use and wastage by optimising existing processes such as serge-gating, recovering, treating and recycling effluent waters for reuse,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - U.S. Supreme Court lets stand EPA's permit exemption for water transfers - Reuters - Feb 26 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously declined to review a challenge led by states and environmental groups to a...more

Would You Please Oversee the Company’s Environmental Cleanup Program? Oh Yeah, if it Fails, You’re Personally Liable

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

After setting up new locations in Texas, N. O. Smelz, owner of Smelz Rug Cleaning, obtained a hazardous waste permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the disposal of the company’s cleaning chemicals...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Judge orders Trump administration to put energy efficiency standards into effect - Los Angeles Times - Feb 15 A federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Trump administration last...more

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