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February 12, 2018

White House Infrastructure Plan and EPA Budget Priorities

Two documents hot off the press today, EPA FY2019 Budget and White House Infrastructure Plan.
January 23, 2018

Glimpse into Trump’s Infrastructure Package . . . and Implications for Water

As we await a rollout of the Administration’s infrastructure package, there are a few clues as to what we can expect based on a leaked 6-page summary document found here.
January 19, 2018

Wastewater Operations – Representative Means Representative

An important reminder to all companies with environmental compliance obligations, including collecting and reporting sample results to a regulatory agency.   Most Clean Water Act wastewater permits include a provision that requires the permittee to collect and report data on “representative samples” to determine compliance with the permit effluent limits.   This applies to discharges that go […]
January 12, 2018

SCOTUS to Decide Florida-Georgia Water Wars

On January 8, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a dispute that began 29 years ago.  After a decision in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals addressing operation of the Corps of Engineers five large reservoirs on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF), in November 2014 Florida sued Georgia asking the Court to apportion water […]
January 11, 2018

Earth & Water Law Group Expands to Southeast – Opens Atlanta Office

Ex-EPA officials grow firm, open Atlanta office Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 The Earth & Water Law Group continues to expand and has now opened a branch in the Southeast. The law and consulting firm, staffed by several former U.S. EPA officials, announced yesterday it had opened an Atlanta office. […]
January 4, 2018

Ethics (wake up!)

Ethics (wake up!) Republished from ABA Trends, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Newsletter – Vol. 49 No. 3 Mary Ellen Ternes Mary Ellen Ternes is a partner with Earth & Water Law, LLC. She is a past chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ Ethics Committee and moderated the 25th Fall Conference’s ethics panel. […]
December 12, 2017

Former Volkswagen Manager Receives 7 Years Jail Time in Diesel Emissions Cheating Scandal

Last week’s sentencing of former VW manager Oliver Schmidt to seven years in prison sends a clear message to those engaged in misconduct in the automotive sector: DOJ, EPA, and the Federal Judiciary are taking a hard line on criminal conduct.  Expect continued scrutiny in the emissions space across entire auto sector. Eric Lawrence of the Detroit […]
December 10, 2017

EEI and EHS2 Host Roundtable Discussion on Compliance and Enforcement in Trump Administration

This past week, the Edison Electric Institute and EHS2 welcomed Larry Starfield, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement, and Jeff Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division to discuss priorities for the environment in the Trump Administration.  Discussions focused on new themes and Administration priorities including: Back to […]
November 21, 2017

Act of God, Foreseeable Risk, or Hedging Opportunity?

Original Published in CFO November 21, 2017 | CFO.com | US Whether you’re in a domestic enterprise or a multinational conglomerate, climate change will impact what you do. In fact, it’s already happening. Climate change influences a majority of the most fundamental activities performed by CFOs. Why? Because climate change can damage assets, impact the availability of natural […]
November 14, 2017

National Academy Issues Timely Report on Clean Water Affordability

The National Academy of Public Administration has released its long-awaited report titled “Developing a New Framework for Community Affordability of Clean Water Services.”  Affordability is a central issue to many communities who increasingly are dealing with higher costs to address aging infrastructure and federal clean water mandates. The Senate Appropriations Committee, in a committee report […]