enforcement

February 8, 2018

New EPA Enforcement Guidance – “No Surprises” Approach with States

EPA’s Chief Enforcement Officer, Susan Bodine, has issued guidance on EPA and state coordination with a focus on cooperative federalism.  Interim OECA Guidance on Enhancing Regional-State Planning and Communication on Compliance Assurance Work in Authorized States, Jan. 22, 2018. Among other things, the guidance requires EPA Regional Offices to develop procedures to better communicate and […]
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 […]
April 25, 2017

Sharing and Shaping the Future of EHS2 Compliance

“Sharing and Shaping the Future of Effective EHS2 Compliance” was the theme of Earth & Water Group’s EHS2 Spring Roundtable attended by EHS leaders from over 15 organizations on April 18 in Washington. E&W Spring Newsletter offers more details and insight into EHS2 compliance, regulatory trends, and enforcement risks. Recognizing that 2017 is shaping up […]
February 21, 2017

Are States Assuming More Assertive Enforcement Role in Trump Era?

With Administrator Pruitt’s EPA in the earliest stages, some of the environmental enforcement action may be moving to the states.  The proposed changes in New Mexico, as seen in the article below, are emblematic of conversations going on in legislatures and regulatory agencies across the country.   As companies assess the enforcement landscape, and their own […]
August 31, 2016

EPA Inspector General Launches Investigation Into EPA Oversight of State Drinking Water

This week EPA’s Inspector General’s Office sent a letter to Joel Beauvais, head of EPA’s office of water, and Cynthia Giles, EPA’s enforcement office, advising the Agency’s leadership of its plan to begin evaluating the effectiveness of EPA’s oversight of state drinking water quality programs, particularly the reporting of drinking water sampling.  The OIG letter, which can […]
June 8, 2016

Top 10 Mistakes You Can Make in EHS Compliance

By Brent Fewell Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of clients develop and assess their EHS compliance programs.   Some do compliance well and others, well, let’s just say others don’t know what they don’t know.  And that will come back to bite them. The goal must always be effective compliance in terms of protecting the […]
April 11, 2016

Doug Parker Named President of E&W Strategies – Press Announcement

For Immediate Release April 11, 2016 Contact: Brent Fewell 202-664-9297 brent.fewell@earthandwatergroup.com Earth & Water Group, a full-service virtual environmental solutions provider, today announced the expansion of its management team by naming Doug Parker as the President of Earth & Water Strategies LLC, effective April 18, 2016. “We are thrilled to have Doug join our team […]
March 3, 2016

Money Alone Will Not Solve Our Nation's Water Problems

Fewell’s Focus: Making the Right Decision Reprinted from Water & Wastes Digest By Brent Fewell Wed, 2016-03-02 09:54 Money alone will not solve our nation’s water problems As is true for many, I have been following closely the tragic public health crisis that has unfolded in Flint, Mich., and devastated so many families. The fallout […]