Brent Fewell

October 17, 2019

Earth & Water Law Partner, Mary Ellen Ternes, Elected to Lead American College of Environmental Lawyers

Mary Ellen Ternes to lead the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2020 Reposted from Vanderbilt School of Engineering Mary Ellen Ternes, BE’84, was elected at the organization’s annual meeting on Oct. 11, 2019. She will lead the ACOEL as president in October 2020. Ternes is recognized nationally in the fields of chemical engineering, environmental […]
October 12, 2019

EPA proposes sweeping changes to Nation’s drinking water regulations to reduce lead poisoning . . .

This week, EPA proposed long-awaited changes to the Nation’s lead and copper rule that no doubt will result in a healthier national population – focusing first on the most vulnerable communities and children – and will help to avoid future water crisis such as Flint, Michigan.  The proposal takes a multi-pronged approach to address a […]
August 25, 2019

Trump EPA Turns Up Heat on States to Reduce Widespread Water Pollution . . . .

In a recent memo to EPA Regional Offices, the head of EPA’s Enforcement Office, Susan Bodine, directs the agency’s regional offices to work closely with states to reduce the number of significant noncompliance across the U.S. involving sources permitted under the federal Clean Water Act.  The text of the memo begins, The purpose of this […]
June 6, 2019

E&W Welcomes New Partner, Craig Bromby, and Opens Raleigh NC Office

For Immediate Release June 6, 2019 Contact:  Brent Fewell,    202-664-9297 Earth & Water Law Group Welcomes Craig Bromby Washington, D.C., June 6, 2019 – Earth &Water Law, LLC (part of the Earth & Water Law Group) announced today the firm’s opening of its office in Raleigh, North Carolina. With over 40 years of experience in […]
June 5, 2019

EPA Issues Guidance to Increase Compliance with Clean Water Deadlines . . .

News Releases from Headquarters›Water (OW) EPA Issues Memo to Increase the Agency’s Compliance with Clean Water Act Deadlines 06/03/2019 WASHINGTON (June 3, 2019) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step toward ensuring the Agency is meeting its statutory obligations and carrying out the cooperative federalism principles embodied in the Clean Water Act (CWA). In a […]
May 20, 2019

Earth & Water Law Group Welcomes New Law Partner, Angela Morrison

For Immediate Release May 20, 2019 Earth & Water Law Group Welcomes Law Partner, Angela Morrison, And Expands to Florida Washington, D.C., May 20, 2019 – Earth & Water Law announced today the firm’s opening of its office in Tallahassee, Florida.  Angela Morrison, Esq., joins the Earth & Water Law team today and will helm […]
April 5, 2019

EPA issues new Audit Policy for Oil and Gas Owners to improve compliance . . .

From EPA Frequently Asked Questions –  IMPLEMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS What has the EPA announced and why is the EPA doing this? The EPA has finalized its Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Facilities New Owner Audit Program (Oil and Gas New Owner Audit Program or Program) tailored for new owners of upstream oil and natural […]
December 3, 2018

Company pleads guilty to failing to properly supervise Clean Water Act discharge monitoring and reporting . . .

We are likely to see an increase in these types of criminal negligence prosecutions by DOJ/EPA, involving companies who fail to provide sufficient oversight over employees who collect, monitor and report environmental quality reports to the state regulatory agency or to EPA.   The company in the present case admitted to failing to meaningfully supervise the […]
October 19, 2018

Court decision involving EPA temperature TMDL for Columbia and Snake Rivers has implications for climate change, warming waters, and species . . .

On October 18, the District Court for Western District of Washington rejected EPA’s motion for summary judgment arguing that the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq. did not require EPA to develop a temperature Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Columbia and lower Snake River.  (court order linked here)  The Columbia […]
July 27, 2018

DOI limits compensatory mitigation on BLM lands . . .

This week the Trump Administration rolled out a new policy (Memo No. 2018-093) discontinuing certain mitigation practices involving natural resource impacts on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  While the policy states that “voluntary” compensatory mitigation will be allowed in certain circumstances, it ends the practice of BLM accepting monetary payment […]