Brent Fewell

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 […]
July 24, 2018

EPA’s Inspector General issues final report on Flint Michigan water crisis – cites management weakness as main culprit . . .

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final report this past week dealing with the circumstances in Flint Michigan that lead to the exposure of residents to elevated levels of lead in drinking water. After Flint switched its drinking water supply in April 2014, inadequate water treatment […]
July 18, 2018

GAO issues new report – millions of school children at risk for harmful lead levels in drinking water . . .

According to the GAO report, Nationwide, school districts vary in terms of whether they have tested for lead in school drinking water, with many not testing. According to our survey of school districts, an estimated 43 percent tested for lead in school drinking water in at least one school in the last 12 months, while […]
June 19, 2018

White House signals significant changes to NEPA regulations . . .

The Trump White House has signaled its intent to begin rewriting regulations for the National Environmental Policy Act.  Although each federal agency has its own NEPA regulations, CEQ’s regulations serve as broad guidelines for the entire government. CEQ submitted an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to the Federal Register on Friday, June 15, that reflects the direction of this […]
June 11, 2018

Federal court issues preliminary injunction to Obama WOTUS Rule . . .

A federal district court in Georgia has issued a preliminary injunction, staying the Obama Clean Streams Law, which sought to clarify the federal government’s jurisdiction of Waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act.  A number of States, including Georgia, West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin filed suit in […]
May 24, 2018

Earth & Water Law Group Welcomes Craig Manson as Newest Partner

 For Immediate Release May 24, 2018 Contact:  Brent Fewell   202-664-9297 brent.fewell@earthandwatergroup.com Earth & Water Law Group Expands to West Coast Washington, D.C., May 24, 2018 – Earth & Water Law, LLC, part of the Earth & Water Law Group, announced today the expansion of its practice to the West Coast. Craig Manson, former California […]
May 23, 2018

EPA proposes 4-step plan to regulate PFOAs in drinking water . . .

Administrator Pruitt Kicks Off National Leadership Summit on PFAS Announces EPA’s four-step plan WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt opened the National Leadership Summit on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by announcing concrete steps the Agency plans to take following the Summit: EPA’s Four-Step Action Plan: EPA will initiate steps to evaluate the need […]
May 20, 2018

EPA Proposes Changes to Risk Management Program . . .

Final Amendments to the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule   Update On May 17, 2018, EPA’s Administrator signed a proposed rule requesting public comment on several proposed changes to the final RMP Amendments issued on January 13, 2017. For more information, please see: Proposed Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration Rule. On June 9, 2017, the EPA […]
May 7, 2018

EPA announces new audit policy (and self-reporting) to addresss significant noncompliance in oil and gas industry . . .

New Owner Clean Air Act Audit Program for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Facilities Related Information Materials from February 2018 Oil and Natural Gas Roundtable to enhance coordination and communication, and ensure responsible domestic energy production Unconventional oil and gas New Owner Audit Program The EPA is in the process of developing a New […]
April 25, 2018

Enviros threaten to sue City of Newark and State for lead contaminated drinking water . . .

Environmental groups plan to sue Newark over elevated levels of lead in water By HEATHER KAYS April 24, 2018 at 6:40 PM Newark, NJ–The Newark Education Workers Caucus (NEW Caucus) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announced plans to sue the city of Newark for elevated levels of lead in the water on Tuesday. […]