Brent Fewell

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 […]
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 […]