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February 19, 2018

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Extension of CWA Permits to Groundwater

EPA mulls regs for aquifer-to-surface contamination Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporter Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 U.S. EPA is considering whether it should regulate water pollution that travels through groundwater to surface water. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources U.S. EPA is asking the public to weigh in on whether it should require permits for pollution that […]
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. […]
October 16, 2017

EPA Administrator Pruitt Moves to Curtail Sue-and-Settle

EPA’s Administrator, Scott Pruitt, today took additional measures to reduce the number of “sue and settle” types of litigation filed by third parties against the Agency.  The practice of sue and settle has been criticized by such groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce which has characterized the practice as  [W]hen a federal agency agrees […]
July 28, 2017

Bipartisan Efforts to Help Struggling Water Systems

Great bipartisan showing this week in the House Energy & Commerce Committee to provide much needed assistance to communities struggling to maintain safe and affordable drinking water systems.  Kudus to Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone, as well as subcommittee Chair, Rep. Shimkus, and Ranking Member, Rep. Tonko, and their personal and committee staff for […]
July 6, 2017

Trump EPA Favors Corn Farmers in Proposed Biofuels Quotas

This latest decision from the EPA on renewable fuel targets may have been designed to “split the difference” but is sure to leave many elements in the business unhappy.  At the same time, the agency is still  weighing a change in the point of obligation (i.e. who is ultimately responsible for purchasing the 15 billion plus gallons […]
June 28, 2017

EPA Introduces the Trump Political Team

EPA’s leadership this week introduced the Trump political team in an email from Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson. *** From: Message from the Chief of Staff Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:07 PM To: Message from the Chief of Staff <messagefromthechiefofstaff@epa.gov> Subject: Introducing EPA Political Appointees Dear Colleagues, Last weekend marked the 120th day since […]
June 14, 2017

Federal Funding Options for Clean Water

We’re linking below two helpful EPA resources for those who have questions about eligibility for federal Clean Water State Revolving Funds or may be looking to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant or finance innovative nonpoint source pollution projects. These recent EPA guidance documents provide details on a host of financing options, including SRF direct loans, […]
January 21, 2017

Trump Issues Regulatory Freeze Memo

On day one, President Trump carried through on his election promise to roll-back federal regulations, issuing a memo to all agencies to freeze all proposed regulations for review by his incoming cabinet.  Here’s his Regulatory Freeze Memo signed by Reince Priebus, and here is a list of 30 regulations that are subject to the freeze.
December 20, 2016

Four More Criminally Charged in Flint Water Crisis, Including Flint's Public Utilities Director

Four more state and City employees were criminally indicted today in the ongoing criminal investigation into the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis.  The fall-out will continue to reverberate across the country.  This from CNN: CNN Report Four officials in charge of Flint’s water, including two who reported directly to Governor Rick Snyder, have been named […]
September 8, 2016

Senate Advances Waterways Bill with Aid to Flint

Senate Advances Waterways Bill with Aid to Flint By Melanie Zanona – 09/07/16 06:16 PM EDT The Hill The Senate agreed to advance a $9.4 billion waterways bill on Wednesday that provides emergency funding for lead-contaminated communities like Flint, Mich. By voice vote, the upper chamber adopted the motion to proceed to the Water Resources […]