E&W Blog

March 14, 2018

How Pruitt Distinguishes Trump’s EPA

Practitioner Insights: How Pruitt Distinguishes Trump’s EPA Reposted from Bloomberg Environment, Daily Environment Reporter March 13, 2018 Author:  Doug Parker The EPA may be the agency that best exemplifies the drastic change from the Obama administration to the Trump administration. Administrator Scott Pruitt has focused on advocating for the growth of the fossil fuel sector […]
February 26, 2018

Let the US EPA Coal Ash Rule Procedures Work

Let the US EPA coal ash rule procedures work Environmentalists are raising concerns about risks to groundwater from coal ash, making this an opportune time to clarify EPA’s 2015 coal combustion residual rule, attorney Brent Fewell writes. AUTHOR, Brent Fewell Republished from Utility Dive,  Feb. 26, 2018 In recent weeks, environmental activists have begun to […]
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 […]
February 19, 2018

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Carbon Dioxide

by Mary Ellen Ternes Reprinted from ABA with permission NR&E Winter 2018 There is a train wreck happening in U.S. climate policy that will not be resolved soon. But perhaps carbon capture and utilization can assist while we figure this out. As a former chemical engineer from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Superfund and […]
February 12, 2018

White House Infrastructure Plan and EPA Budget Priorities

Two documents hot off the press today, EPA FY2019 Budget and White House Infrastructure Plan.
February 12, 2018

Trump EPA Touts Enforcement as Key to Positive Health and Environmental Outcomes

The release of EPA’s fiscal year 2017 enforcement results give a picture of the enforcement priorities .  The results reflect four months of the Obama administration and eight months of the Trump administration, and the major cases that make up the results in terms of pollution impacts, fines, and injunctive relief were all either initiated or completed […]
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 […]
February 1, 2018

U.S. Water Alliance’s Big Idea #3 for Rebuilding Nation’s Water Infrastructure

As part of the U.S. Water Alliance’s 7 BIG Ideas for better managing water resources in the U.S., here is Big Idea 3.  (Reposted from U.S. Water Alliance).  CEO, Radhika Fox, and her team continue to promote common-sense solutions and reform to solve the Nation’s continuing water woes, including providing economic hope and support to […]
January 29, 2018

White House Floats Ideas for Streamlining Infrastructure Permitting

Another leaked White House document that portends legislative changes to NEPA regarding procedures to review environmental impacts and permit infrastructure projects. White-House-Draft-Plan-to-Streamline-Federal Permitting.  As with many policy proposals in Washington, it’s not unusual for these types of documents to be leaked on purpose, to guage public reaction.   As once told, “leaking is a way of life […]
January 23, 2018

Glimpse into Trump’s Infrastructure Package . . . and Implications for Water

As we await a rollout of the Administration’s infrastructure package, there are a few clues as to what we can expect based on a leaked 6-page summary document found here.