E&W Blog

March 26, 2020

EPA Issues COVID-19 Policy on Implications for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

March 26, 2020 MEMORANDUM SUBJECT: COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program FROM: Susan Parker Bodine TO: All Governmental and Private Sector Partners As all of us at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adjust to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we are first and foremost mindful of the health and safety of the public, […]
February 14, 2020

States Publish Compilation of PFAs Guidelines and Considerations

Many states, tribes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Congress continue to grapple with how best to deal with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) known colloquially as “forever chemicals.”  This week the Environmental Council of States, an association representing state environmental secretaries, published a very helpful compilation of state practices and considerations found here, ECOS […]
February 13, 2020
Mary Ellen Ternes

Plastic Planet

Plastic is a remarkable material that has forever changed our societal expectations regarding the quality of our food, water, health care, safety and products that improve our lives every day. But all good things remain good within limits. For many years now there has been growing recognition that, because plastic does not degrade like natural […]
January 24, 2020
Mary Ellen Ternes

Microplastics – Defining “Harm”

Consider listening in to the free National Academy of Sciences (NAS) “Emerging Technologies to Advance Research and Decisions on the Environmental Health Effects of Microplastics, A Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions,” Workshop and Webcast, Jan. 27-28, 2020. Mary Ellen Ternes, Partner, E&W Law LLC, will be setting the legal landscape for policy […]
November 20, 2019

Earth & Water Law Welcomes New Partner, Ken Komoroski

For Immediate Release November 20, 2019 Contact:  Brent Fewell 202-664-9297 brent.fewell@earthandwatergroup.com Earth & Water Law Group Welcomes Ken Komoroski Washington, D.C., November 20, 2019 – Earth & Water Law, LLC (part of the Earth & Water Law Group) announced today the addition of Ken Komoroski to the partnership.  With over 30 years of experience in the […]
November 15, 2019

Earth & Water Law Participates on ABA Environmental Crimes Panel

Earth & Water Law Group’s Chair and Founder, Brent Fewell, moderated an ABA panel this week in Washington DC to explore trends in federal environmental prosecutions.  The panel included Deborah Harris, DOJ’s Environmental Crimes Division Chief, Professor David Uhlmann, Michigan School of Law, Mike Fisher, Legal Director of EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, and Nadira […]
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 […]
October 12, 2019

Plant manager criminally charged and sentenced under CAA general duty clause . . .

Despite the reduction in enforcement resources at today’s EPA, serious misconduct is still being investigated and prosecuted by DOJ and EPA.  The recent Clean Air Act conviction of a senior executive at a Montana energy company demonstrates EPA’s criminal program will continue to focus attention on catastrophic incidents and the underlying conduct that may contribute […]
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 […]