E&W Blog

March 1, 2017

President Trump Issues E.O., Readying to Rescind Clean Water Rule

This week, President Trump issued an Executive Order that signals the beginning process for rescinding the Obama EPA’s rule redefining Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act. The E.O. can be found here, but it’s included below in its entirety. Because the Rule is subject to the notice-and-comment requirements of the Administrative […]
March 1, 2017

Workshop on Maryland Nutrient Trading/Tracking (MNTT) Maryland Department of Agriculture March 15, 1-4 p.m. at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD

The Agricultural Certainty and Trading Programs use the state-specific version, the Maryland Nutrient Trading/Tracking Tool or MNTT, of the multi-state platform known as the Chesapeake Bay Trading/Tracking Tool or CBNTT to determine baseline eligibility and/or credit generation capacity.  MDA has just completed a re-calibration of the MNTT to reflect the updated APEX model and some […]
February 25, 2017

DOJ Issues New Compliance Guidelines – How Does Your EHS Program Measure Up?

Benjamin Franklin, known for his wisdom and sophisms, uttered a number of now famous quotes, including, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  That particular quote has its roots in Franklin’s efforts to organize the Philadelphia Union Fire Company and the creation of institutionalized fire-fighting.  The underlying theme, that it was far […]
February 21, 2017

Earth & Water Opens Office in Oklahoma City

For Immediate Release February 21, 2017 Contact:  Brent Fewell Tel: 202/280-6362 E: brent.Fewell@earthandwatergroup.com Earth & Water Group Announces Expansion Earth & Water Group, a full-service virtual environmental solutions provider, today announced the expansion of its operations with the opening of its office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and an addition to its management team by naming […]
February 21, 2017

Are States Assuming More Assertive Enforcement Role in Trump Era?

With Administrator Pruitt’s EPA in the earliest stages, some of the environmental enforcement action may be moving to the states.  The proposed changes in New Mexico, as seen in the article below, are emblematic of conversations going on in legislatures and regulatory agencies across the country.   As companies assess the enforcement landscape, and their own […]
February 12, 2017

U.S. Water Alliance Announces Roundtable Forum on National Water Infrastructure Priorities – March 9, 2017

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation and the US Water Alliance are hosting a roundtable discussion Thursday March 9, 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm with water sector associations to share initial policy recommendations from the One Water for America National Listening Sessions project.  This meeting will take place at […]
February 10, 2017

Failing Water Infrastructure Driving Innovation in Water Financing?

The Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program recently released their study findings that evaluated “the current context for local water infrastructure investment in the United States, with a particular focus on large drinking water utilities”. Not surprisingly, many if not most U.S. cities are saddled with significant debt and not able to increase their funding of failing water pipe replacement and new […]
February 8, 2017

What Does a Trump EPA Bode for Environmental Enforcement?

Doug Parker, President of Earth & Water Strategies, and former head of EPA’s criminal investigation division, has a piece in this week’s BNA Daily Environment Report that offers perspective on the future of federal civil and criminal environmental enforcement in a Trump Administration.  A pdf version of the article can be found here BNA Parker Enforcement […]
January 30, 2017

President Trump Issues E.O. on Reducing Regulations and Regulatory Costs

President Trump rolls out his Executive Order on agency regulations.  The E.O. can be found here.   As expected, the E.O. calls for the identification of two regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation proposed.   The Director of OMB will be developing guidance for agencies to follow this new directive.       […]
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.