E&W Blog

January 2, 2017

Community Wins $22M Against Shell Oil for Contaminated Water Supply

A jury awarded $22M to a community near Fresno, California for a chemical contaminant found in its public drinking water wells.  The contaminant, known as TCP (1,2,3-trichloropropane), was an impurity found in a soil fumigant manufactured by Shell used to control soil nematodes.  The contamination effected water wells in an agricultural area serving 108,000 people […]
January 2, 2017

E&W's Michael Curley Has an Economical Solution for Replacing America's Lead Pipes

Flint Redux Reposted From The Huffington Post The people of Flint and the thousands of other cities who have water contaminated by lead are between a rock and a hard place. For some, there is the short-term solution of adding chemicals to the water that will retard the lead corrosion. But the long-term solution is […]
December 21, 2016

EPA Extends Comment Deadline on Key Renewable Fuel Standard Provision

In November, the EPA announced that it would deny a petition sought by refiners and importers of fuel to change the regulatory “point of obligation” within the RFS program.   In light of strong public interest, however, the agency announced that it will extend public comment an additional 30 days, through February 23, 2017.   […]
December 21, 2016

EPA Issues Interim Final Rule on Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA)

Concurrent with Congress’ action to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 (discussed here), which authorized $20M in funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance an Innovation Act (WIFIA) of 2014, EPA has issued an interim direct rule to implement WIFIA.  Congress authorized EPA to provide federal credit assistance through WIFIA in the form […]
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 […]
December 19, 2016

Federal Court Affirms EPA's Discretion Against Regulating Nutrient Impaired Waters

A decision this week by a federal district court Judge in Louisiana affirms the U.S. EPA’s decision not to regulate nutrients in the main stem of the Mississippi River.  The decision is not unexpected, but is viewed as a victory for EPA and the States.  The court decision can be found here. For those who […]
December 19, 2016

David LaFrance of AWWA Talks Getting the Lead out of our Water

The Path from Flint By:  David B. LaFrance  “The tragedy in this Michigan city demonstrates the need for vigilance in protecting families from lead in drinking water. There will be no better moment to develop workable solutions for getting the heavy metal out, protecting public health, and renewing faith in this basic resource.” It is […]
December 16, 2016

Congress Responds to Flint Water Crisis, Requiring More Accountability

This past week was met with both good and bad news.  Let’s start with the bad news.  A USA Today article reports that 4 million Americans could be drinking toxic water and wouldn’t know.   According to the story, RANGER, Texas — The leaders of this former oil boomtown never gave 2-year-old Adam Walton a chance […]
December 15, 2016

U.S. Authorities Close in on Volkswagen Criminal Settlement

Media Mention From Financial Times, Dec. 14, 201 . . . James Robert Liang, a VW engineer, in September became the first person to plead guilty to criminal charges, including conspiring to defraud US customers and regulators. He agreed to co-operate with prosecutors, and Daniel Nixon, Mr Liang’s lawyer, described him as only “one of […]
November 30, 2016

Earth & Water Launches Environment, Health, Safety and Security Roundtable

Over 20 senior corporate EHS leaders met today in Washington, DC to launch EHS2 – Earth & Water’s Environment Health, Safety and Security Roundtable. EHS2 is a membership forum for senior EHS leaders to come together to address current and emerging legal, technical and operational risks and challenges they face across all regulated sectors and […]