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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 […]
November 17, 2016

E&W's Parker Discusses Enforcement Under Trump EPA

Enforcement strategy likely to change under Trump Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporterGreenwire: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Former EPA and DOJ enforcement officials spanning the Clinton to Obama administrations. From left to right: Eric Schaeffer, Doug Parker, Justin Savage and Andrew Stewart. Photos courtesy of: Center for Progressive Reform, E&ETV, Hogan Lovells and Vinson & Elkins […]
November 4, 2016

Increased Alignment of E and HS (and Enforcement) and What it Means to Your Company

This past week, John Cruden, DOJ’s top environmental prosecutor, offered the keynote address at the ABA Environmental Section’s annual conference.  Cruden offered a lot of useful information and a glimpse into Next Generation compliance (and enforcement).  What many may be unaware of is that DOJ has made the issue of worker safety a top priority […]
October 5, 2016

E&W's Parker Discusses Fraud in the Renewable Fuel Standard Program on E&E TV

September 22, 2016

Earth & Water Group and Reason Foundation Host Capitol Hill Briefing on P3s and Water Infrastructure

E&W and Reason Foundation will host a facilitated discussion on the role of public-private partnerships (P3s) in the water sector.  As Senate and House Members and the various committees explore ways to help address our aging water infrastructure, the opportunities for P3 collaborations continue to grow. P3s can help increase local investment, leverage innovation, and offer […]
September 19, 2016

Murky Biofuel Market Vulnerable to Fraud, Former EPA Cop Warns

  September 19, 2016 12:37PM ET | Bloomberg Government (Bloomberg) — A program to boost the use of biofuels in the U.S. has become vulnerable to scams that have bilked victims out of nearly $1 billion so far, warns a former Environmental Protection Agency official in a white paper funded by an opponent of the […]