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September 8, 2016

DOJ Indicts Wastewater Operator and Engineering Company for CWA Violations

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Clark Summit Man And Engineering Firm Indicted For Violations Of Clean Water Act And Tampering With Government Witness SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that David D. Klepadlo, age […]
September 8, 2016

Senate Advances Waterways Bill with Aid to Flint

Senate Advances Waterways Bill with Aid to Flint By Melanie Zanona – 09/07/16 06:16 PM EDT The Hill The Senate agreed to advance a $9.4 billion waterways bill on Wednesday that provides emergency funding for lead-contaminated communities like Flint, Mich. By voice vote, the upper chamber adopted the motion to proceed to the Water Resources […]
September 6, 2016

The Compliance Dilemma of Failing Public Water Systems

Encouraging Greater Compliance Requires a Change in the Status Quo Reprinted from Journal AWWA, September 2016, Law & Water Opinion Author:  Brent Fewell In the March 2016 issue of Journal AWWA, I wrote “The Failure of Cooperative Federalism in Flint, Michigan,” a Law & Water column that reflected on the important role of the US […]
September 1, 2016

E&W Team is Pleased to Announce the Addition of Lindene Patton

      For Immediate Release September 1, 2016 Contact:  Brent Fewell 202-664-9297 brent.fewell@earthandwatergroup.com Lindene Patton Joins Earth & Water Group Earth & Water Group, a full-service virtual environmental solutions provider, today announced the expansion of its legal team by naming Lindene Patton as Partner of Earth & Water Law, LLC.  Ms. Patton previously served […]
August 31, 2016

EPA Inspector General Launches Investigation Into EPA Oversight of State Drinking Water

This week EPA’s Inspector General’s Office sent a letter to Joel Beauvais, head of EPA’s office of water, and Cynthia Giles, EPA’s enforcement office, advising the Agency’s leadership of its plan to begin evaluating the effectiveness of EPA’s oversight of state drinking water quality programs, particularly the reporting of drinking water sampling.  The OIG letter, which can […]
August 31, 2016

State Blueprint Now Available for Water Quality Trading

The Association of Clean Water Administrators and Willamette Partnership this month released a toolkit for states who are interested in establishing water quality trading as a way to restore degraded waters.  Water quality trading is a market-based approached that can help to accelerate the restoration of water impaired by various pollutants, including excess nutrients from […]
August 16, 2016

E&W Summer Newsletter – Tips and Trends for EHS Leaders

E&W’s summer newsletter is now available here.  Check out the latest enforcement trends and key takeaways for corporate EHS leaders and managers.  If you are interested in receiving our quarterly newsletter and information regarding upcoming events, please visit our website at www.earthandwatergroup.com and sign-up for a free subscription.  
August 14, 2016

Doug Parker Discusses DOJ's Greater Scrutiny of Workplace Health & Safety

August 11, 2016

EPA Stepping Up Enforcement Actions Against Public Water Systems

In a sign of changing times, the U.S. EPA this week issued an order against Tarrytown, New York, for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act’s Lead and Copper Rule.  Below is EPA’s press release issued today.  Until the water crisis occurred in Flint, Michigan, these types of enforcement actions have historically been handled at […]
July 31, 2016

A Broken Culture is Largely to Blame for America's Water Crisis

As a former EPA water official and executive of a water company, I’ve had a lot of time and experience to reflect on our nation’s water woes. Our current “water crisis,” as many call it, is complicated but it is a failure of governance as much as it is a failure of government.  Unfortunately, until […]