E&W Blog

May 19, 2016

E&W Strategies', Doug Parker, former EPA senior enforcement official, cautions agency for substituting boots-on-the-ground with technology

Former EPA Criminal Investigations Chief Faults ‘Next Generation’ Efforts May 18, 2016 By David LaRoss InsideEPA EPA’s former chief of criminal investigations is criticizing the agency for shifting resources and staff toward its data-focused “Next Generation” compliance initiative in lieu of in-person inspections, saying that Next Generation alone will not achieve sufficiently strong enforcement which […]
May 12, 2016

How Would EPA React to a Trump White House – E&W's Parker Responds

Employees ‘anxious’ about ‘scary’ Trump Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter Published: Thursday, May 12, 2016 Donald Trump as the presumptive 2016 Republican presidential nominee has left EPA workers feeling “anxious,” according to union leaders. Photo by Gage Skidmore, courtesy of Flickr. Karen Kellen, who represents thousands of U.S. EPA workers as president of the American Federation of […]
May 11, 2016

Senator Inhofe Signals WRDA 2016 to be Done by July

Inhofe sets sights on passing WRDA this summer Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said yesterday that he expects Congress to pass the 2016 Water Resources Development Act by mid-July. The massive water resources and infrastructure bill is a priority for Inhofe and […]
May 6, 2016

E&W Strategies President, Doug Parker, in the News – Discusses EPA Criminal Enforcement

Ex-EPA Criminal Chief Says Enforcement Is Short-Changed Share us on: By Juan Carlos Rodriguez Law360, New York (May 5, 2016, 6:39 PM ET) — The former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigations Division and the current chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s sister section said Thursday the Obama administration has thrown […]
May 3, 2016

AWWA and Water Leaders Explore Solutions to Flint and Lead in Drinking Water

Today, the American Water Works Association convened in the Nation’s Capital to discuss the needs to ensure the delivery of safe drinking water to the American public, and the replacement of lead service lines which contributed to the health crisis in Flint.   The event was standing room only.   AWWA’s CEO, David LaFrance, along […]
April 27, 2016

Kinnan Golemon, Pioneer of Environmental Law – Celebrating Those Who Made Earth Day a Reality

This week, as we celebrate Earth Day, we take a moment to honor and reflect upon those pioneers whose hard work and determination helped usher in the modern-day environmental movement.  Kinnan Golemon, the rugged, insightful and wicked smart lawyer hailing from the Lone Star State, was recognized this week along side 23 others for his […]
April 26, 2016

E&W Group Publishes Inaugural Compliance and Enforcement Newsletter – Trends and Tips

For those who are interested in the latest developments in Environment Health and Safety compliance, how to build an effective compliance program, and tips on how to keep your employees safe and stay off the regulator’s enforcement radar, here is a link to a complimentary copy E&W Compliance & Enforcement Newsletter (April 2016 Issue).  To subscribe […]
April 20, 2016

Criminal Charges to be Filed Against State and Local Officials in Flint Water Crisis

According to NBC News As many as three Michigan officials will face criminal charges Wednesday in connection with lead contamination in Flint’s municipal water system, multiple government sources said Tuesday. The sources told NBC News and NBC station WDIV of Detroit that state Attorney General Bill Schuette will announce criminal charges against two employees of […]
April 13, 2016

Ex-EPA Criminal Enforcement Head Jumps To Private Sector

By Stan Parker Law360, New York (April 12, 2016, 4:14 PM ET) — The former director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal enforcement division will be joining several other former EPA officials at a new group that focuses on pairing strategic consulting with legal services for environmental law issues. Earth & Water Group LLC announced Monday […]
April 11, 2016

Former Senior EPA Enforcement Official, Doug Parker, Joins Earth & Water Team

Top cop gets a new beat Reprinted from E&E Reporter Robin Bravender Published: Monday, April 11, 2016 U.S. EPA’s former top cop has landed a new gig in the private sector, where he’s joining several agency alumni. Doug Parker left his post last week as director of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, a career post, after […]