E&W Blog

June 8, 2016

Top 10 Mistakes You Can Make in EHS Compliance

By Brent Fewell Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of clients develop and assess their EHS compliance programs.   Some do compliance well and others, well, let’s just say others don’t know what they don’t know.  And that will come back to bite them. The goal must always be effective compliance in terms of protecting the […]
June 2, 2016

Congress Should Incentivize Clean Water – Reward the Innovators

Folks, it’s high time we stop talking and start doing.  Michael Curley, lawyer and author of ‘Finance Policy for Renewable Energy and a Sustainable Environment’, makes a compelling case for Congress to incentivize clean water.  Here is Mike’s proposition, reposted from the Huffington Post. Congress got a report from EPA last week that they can use to […]
June 1, 2016

In Significant Decision, Supreme Court Grants Landowners More Rights in Wetlands Cases

In a rare 8-0 unanimous decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that Army Corps of Engineers’ wetlands determinations can be challenged in court.  Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor and Kagan joined.  Three separate concurring opinions were filed by Kennedy, Kagan and Ginsburg.  The decision in U.S. […]
May 27, 2016

Washington DC – Israel Water Summit, June 30

Washington D.C. – Israel Water Summit: “Israel and the Global Water Crisis: Practical Approaches” Thursday, June 30, 2016 Registration 8:00 am • Water Summit 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Hogan Lovells, LLP Conference Center 555 13th Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20004 Register by June 17 at jnf.org/dcwatersummit. Both a national and global water crisis […]
May 26, 2016

Public-Private Partnerships – Helping to Close the Growing Water Crisis

The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a new report this week titled, Bridging the Gap Together: A New Model to Modernize U.S. Infrastructure, highlighting the needs and opportunities for public-private partnerships to help address the growing water crisis in many communities around the country.  Here is the forward by Susan Story, CEO of American Water, and […]
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 […]