E&W Blog

July 28, 2017

Bipartisan Efforts to Help Struggling Water Systems

Great bipartisan showing this week in the House Energy & Commerce Committee to provide much needed assistance to communities struggling to maintain safe and affordable drinking water systems.  Kudus to Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone, as well as subcommittee Chair, Rep. Shimkus, and Ranking Member, Rep. Tonko, and their personal and committee staff for […]
July 20, 2017

President Trump Issues E.O. on Infrastructure – Establishes Advisory Council

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2017 EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ESTABLISHING A PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON INFRASTRUCTURE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as […]
July 18, 2017

Brother Can You Spare a Dime – Removing Barriers to Helping Those in Need of Water

We see and hear about it every day – painful personal stories from those who are unable to afford the basics in life, including water.   It is estimated that nearly 12% of Americans are unable to afford their current water bills, and there are studies suggesting that percentage is likely to continue to rise. […]
July 13, 2017

Roadmap to Effective EHSS Compliance – How Does Your Program Fare?

Below are questions developed by a compliance specialist within the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division to assess the effectiveness of a corporate compliance program or areas for improvement.  These questions apply to all forms of regulatory compliance, including environment, health, safety and security programs. For companies committed to EHSS compliance, periodically using these questions […]
July 6, 2017

Trump EPA Favors Corn Farmers in Proposed Biofuels Quotas

This latest decision from the EPA on renewable fuel targets may have been designed to “split the difference” but is sure to leave many elements in the business unhappy.  At the same time, the agency is still  weighing a change in the point of obligation (i.e. who is ultimately responsible for purchasing the 15 billion plus gallons […]
June 30, 2017

Clean Coal Futures?

Is Southern Co.’s announced cessation of carbon capture efforts at its Kemper County, Mississippi power plant an indication of the U.S. future for carbon capture? Even with the current administration expressing support for carbon capture and clean coal technologies, such as Southern Co.’s Kemper County coal gasification plant, carbon capture implementation still faces many uncertainties, […]
June 29, 2017

The Kentucky Story – How One State Solved its Water Fragmentation Problem

As the States, Congress, the Administration and civic leaders grapple with aging infrastructure and rising costs associated with maintaining the nation’s 53,000 community water systems there is an increased call for more partnerships and regionalization of America’s highly fragmented water sector.  The State of Kentucky, in particular, has been a leader in the consolidation process, […]
June 28, 2017

Trump EPA Repeals Obama Clean Water Rule

This week, the Trump EPA published proposed regulations that would repeal the Obama EPA’s clean water rule, which has been mired down in litigation since it was proposed in 2014.   The Trump rule, if promulgated, would recodify the regulations that existed prior to the Obama rule, setting up a showdown with environmental groups who […]
June 28, 2017

EPA Introduces the Trump Political Team

EPA’s leadership this week introduced the Trump political team in an email from Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson. *** From: Message from the Chief of Staff Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:07 PM To: Message from the Chief of Staff <messagefromthechiefofstaff@epa.gov> Subject: Introducing EPA Political Appointees Dear Colleagues, Last weekend marked the 120th day since […]
June 19, 2017

Top State Health Official Criminally Charged in Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

This past week, Michigan’s Attorney General criminally charged the state’s top health official, and four other officials, with involuntary manslaughter for their roles in the Flint water crisis.  Nick Lyon, Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, reportedly failed to report an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that contributed to the death of […]