E&W Blog

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 […]
June 14, 2017

Federal Funding Options for Clean Water

We’re linking below two helpful EPA resources for those who have questions about eligibility for federal Clean Water State Revolving Funds or may be looking to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant or finance innovative nonpoint source pollution projects. These recent EPA guidance documents provide details on a host of financing options, including SRF direct loans, […]
June 11, 2017

AG Sessions Issues New Policy on Settlement Payments – What Are the Implications for EPA Settlements

Attorney General Sessions issued a new policy this past week, Prohibition on Settlement Payments to Third Parties, in response to increased criticism by GOP regarding payments to liberal activist groups as part of a federal settlement.  The GOP has criticized the Obama DOJ for agreeing to allow big banks and corporations to pay these groups when they […]
June 7, 2017

Jeffrey Bossert Clark Chosen for Justice Environment Division

By Renee Schoof Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a George W. Bush administration Justice Department official, is President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the department’s Energy and Natural Resources Division. The White House announced the selection June 6. If confirmed as assistant attorney general, Clark would be returning to the division after serving there as deputy assistant […]
May 25, 2017

Pew Poll – Public Divided Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy

A recent Pew poll assessing public attitudes on energy and the environment indicates that Americans are increasingly supportive of environmental protection while at the same time, expressing support for reasonably priced  energy.   Any company with a long term view should take particular note of the generational divide when it comes to environmental protection.  59% of 18-29 […]
May 17, 2017

One in Four Americans are Drinking Untested or Contaminated Water

This month, the NRDC issued a report claiming one in four Americans are drinking water that comes from untested or contaminated systems. The report also identifies 12 states which NRDC claims had the most offenses.  Overall, the report confirms what we already know.  That we have a long way to go before fixing our nation’s […]
May 17, 2017

Business Roundtable Calls Nation's Water Infrastructure Needs Urgent

The Business Roundtable releases a new report this week titled “Back in Business: A Blueprint for Renewing America’s Infrastructure.”  Here is what the report has to say about rebuilding our nation’s water infrastructure: DRINKING AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE Well-maintained drinking and wastewater infrastructure systems are necessary for creating healthy and economically vibrant communities. They provide families […]
May 8, 2017

GAO Issues New Report on Drinking Water SRF

Here is a link to the new report.  CRS DWSRF Report 5-3-2017. Summary The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the federal authority for regulating contaminants in public water supplies. It includes the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program, established in 1996 to help public water systems finance infrastructure projects needed to comply with […]
April 27, 2017

Pew Research Issues New Study on Flint Water Crisis

Just Google the term “Flint Water Crisis” and you’ll generate 1.6 million hits.  It’s a story that has gripped the Nation since it first unfolded in 2015.  News spread like wildfire over social media and the mainstream news, and government officials who responded too slow quickly became overtaken by the story. Even before the water […]