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The Changing Scope of Federal Power Under the Clean Water Act: Are Discharges of Pollutants From a Point Source to Groundwater Regulated Under the Clean Water Act?

by Gabrielle E. Thompson, Ankur K. Tohan; K&L Gates LLP 21 November 2019 On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in County of Maui, Hawai´i v. Hawai´i Wildlife Fund,[1] a case that considers whether the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) applies to discharges of pollutants from point sources into groundwater that…

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The Chicago Ozone Nonattainment Area Status Has Become a Moving Target

By Ann Zwick, Freeborn & Peters on November 7, 2019 The ink is barely dry on the reclassification of the Chicago ozone nonattainment area from moderate to serious, under the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) intends to seek redesignation to attainment.  According to IEPA staff,…

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DOJ Policy Review of SEPs May Have Big Implications for Company Environmental Settlements

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is in the midst of a comprehensive policy review regarding the use of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) in settlements of environmental enforcement actions. This review could potentially have far-reaching implications for companies that seek to settle such actions brought by either the federal government, or in the case of…

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Illinois EPA’s Office of Energy Awards Grant to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale for Innovative Engineering Project

Project Will Deliver Solar, Energy Storage and Communication Resilience SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John J. Kim has announced that the Agency’s Office of Energy has issued a $900,000 grant award to SIU Carbondale for a unique solar photovoltaic plus energy storage and communication resiliency project. The SIU Solar + Storage project…

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Michigan to protect public from PFAS containing firefighting foam under $1.4 million collection and disposal program

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) announced today the state has approved $1.4 million for the collection and disposal of PFAS-containing aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) currently held in inventory by fire departments and commercial airports across the state. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) procurement office today awarded US Ecology…

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Taking Action on PFAS

Issues related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been top-of-mind for the environmental industry since the early 2000s, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised concerns about PFAS-related health effects. Over the past two decades, such substances have drawn increased attention, prompting state and federal regulators to grapple with the challenges of how…

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Announcing New e-Manifest User Fees Effective October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2021

The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act authorized EPA to implement a national electronic manifest system and required that the costs of developing and operating e-Manifest be recovered from user fees. In its 2018 User Fee final rule, EPA established a methodology by which the Agency would set user fees every two fiscal years. For…

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A&WMA-LMSS 2019 Annual Waste Conference Highlights – Session III – State Regulatory Agency Panel

Article provided by Laura Sugano, Roux Associates, Inc.   State Regulatory Agency Panel, the third session of the Annual Waste Conference, was moderated by Larry Falbe, Principal with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. Charles Breitenfeldt, Compliance Assistance & Voluntary Programs Partners for Clean Air Coordinator with Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) began the…

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2019 Waste Conference – Electronic Waste Recap

The following article was provided by Cathy Hill, CEO, HOBI International. Electronic waste and the dumping of IT assets is a worldwide concern. And while putting a stop to growing technology is impossible, there are ways to control how we manage our e-waste.  The easiest method is to partner with an IT Asset Disposition (ITAD)…

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EPA formalizes approach to avoid federal and state duplication of inspections and enforcement

In navigating the complex and ever-changing framework of federal, state and local environmental law, the regulated community is often subject to duplicative federal and state regulatory requirements. At times, this can lead to multiple requests from various agencies for information, notices of violation, and seemingly duplicative penalties. Further, the involvement of multiple state and federal…

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