EPA has finalized its proposed “zero discharge” rule for the oil and gas industry, with a Federal Register Notice published on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 [81 Fed. Reg. 41845]. The rule aims to protect rivers and drinking water supplies from direct discharges by municipal sewage plants of wastewater resulting from unconventional oil and gas (UOG)… Read More »
In the midst of the current economic downturn, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“WVDEP”) had proposed significant changes to the agency’s water program rules. Note that changes adopted during the 2016 legislative session for the WQS rule are to become effective on July 8, 2016.
On June 22, 2016 President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, more commonly known as the “Toxic Substances Control Act Reform” bill. The bill strengthens what environmental commentators considered to be one of the weakest environmental protection laws on the books. The bill revamps the Toxic Substances… Read More »
On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals issued the opinion in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc, et al. (No. 15-290). This is a unanimous opinion which is noteworthy since the Court is thought to be of an evenly split philosophy of conservatives and liberals and therefore incapable… Read More »