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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Draft Basin Boundary Emergency Regulations Released by California’s Department of Water Resources – Public Comments Due September 4, 2015

Mon Aug 24th, On Environmental Law, by

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will adopt emergency regulations implementing California’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) by November 2015. Comments are due to DWR by September 4, 2015. The SGMA empowers local agencies to adopt groundwater management plans that meet the needs of their communities. The goal is to manage the state’s aquifers to survive drought and climate change to ensure a reliable water supply. As part of […]

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Animas River is a Clean Water Act Crime Scene

Thu Aug 20th, On Environmental Law, by

Residents along the Animas River in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, have deemed their river a “crime scene.” EPA and its contractors could be criminally responsible for violating the Clean Water Act as a result of the recent toxic spill in Colorado to the Animas River caused by EPA workers. CWA is the primary Federal statute governing the restoration and maintenance of the “chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the […]

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Fifteen States File Petition in Federal Court to Stay EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Mon Aug 17th, On Environmental Law, by

A group of fifteen state attorneys general filed a petition in federal court to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) recently unveiled Clean Power Plan, in the first of several expected legal challenges to the new regulation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming urged the D.C. Circuit appellate court […]

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“The River Restores Itself” …. And Other Hopeful Messages from EPA

Fri Aug 14th, On Environmental Law, by

On August 5th, a team from EPA was investigating an abandoned mine called the Gold King, located near Durango, Colorado. The Gold King mine had been abandoned in 1923, but EPA had been investigating a leak from the mine of contaminated water. EPA was implementing a project to cap a nearby mine, which required the installation of a drainage pipe at the Gold King Mine. To do so, a worker […]

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