Environmental Impact of Glitter

Wed Feb 14th, On Environmental Law, by

Valentine’s Day has become synonymous with flowers, candy, balloons, and cards but one thing that often accompanies many of these gifts is not actually so cheery.  Scientists and environmental experts are calling on the public to eliminate one Valentine’s staple from their celebrations today and throughout the year: glitter. Environmental experts argue that glitter is a direct environmental threat to aquatic environments worldwide.  Most glitter is made of plastic and, […]

Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Extended to Cover Groundwater in Ninth Circuit

Tue Feb 13th, On Environmental Law, by

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion on February 1, 2018, in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. Co of Maui requiring NPDES discharge permits for discharges to groundwater that connects to surface water.  This case has potentially significant ramifications for Superfund site cleanups involving reinjection or spreading grounds for treated contaminated groundwater, as well as municipalities, golf and recreation areas, agriculture, and businesses that contain stormwater onsite in unlined ponds that […]

Supreme Court Rules Jurisdiction for WOTUS Challenges is District Court

Wed Feb 7th, On Environmental Law, by

The U.S. Supreme Court held that challenges to an Obama-era rule defining the federal government’s authority under the Clean Water Act belong at the district rather than appellate court level, dealing a blow to executive branch agencies that argued appeals courts were the appropriate venue. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that district courts have jurisdiction over legal challenges to the 2015 Clean Water Rule, overruling the Sixth Circuit, which placed […]

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