Tag Archives: U.S. EPA

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Clean Water Case

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Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hawkes v. US Army Corps of Engineers, a case involving a jurisdictional determination (“JD”) under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) Section 404 permitting program.  Specifically, the case deals with the question of whether a JD is subject to immediate judicial review, or if landowners must […]

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Supreme Court Rejection of Farm Bureau Appeal = Significant Clean Water Victory for NACWA Members

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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not review the lower court’s decision in American Farm Bureau v. EPA. The Court’s rejection of the appeal essentially affirms the unanimous 2015 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, upholding EPA’s final total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake […]

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Flint Crisis Spurs National Dialogue, Water Sector Responds

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The unfolding drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to receive significant national media attention, and serves as an important reminder to all Americans about the fundamental importance of safe and reliable water treatment.  As the facts in Flint continue to unfold, all can agree that the residents of Flint deserve much better and that […]

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NACWA Sends Strong Resolution to Capitol Hill Opposing Great Lakes Provision in Senate EPA Spending Bill

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Over the past couple of weeks, we have been up on The Hill urging Senators to oppose Section 428 of the Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 spending package. Section 428 would prohibit wastewater agencies that discharge directly or indirectly to the Great Lakes from discharging overflows of any kind, including combined sewer overflows (CSOs) […]

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The Nation’s Capital Shows Leadership on Integrated Planning, Green Infrastructure & Jobs

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At an event in Washington, DC today, DC Water announced its new agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to modify its long term control plan for green infrastructure to meet obligations under its wet weather consent decree. In addition to the multiple benefits that green infrastructure – […]

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What Gifts Will EPA Leave Us Under The Clean Water Tree?

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As everyone gets ready to celebrate the holidays, it is always worthwhile to think about the past year and to look ahead to what may be in store for the clean water community. NACWA is proud that we have played a key role through active collaborations in advancing the implementation of EPA’s 2012 Integrated Planning […]

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Texas’ Unlikely GHG Story

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Texas recently found itself in a very unlikely regulatory position. Historically the Lone Star State is typically positioned on the side of light environmental regulation. In a convoluted story of unintended consequences, Texas’ original stance against subjecting and regulating greenhouse gasses (GHGs) under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Program, resulted in […]

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Moving Toward Sustainability: It’s a Trek, not a Sprint!

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It’s no secret that water and wastewater utilities across the country are dealing with an unprecedented set of challenges including aging infrastructure, increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, and competing priorities within the communities they serve. The list goes on and on.  At the same time, more and more utilities are assuming leadership roles related to community […]

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No National Stormwater Rule, Now What?

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Warmer temperatures have broken out in most of the country, thankfully putting a lid on the bitter chill of winter. While others were deep in hibernation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was busy making announcements that will significantly affect the trajectory of stormwater regulation around the country. In late March, EPA’s Office of Water released […]

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Advocating for Our Future: Thoughts from NACWA’s Law Seminar

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Several themes dominated NACWA’s recently held 2013 National Clean Water Law Seminar: the Clean Water Act (CWA) is showing its age and is set in its ways but is here to stay for the foreseeable future and the forecast is Stormy with 100% Chance of More Regulation as one session was appropriately titled.  While the […]

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