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11 Dec 2018DOJ Guidance Aimed at Curbing Police Abuses Affects CWA Consent Decrees
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance on November 7, 2018, imposing restrictions on consent decrees. The purpose of the guidance, issued on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ final day in office, is widely understood to limit the DOJ’s use of consent decrees to address civil rights abuses by police departments. The guidance, however, potentially
26 Nov 2018Is IDEM’s Takeover of the 404 Permitting Program a Good Idea or All Wet?
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is actively exploring a takeover of the U.S. Army Corps’ Section 404 permitting program, as reported from the United States Protection Agency/Region 5 (EPA) meeting earlier this fall. If completed, most of the Clean Water Act Section 404 dredge and fill permits issued in Indiana would be issued
07 Sep 2018Proposed Changes to Ohio River Pollution Standards Up for ORSANCO Vote
Following through on a proposal first considered in 2015, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is nearing an October 4, 2018, vote on whether to remove portions of its Pollution Control Standards in its 2018 review of these rules. Based on the comments received on the proposal, the vote may be controversial. If
17 May 2018EPA Considers Expanding Its Jurisdiction to Include Permitting ‘Discharges’ to Groundwater
The Clean Water Act (CWA) has long been understood to regulate discharges to surface waters through its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program. Historically, courts have been clear that only direct discharges to those jurisdictional surface waters require NPDES permits. In recent years, a growing number of courts have begun to recognize “hydrologic