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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
09 Aug 2018ASTM Works to Standardize Resiliency Planning
Resiliency planning and infrastructure management are growing issues not only in environmental law, but also more generally in the normal affairs of communities and businesses. For example, resiliency planning – once relegated to climate-change discussions – recently has appeared in guidance documents from USEPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers, and may be a
28 Jun 2018Preparing for PFAS Regulation – Important Considerations on Emerging Contaminants
I just gave a presentation on emerging contaminants, with the response to “PFAS” contamination – perfluorinated chemicals – the latest, high-profile set of chemicals providing lessons for the regulated community (and perhaps regulators) to learn from. This presentation was an outgrowth of a State Bar journal article I’d recently published providing a primer on how
01 Jun 2018U.S. EPA Asks for Help Developing Blending Rule for POTWs – This Time, Do They Mean It?
U.S. EPA recently announced its intent to develop a proposed rulemaking to govern the use of blending to treat peak wet weather flows at public wastewater utilities. This isn’t the first time, the agency has started this process, but Administrator Pruitt’s comments suggest the effort may go the distance this time. U.S. EPA has long recognized