WOTUS Redefined: The New Definition of Waters of the United States

by Farris J. Gillman On April 21, 2020, the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized a new definition of waters of the United States (sometimes called “WOTUS”). This new definition has fundamental implications for the application of point … Continue reading

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Cooperative Federalism and the Clean Water Act: The States Finally Get their Due

by Michael C. Ford, Lucas J. Narducci and Patrick J. Paul There is no shortage of dramatic, if not predictable, commentary in the wake of the Trump Administration’s release of its “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” (“Rule”) ranging from the indignant … Continue reading

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Idaho Finally Joins the EPA Primacy Party for Water Pollutant Discharge

by Andrew Hawes In 2014, what did Idaho, New Mexico, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have in common? Answer: the only states in the Union where pollutant discharge in waterways was overseen by the federal government (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), … Continue reading

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Coal Exports: The Trump Administration and Western States Take Action to Open Ports for Shipment of Coal

by Denise A. Dragoo On April 10, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order seeking to address permitting and policy obstacles preventing the export of coal and other energy resources through West Coast ports. New port facilities and improvements … Continue reading

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High Court to Clarify Murkiness of Clean Water Act Liability for Pollution Via Groundwater

by Anthony W. Merrill Recently, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider whether liability under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) extends to pollution traveling through groundwater prior to reaching federally regulated water. The Court’s decision may drastically redefine the … Continue reading

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Shutdown Reflections on WOTUS

by Michael C. Ford The partial government shutdown that began December 22, 2018 has interrupted the Trump administration’s proposal to revise the Clean Water Act’s definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS Proposal).  The pre-publication version of the WOTUS … Continue reading

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Trump EPA Proposes Limitations to WOTUS Rule

by Patrick J. Paul In a long anticipated move, on Tuesday December 11, 2018 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed further revisions to the federal Clean Water Act’s definition of “waters of the United States,” (WOTUS), clawing back the … Continue reading

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Epic WOTUS Thriller for your Summer Reading List

by Michael C. Ford There’s yet more breaking news on the Trump administration’s efforts to clarify the scope of the federal government’s Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction. On June 29, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Decision Expands CWA to Indirect Discharges to Navigable Water

by Mark D. Johnson On February 1, 2018, the 9th Circuit issued its ruling in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui that expands coverage under the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) to discharges of contaminants to groundwater that travel … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Sends WOTUS Back TO District Courts

by Patrick J. Paul On January 22, 2018, in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, the United States Supreme Court held unanimously that challenges to the federal Clean Water Act’s 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule should … Continue reading

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