Environmental Justice Grants Available for Qualifying Air-Related Projects

By: Luke Narducci and Amanda Reeve The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued a Request For Applications (RFA) on January 10, 2023, for projects “supporting community-based nonprofit organizations (CBO’s) in their efforts to collaborate and partner with other stakeholders…to develop … Continue reading

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USEPA Releases Updated Environmental Justice Related Legal Guidance

By: Luke Narducci and Amanda Reeve Further building upon its Environmental Justice (EJ) Legal Tools, on January 11, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released the Cumulative Impacts Addendum updating its existing legal guidance for advancing EJ actions.  This … Continue reading

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USEPA Proposes New Particulate Matter Air Quality Standard

by Amanda Reeve The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced on January 6, 2023, that it is proposing to modify the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5).  The current annual primary (health-based) NAAQS for PM2.5 … Continue reading

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ADEQ Providing Assistance for Small Rural Water Systems

by Luke Narducci, Mike Ford, Amanda Reeve ADEQ is providing new and improved help for small rural water systems.  We are sharing this notice to help bring awareness to this important issue. To that end, we will be following up … Continue reading

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Mining Industry on the Losing End of Two Clean Water Act Cases

by Michael C. Ford The mining industry was on the losing end of two recent Clean Water Act cases.  Stone v. High Mountain Mining Company, LLC, was decided September 12, 2022, and involved a citizen suit challenge to a placer … Continue reading

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New PFAS/PFOS Regulations May Reopen Sites

by Mitchell J. Klein Environmental practitioners are well aware of the astonishing breadth and scope of the impacts resulting from the investigations into the ubiquitous presence of the so-called “forever chemicals”, including the significant efforts being expended at both the … Continue reading

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan Struck Down by SCOTUS

by Michael C. Ford In 2015, EPA published a rule under the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) targeting coal-fired electricity generators designed to force their shift from coal generation to gas, solar and wind production.  The “Clean Power Plan” (“CPP”) rule … Continue reading

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As Colorado River Conditions Continue to Deteriorate, the United States Warns that More Cuts will be Required and the Basin States Consider Options

by L. William Staudenmaier The Colorado River is a critical water source for more than 40 million people, vast agricultural operations, numerous industries, and a wide variety of ecological resources across the seven states that share its waters: Arizona, California, … Continue reading

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New Bureau of Land Management Guidance on Geologic Carbon Sequestration on Federal Public Lands Answers Some Questions, But Uncertainty Remains for Split-Estate Lands

by John W. Andrews On June 8, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued formal guidance describing BLM’s policy for authorizing use of federal public lands for site characterization, injection, and geologic sequestration of … Continue reading

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DOE Seeks Input on How to Spend $2.5 billion on Transmission Projects

By Matt Derstine On May 6, 2022, the Department of Energy issued a notice of DOE’s intent to implement the Transmission Facilitation Program (TFP) and to request input regarding the solicitation and qualification process for TFP funding.  The TFP is … Continue reading

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