Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Will Scalia’s Rapanos Opinion Form Basis of WOTUS Rewrite?

As President Trump’s administration begins the process of rescinding or modifying the Clean Water Rule (CWR) promulgated by the administration of President Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court’s already historic decision in Rapanos v. United States (Rapanos, decided June 19, 2006) acquires even greater significance. Rapanos is not a single opinion. Rather, it is a collection […]


Ephemeral Streams and Drinking Water

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) promptly greeted President Trump’s Executive Order directing the withdrawal or modification of the Clean Water Rule (CWR) with data from a 2009 EPA study the EWG says shows that 117 million Americans draw at least some of their drinking water from intermittent, ephemeral, and other small streams.


Pebble Mine Getting a Second Look Under Trump?

The Pebble Mine—like the Keystone XL Pipeline and North Dakota Access Pipeline, another mega project rejected by the Obama administration—may also get a second look under President Trump. That, in any case, is the expressed hope of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. In a letter to […]


Pruitt on the Clean Power Plan

In the nomination hearing for Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s choice to lead the EPA, it was surprising that members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) asked few questions about how the nominee would address EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) should he be confirmed. This may be because President Trump has already indicated […]