Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Do You Pump Water? You May Be a Polluter

By Steven Hoch, Esq. Groundwater is a precious resource to everyone. When it becomes contaminated because of decades of impact by commercial, industrial, military, or illegal activity, something must be done. But if you are a water supplier that uses that aquifer even if you treat it, your suit against a polluter will come right […]


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 […]


Two Bills to Modify EPA Science Pass Committee

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has approved two bills that would modify aspects of how science is conducted at the EPA. Introduced by the two top Republicans on the Committee, the bills focus on the right of the public to know more about the science the EPA uses in making policy decisions […]


President’s Proposed Budget Cuts EPA Funding by 31 Percent

In its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again (Blueprint), the Trump administration’s preview of its full fiscal year 2018 budget request to Congress, the EPA’s funding would be cut by $2.6 billion, or 31 percent, the largest proposed reduction for any federal agency. The $5.7 billion budget request for the EPA would be the […]


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 […]