Login

Forgot password?
Sign up today and your first download is free.
REGISTER

Water

ACTIVISTS SEEK TO USE EPA BRIEF TO FORCE WITHDRAWAL OF WETLANDS GUIDE

Environmentalists are citing arguments in a recent EPA legal filing, which support a broad definition of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), as evidence that the Bush administration should withdraw a controversial guidance that activists say narrowly interprets the scope of protected waters.

914 words

68480

COLORADO SETS FIRST-TIME WATER STANDARD FOR WIDESPREAD CHEMICAL

Colorado regulators last week backed first-time enforceable water quality standards for a widespread chemical contaminant that the Defense Department (DOD) and industry groups are identifying as an emerging concern.

The state backed the standard -- joining several EPA regions and 10 states that have set weaker environmental goals -- despite arguments from industry groups that officials hold off until after EPA completes a review of the risks posed by exposure to the chemical -- 1,4-Dioxane -- for its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database.

795 words

68481

STUDY IDENTIFIES BROAD NEW RANGE OF POTENTIAL WATER CONTAMINANTS

Drinking water utility officials say a recent study showing the presence of drugs, cosmetics and flame retardants in treated drinking water may indicate a wide new range of contaminants that EPA needs to research and possibly regulate.

757 words

68482

EPA SEEKS TO HEAD OFF FY06 HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING SHORTFALL

EPA is looking to prevent possible homeland security funding shortfalls in its fiscal year 2006 budget, asking the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for at least 25 percent more money than agency projections from earlier this year showed EPA was likely to receive, according to budget documents obtained by Water Policy Report.

897 words

68483

EPA PLANS STORMWATER ENFORCEMENT LIMITS IN PACT WITH BUILDERS

EPA will soon propose changes to its controversial general permit for stormwater discharges at construction sites that industry and state sources say may limit the ability of the agency and private parties to sue builders for violations that occurred prior to receiving a permit.

928 words

68484

EPA OFFSHORE PERMIT WILL TEST USE OF STATE STANDARDS IN U.S. WATERS

EPA's recent decision to incorporate California water standards into a permit for oil drilling discharges into federal waters will likely spark litigation on whether states can force their pollutant limits on facilities beyond state boundaries, an EPA source says.

584 words

68485

ACTIVISTS BELIEVE FINAL OCEANS REPORT WILL SPARK LEGISLATIVE CHANGES

Activists are optimistic that the final version of a landmark oceans study will spur a host of legislative efforts in the next Congress to mandate broad ocean protection efforts, one environmentalist says.

288 words

68486

GREAT LAKES STATES WIN VOICE IN SUIT OVER PERMITS FOR BALLAST WATER

A federal district court is allowing attorneys general from a host of Great Lakes states to support a landmark environmentalists' lawsuit seeking to force EPA to regulate ships' ballast water discharges under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

An environmentalist involved in Northwest Environmental Advocates, et al. v. EPA says states' support for their position in the case in 'friends of the court' briefs is significant, in part, because it highlights the importance of the issue for the court.

314 words

68487

APPELLATE RULING MAY LIMIT GROUPS' ACCESS TO COURTS, LEGAL EXPERTS SAY

A recent appellate ruling dismissing an environmental group's attempt to stop a Forest Service timber sale on the grounds that a different environmental group had already sought to litigate the issue sets a disturbing precedent that could block industry and environmental groups' access to courts, legal experts and some environmentalists warn.

These sources say the ruling may set a precedent by expanding a legal doctrine -- known as privity -- that is used to determine when parties in litigation share similar interests that may bar them from pursuing separate litigation.

785 words

68488

APPEALS BOARD URGES EXPANDED EPA ACCESS TO DATA FOR SETTING FINES

A recent decision by EPA's Environmental Appeals Board on wetlands penalties may expand the agency's ability to gather information about a defendant's finances when the party claims an inability to pay a fine, according to an attorney familiar with the case.

726 words

68489

Pages