By Jeryl L. Olson and Craig B. Simonsen

On September 11, 2013, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its revised Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Guidance for Regional Inspectors, which is directed not only to EPA inspectors, but also to owners and operators of facilities subject to the SPCC requirements.  The Clean Water Act guidance is designed to “facilitate nationally
Continue Reading EPA Publishes Revised Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Guidance

By Philip L. Comella and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule to require electronic reporting for documents that are currently filed as National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) paper-based reports. NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule, 78 FR 46006 (July 30, 2013).

The proposed Clean Water Act regulation would require permittees and regulators to use
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By Philip L. Comella and Craig B. Simonsen

The Supreme Court held today in Los Angeles County Flood Control Dist. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., No. 11-460 (January 8, 2013), that the flow of water from an improved portion of a navigable waterway into an unimproved portion of the same waterway does not qualify as a “discharge of
Continue Reading NPDES Permit Not Required For Discharges to Different Parts of Same Waterway

By Andrew H. Perellis and Ilana R. Morady

On March 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision hugely impacting EPA’s enforcement authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The decision also has strong implications for EPA’s enforcement authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

The issue before the Court was whether two landowners could bring a

Continue Reading Sackett v. EPA: Supreme Court Decides Unanimously In Favor Of Landowners

By Jeryl L. Olson

On February 16, 2012 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released three general permits for stormwater discharges from construction sites that will be in effect in states where EPA has primary authority over the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program:  Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories and

Continue Reading Stormwater Permits Update – Construction Sites

By Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently announced the filing of a consent decree to settle a Clean Water Act (CWA) fill and dredge case for the Army Corps of Engineers (COE). The complaint and consent decree were filed in USA v. Trinski and Hohan, No. 07-C-3600 (N.D. Ill). The notice of lodging was

Continue Reading Clean Water Act Settlement Requires Defendants to Pay Fine, Forfeit Property, and Perform Free Excavating Services

By Craig B. Simonsen and Jeryl L. Olson

The District Court of Idaho, in Idaho Conservation League v. Atlanta Gold Corporation, No. 11-CV-161 (January 9, 2012), recently granted summary judgment to allow standing in a citizen’s suit. In the case, Atlantic Gold Corporation (Defendant) held a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit which

Continue Reading District Court Finds Citizen Suit Standing in NPDES Permit Violations Case – Grants Summary Judgment on Liability

By Andrew H. Perellis

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld, in United States v. Long, No. 09-1863 (6th Cir., December 2, 2011), the criminal conspiracy conviction of an industrial waste treatment facility plant manager. In April 2009 the District Court had sentenced the defendant to two concurrent prison terms of twenty-four months. The defendant appealed his

Continue Reading Plant Manager Gets Two Years Prison Sentence for Clean Water Act Criminal Conspiracy

By Andrew H. Perellis and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and The Ryland Group Inc. (Ryland Homes), have filed a proposed consent decree to resolve Clean Water Act violations. The complaint, filed simultaneously with the proposed consent decree in the U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., alleged violations that were discovered through site inspections and

Continue Reading Homebuilder to Pay $625,000 Penalty for Construction Site Stormwater Violations