EPA Finalizes the Clean Water Rule to Protect Streams and Wetlands

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the Army Corps of Engineers, finalized the Clean Water Rule last week to ensure that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined. The rule will provide protection to two million miles of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands that were not clearly designated under the …

EPA Proposes Rule to Increase Efficiency of Clean Water Act Reporting

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule this past Wednesday regarding Clean Water Act reporting.  The rule would update the reporting for municipalities and industries to an electronic data reporting system.  Not only will the actual reporting be done electronically, but facility specific information including inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring results, and other permit required date will be …

Two New Bills Target the Fracking Industry

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Representatives from both Colorado and Pennsylvania introduced two new bills focused on the fracking industry last Thursday.  The main goal of these bills is to ensure the fracking industry is required to follow the same environmental rules as other industries.  According to a press release from the representatives, the legislation “is focused on ensuring the safety and the health of …

BP Settles All Criminal Claims

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BP will pay $4 billion over five years to resolve all of the federal criminal charges in relation to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.  Additionally, they have also agreed to pay $525 million over three years to resolve the claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  BP announced the decision on November 15th.  It is still subject to …

New Clean Water App

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On October 18, 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool in the form of an app and website to “help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer”.  The app is called How’s My Waterway and comes on the 40th …

Large Seafood Company Receives Major EPA Fines

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday an agreement with Trident Seafoods Corp. in response to numerous alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA).  Trident has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty along with investing millions in seafood processing waste controls. The violations were alleged on the 20 production …