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EPA modifies CSO settlement with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

EPA modifies CSO settlement with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

July 17, 2024 at 9:32 am 0 comments

In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed modification to the 2011 settlement with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to address the flow of untreated sewage into Cleveland-area waterways and Lake Erie. The agency said the modification will affect the CityRead More

Where do utility legal settlements for PFAS stand?

Where do utility legal settlements for PFAS stand?

April 8, 2024 at 9:01 am 0 comments

By Ken Sansone & Mike DiGiannantonio With EPA’s National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for PFAS now finalized, the recently announced 3M and DuPont settlements, stemming from the ongoing Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Multi-District Litigation (MDL) promise access to billions of dollars to cover PFAS treatmentRead More

What’s next for WOTUS following Sackett ruling?

What’s next for WOTUS following Sackett ruling?

November 20, 2023 at 9:16 am 0 comments

| By Susan Bodine On Jan. 18, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Corps of Engineers published a final rule defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act despite the fact that a case on that issue wasRead More

Maine sewer district files lawsuit over PFAS-contaminated wastewater

Maine sewer district files lawsuit over PFAS-contaminated wastewater

October 30, 2023 at 7:24 am 0 comments

Maine’s York Sewer District announced last week it has filed a lawsuit against 3M, DuPont and other manufacturers for the presence of PFAS in the district’s wastewater. Representing York Sewer District is SL Environmental Law Group P.C., a New Hampshire-based law firm that focuses exclusivelyRead More

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WOTUS amended to conform to Supreme Court decision

September 11, 2023 at 10:45 am 0 comments

In late August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) announced a final rule to amend the definition of “waters of the United States” to conform with the recent Supreme Court decision in Sackett v. EPA. The agenciesRead More

California attorney general leads coalition opposing 3M PFAS settlement

California attorney general leads coalition opposing 3M PFAS settlement

July 31, 2023 at 7:59 am 0 comments

California Attorney General Rob Bonta last week, leading a bipartisan coalition of 22 attorneys general, announced the state’s opposition to a proposed class action settlement that he says fails to adequately hold accountable the 3M Company for contaminating Americans’ drinking water supply. Under the proposed settlement, water providers wouldRead More

Court pauses cybersecurity rule following legal challenge

Court pauses cybersecurity rule following legal challenge

July 13, 2023 at 11:21 am 0 comments

This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted a request from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cybersecurity Rule from going into effect until a current caseRead More

3M to pay at least $10.3 billion as major PFAS settlement reached

3M to pay at least $10.3 billion as major PFAS settlement reached

June 26, 2023 at 11:00 am 0 comments

Chemical manufacturing company 3M announced it has agreed to pay at least $10.3 billion in lawsuit settlements over contamination of water systems from PFAS, harmful chemical compounds the water sector has been cracking down on. If approved by the court, it would be the largestRead More

Supreme Court narrows wetlands protections; Biden’s EPA ‘disappointed’ with decision

Supreme Court narrows wetlands protections; Biden’s EPA ‘disappointed’ with decision

May 30, 2023 at 9:04 am 0 comments

In a blow to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority over some water bodies, the Supreme Court last week ruled to narrow the scope of the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) definition and how EPA can regulate wetlands under the Clean Water Act.Read More

Associations endorse bill to hold PFAS polluters liable for cleanup

Associations endorse bill to hold PFAS polluters liable for cleanup

May 8, 2023 at 8:32 am 0 comments

Five water sector associations representing drinking and clean water utility systems submitted a letter to Congress last week in support of the “Water Systems PFAS Liability Protection Act.” The bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate and aims to hold polluters accountable for Per-and PolyfluoroalkylRead More