Monthly Archives: June 2016

EPA Finalizes its Zero Discharge Rule for Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater

EPA has finalized its proposed “zero discharge” rule for the oil and gas industry, with a Federal Register Notice published on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 [81 Fed. Reg. 41845].  The rule aims to protect rivers and drinking water supplies from direct discharges by municipal sewage plants of wastewater resulting from unconventional oil and gas (UOG)… Read More »

TSCA Reform Bill Signed Into Law

On June 22, 2016 President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, more commonly known as the “Toxic Substances Control Act  Reform” bill. The bill strengthens what environmental commentators considered to be one of the weakest environmental protection laws on the books. The bill revamps the Toxic Substances… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Speaks to Clean Water Act and Agency Implementation

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals issued the opinion in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc, et al. (No. 15-290). This is a unanimous opinion which is noteworthy since the Court is thought to be of an evenly split philosophy of conservatives and liberals and therefore incapable… Read More »