The Sixth Circuit Hears Arguments on WOTUS Rule Jurisdiction

On December 8, the battle over which federal court jurisdiction will hear the challenge to the Corps and EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule came to a head in a spirited hearing before a three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati...

The future of federal water policy

Despite Federal water policy currently being in a state of legal limbo (for more, see here), it seems a near certainty that policies affecting water and environmental permitting will change in the coming years.  Our colleague Don Riley addressed this issue in speeches at Harvard Law School and MIT...

The state vs. federal dynamic in EPA’s new WOTUS rules

On June 30, the Federal Register published the Obama administration’s final Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Among many changes, the new rules expand the number of streams and wetlands receiving automatic protection under the Clean Water Act. Publication starts the clock for when the rule goes into effect — in this case, 60 days — and for legislative intervention under the Congressional Review Act...

EPA moves on Great Lakes clean-up

The Federal Government’s recent announcement of Phase II of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is important news. The Great Lakes are a national and international treasure. Outside of the polar ice caps they are the largest surface freshwater system on Earth...

Len Miller, former EPA attorney specializing in air & water regulation, Joins Dawson

Len Miller, who was instrumental in the development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air, water, permitting and enforcement programs during his service as one of the first environmental attorneys at the EPA, has joined Dawson & Associates, the company is proud to announce...