In a highly anticipated decision yesterday, the Supreme Court announced on a 6-3 basis that Clean Water Act permits are required under certain circumstances for point source pollutants that reach jurisdictional waters through groundwater.  On the critical question of which circumstances, the Court announced a fact-dependent, qualitative test: a CWA permit is required for point…

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The Supreme Court held on April 20, 2020, in a broad consensus decision, that landowners affected by a Superfund site can sue under state law for damages to their properties, but those damages may not include the cost to restore the plaintiffs’ properties based on their preferred cleanup remedy if that remedy is not approved…

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The final Navigable Waters Protection Rule (“NWPR”) to define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps will be published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2020. The Rule will take effect on June 22, 2020. Once effective, it replaces the rule the agencies…

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Due to the public health crisis presented by COVID-19, new guidance, advisories, orders, and exemptions are issued by state and local governments on a daily basis. The wide variety of responses has left many businesses, including responsible parties and their environmental consultants, wondering how these actions impact their obligation to conduct environmental remediation and related…

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On March 26, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidance addressing a range of issues related to environmental enforcement and compliance arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance addresses situations where EPA may apply enforcement discretion to pandemic-related non-compliance. EPA does not expect to seek penalties for violations of routine compliance monitoring, integrity testing,…

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