The EPA’s New Drinking Water Advisory Warns against Lower Levels of PFAS, and May Have Important Future Implications for PFAS Regulation

On June 15th, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) updated its drinking water lifetime Health Advisory Levels to include substantially lower levels of PFOA, PFOS, PFBS, and GenX chemicals.  The updated health advisory levels include: PFOA at 0.004 parts per trillion (ppt), PFOS at 0.02 ppt, PFBS at 2,000 ppt, and GenX Chemicals at…

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Highlights of New Environmental Justice Enforcement Strategies and Policies

In January of 2021, shortly after his inauguration, President Biden issued Executive Order 13985, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, emphasizing Environmental Justice or “EJ,” and requesting “comprehensive attention” to EJ issues by various federal agencies. In response to this Executive Order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Department of Justice…

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LRRP Rule Guidance Change Client Alert

Client Alert: EPA’s Renewed Enforcement Focus on Lead-Based Paint               Within a week of taking office, President Biden established environmental justice as a priority for his administration.[1]  This momentum has continued with the Biden administration consistently pushing environmental justice at the center of the federal government’s work.  Part of the Biden administration’s environmental justice goal…

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SEC Proposes Major Climate Disclosure Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed a sweeping new climate-driven financial risk reporting rule titled “The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors.” The SEC unveiled the 510-page proposal on March 21, 2022. Comments are due thirty (30) days after the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register, or May 20,…

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Here We Grow Again!

KMCL is pleased to announce the addition of more top talent to our ranks—our newest member, Kate Hopkins, joined the firm as a Senior Associate in our Atlanta office last month. Kate comes to us from a major law firm where she focused her practice on environmental litigation and environmental issues in property transactions. She…

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Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter has gifted Emory Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law program a stipend to establish a new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative to promote broader diversity in the practice of environmental law.

The new initiative at Emory will provide annual scholarships and summer stipends to students who will bring diversity to the environmental bar. The program will also provide these students with opportunities to engage with prominent environmental attorneys, community and business leaders, government officials, and scholars through conferences, workshops, or other formal and informal convenings. For…

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PFAS Symposium on March 29th – Register Now!

  PFAS Symposium   Tuesday, March 29, 2022  |  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   Georgia State University College of Law85 Park Place NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303      Register now ( PFAS Symposium (touchnet.com ) for a symposium on PFAS Dangers, Requirements, and Strategies, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at Georgia State University…

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KMCL LAW RANKED IN 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS”

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP (KMCL Law) has been ranked for the twelfth consecutive year in the annual U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list.  The firm received a national Tier 1 ranking in two practice areas, as well as tiered regional rankings in five practice areas.  In all, KMCL received tiered rankings for environmental…

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Law360 Article on Georgia Wastewater Treatment Permitting

On October 28, 2021, Law360 published an article written by three of our attorneys on a recent Northern District of Georgia ruling which has potential implications for wastewater treatment facilities in Georgia. The ruling involves a class action brought by citizens of the city of Rome and Floyd County, who contend that Dalton Utilities Inc.’s…

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