The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week added five PFAS chemicals for a total of six PFAS chemicals to a list of risk-based values. EPA uses these values to determine if response or remediation activities are needed. The five PFAS additions include: hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid and its ammonium salt (HFPO-DA — sometimes referred
Supreme Court to Revisit WOTUS Definition Once Again
On Monday, January 24, in Michael Sackett et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency et al., (Case No. 21-454), the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine if the Ninth Circuit used the right test to determine whether wetlands are subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. Idaho landowners, the Sacketts, disputed the…
Georgia Prevails Before Supreme Court in Long Running Water Wars Dispute
In an April 1, 2021 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Florida’s exceptions to the decision of Special Master Judge Paul Kelly in its long-running dispute with Georgia over the use of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin. The oral argument in the case, held February 22, 2021, seemed to point to several open questions where the justices could have made new law or clarified the tests associated with an equitable apportionment action. However, in the end, it came down to just the content of the evidentiary record, which was not in Florida’s favor, especially with the application of heightened standards of review.
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