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  • Congress examines farm regulations and impacts to private wells

    The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment examined draft legislation that would modify the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to shield agricultural operators from potential citizen lawsuits over contaminated water. Even though contaminated groundwater resources are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, under current law, lawsuits may be brought by ...

  • California`s New Groundwater Law Seeks To Guide Planning Without Adjudication

    California's new law establishing a framework for the sustainable management of its groundwater attempts to accomplish what previously had mostly been produced through protracted litigation, a water law attorney said Dec. 4. Moreover, the Groundwater Sustainable Management Act gives local water districts the time and opportunity to develop their own plans through a public process and work ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Coordinated groundwater recharge needed

    The massive rains over California last month are not just a blessing but also a curse: a curse because the intensity of rain causes serious problems with flooding, erosion and landslides. Every watershed in California should therefore have a coordinated program to intentionally capture flood flows and recharge groundwater aquifers. Extreme weather is one reason so much reservoir storage has been ...


  • Swathe of new EU green laws published

    A series of new EU environmental rules were published in the official journal in late December, triggering their entry into force. Directive 2006/118/EC on the protection of groundwater from pollution requires that by 22 December 2008, member states establish threshold safety values for substances including mercury, ammonium, and lead.  It also imposes a single limit value of 50 milligrams per ...

  • The Environmental Risk Assessment and the Law on Environmental Liability

    Directive 2004/35/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage has been transposed in the Spanish legal order by means of Law 26/2007 of 23 October on Environmental Liability. The purpose of Law 26/2007 is to establish aframework of environmental liability based on the ...

  • Pennsylvania Groundwater Contaminated By Coal Ash

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, September 18, 2007 (ENS) - Disposing of coal ash in mines is contaminating water supplies throughout Pennsylvania, according to a report released today by the advocacy group Clean Air Task Force and the nonprofit, public interest law firm Earthjustice. In 10 of 15 mines examined across the state, groundwater and streams near areas where coal ash, or coal ...

  • California forms groundwater sustainability agencies

    California has completed the first major step under its Sustainable Groundwater Management Act or SGMA (pronounced “sigma”) with the formation of local governing agencies, known as groundwater sustainability agencies or GSAs. SGMA, a three-bill package signed into law in September 2014, focuses on groundwater basins designated as medium- or high-priority by the California Department ...

  • MediTerra accredited for conducting soil and groundwater investigation and remediation

    MediTerra has been accredited by regional authorities in Spain for conducting soil and groundwater investigations, risk assessments and remediation according to Law 199/2006. MediTerra is also in the last phase for accreditation under ISO ...

  • India water quality assessment authority now constituted by law

    Water Quality Assessment Authority (WQAA) has been constituted with the mandate for protection of surface and groundwater quality under Environment Protection Act 1986. It is conferred with the powers for issuing directions and taking measures. Its main functions are: to standardise methods for water quality monitoring and to ensure quality and data generation; to take measures to ensure proper ...

  • California Refinery Fined $1 Million for Breaking Drinking Water Laws

    A California refinery was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a criminal penalty for violating the Safe Drinking Water Act. The company must apply $500,000 of the $1 million penalty towards the Los Padres National Forest Restoration Project. The company pleaded guilty on April 12 and was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Central District of California on Monday.  ...

  • Revamped Environmental Law raises Hope for Clean-up in China

    People in China who want to take industries to task for fouling their surroundings have been rushing to file complaints and lawsuits this year in a test of legal reforms that toughen environmental penalties and make clear that many public-interest groups have the right to sue. Environmental watchdogs say people have filed hundreds of complaints with local governments under the new law launched in ...


    By Associated Press

  • Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

    The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state would begin regulating its groundwater supply for the first time under the legislative package by Assemblyman Roger ...


    By Associated Press

  • Governor signs first California groundwater rules

    California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday overhauling the state's management of its groundwater supply, bringing it in line with other states that have long regulated their wells. Groundwater makes up nearly 60 percent of California's water use during dry years. But it is not monitored and ...


    By Associated Press

  • ACWA Issues Recommendations for Improving Groundwater Management in California

    ACWA today issued a suite of far-reaching recommendations for improving management of groundwater basins throughout California amid growing concerns about potentially unsustainable declines in groundwater levels and degraded water quality in some basins of the state.   The  ...

  • Gas stations fined over US$3m for soil and groundwater contamination

    The US Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has upheld the agency’s enforcement action against the owner of Lowest Price gas stations in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In cooperation with state and D.C. officials, EPA filed a complaint in September 2002 against gas station owner, Euclid of Virginia, Inc. for violating regulations designed to detect and prevent fuel leaks from ...

  • NGWA and GWPC to hold April meeting to explore “Groundwater for a Thirsty World”

    The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) will hold a joint meeting April 11-15 in Denver to explore the application of science and practice to the theme, “Groundwater for a Thirsty World.” The meeting is designed to bring together regulators, practitioners, natural resource managers, policymakers, municipal planners, banking industry ...

  • New York Landlords Required by Law to Notify Tenants of Indoor Air Contamination due to Soil Vapor Intrusion

    In 2008, the governor of New York signed new legislation that added a section to the Environmental Conservation Law.  It requires property owners and owner agents to notify their tenants and occupants of any test results related to indoor air contamination associated with soil vapor intrusion. The New York law applies to both residential and non-residential properties. According to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • REGENESIS Gives Support to International Groundwater Science and Technology Lecture Series

    REGENESIS, a leader in the development of advanced environmental remediation technologies, is contributing financial support for the 2013 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science. The series, primarily supported by a grant from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), was established in 1986 by the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) to ...


    By REGENESIS

  • Judge says Duke must clean up groundwater at ash dumps

    Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps, a judge said Thursday in a ruling that came from a complaint filed before a massive spill from one of the utility's plants coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic gray sludge. North Carolina has 14 coal-fired plants and at least 32 ash dumps spread across the state - all ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ground Water Summit in May to explore 'Meeting Groundwater Challenges in Uncertain Times'

    The 2011 NGWA Ground Water Summit and Ground Water Protection Council Spring Meeting will take place May 1-5 in Baltimore, Maryland, in part to explore the theme, “Meeting Groundwater Challenges in Uncertain Times.”  The Ground Water Summit is held annually by the National Ground Water Association and is designed to bring together federal and state regulators, practitioners, ...

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