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  • Feedback sought on revised UK groundwater rules

    A consultation to obtain feedback on proposed amendments to the Groundwater Regulations 1998 has been published by Defra. Feedback is sought from anyone who discharges substances which can cause groundwater pollution, or who currently follows the existing groundwater regulations. Environment Minister Phil Woolas said the practical consequences of the proposed changes for those involved with ...

  • 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

  • Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

    The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination. A rule to take effect in ...


    By Associated Press

  • NC sides with Duke in appeal of coal ash ruling

    North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps. The state Environmental Management Commission filed notice Monday that it intends to appeal a March 6 ruling by ...


    By Associated Press

  • Park Service withdraws comments on fracking rule

    The National Park Service has withdrawn "inappropriate" comments about a proposed rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands. Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says no one in management reviewed the staff comments, which he said were submitted erroneously to the federal Bureau of Land Management. Both agencies are part of the Interior Department. In a letter ...


    By Associated Press

  • California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of WRD and Ratepayers

     The California State Supreme Court delivered an important legal victory to the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) and to district ratepayers when it rejected appeals by the Central Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD) and the cities of Downey, Signal Hill and Cerritos, Tesoro Oil Company ...

  • Court Rules against Homeowners in Toxic Water Case

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of homeowners in North Carolina can't sue a company that contaminated their drinking water decades ago because a state deadline has lapsed, a decision that could prevent thousands of other property owners in similar cases from recovering damages after being exposed to toxic waste. In a 7-2 decision, the justices said state law strictly bars any lawsuit ...


    By Associated Press

  • Interior issues new drilling rule on public land

    Companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands will be required to disclose publicly the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, the Obama administration said Thursday. The new "fracking" rule replaces a draft proposed last year that was withdrawn amid industry complaints that federal regulation could hinder an ongoing boom in natural gas production. The new draft rule ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ontario needs better groundwater data

    Ontario’s environmental commissioner is urging the Liberal government to get better information about the province’s groundwater as it reviews permits for bottled water companies.Premier Kathleen Wynne recently imposed a two-year moratorium on any new or expanded bottled water operations in the province while the government reviews the rules and comes up with a new pricing scheme. ...

  • U.S. EPA modifies engine replacement rule in response to NGWA concerns

    U.S. EPA modified its final rules to allow the use of new exempt engines to replace failed engines in water well drilling rigs up to 40 years old. "The revised rule is a major improvement over EPA's previous proposal," said Denis Crayon, National Ground Water Association's DOT-OSHA Subcommittee chair. EPA's initial proposal required that a new engine meeting current emission standards be used in ...

  • EPA notifies farmers of the need to comply with rules protecting Pennsylvania waters (PA)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling on Pennsylvania farmers to comply with federal and state regulations designed to protect water quality. EPA is joining the Lancaster County Conservation District in urging farmers in the Muddy Run Watershed and throughout the County to take steps to reduce groundwater contamination and the discharge of manure to streams. “EPA expects all ...

  • Court Rules Firms That Clean Hazwaste Can Sue for Costs

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that companies can sue to recover costs when they voluntarily clean up hazardous material at Superfund sites. The justices ruled unanimously that the federal Superfund law allows potentially responsible parties to sue the government to recover costs incurred in voluntary cleanups. The Bush administration's lawyers argued ...

  • Commission asks Ireland to comply with Court ruling on septic tanks

    The European Commission is urging Ireland to comply with a 2009 European Court of Justice ruling on septic tanks. The Commission is concerned that a year after the Court ruling, no legal measures have been adopted to ensure that septic tanks are subject to adequate checks and inspections to protect human health and the environment. On a recommendation by Environment Commissioner Janez ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Canadian Claiming Fracking Contaminated Water Can Sue Government, Court Rules

    A Canadian woman who claims hydraulic fracturing contaminated her groundwater can sue the Alberta government for allegedly failing to properly investigate her claims and fix any issues, a superior court judge ruled. An Alberta court Nov. 7 ruled that Jessica Ernst—who said she ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • EPA Rule Provides a Clear Pathway for Using Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that helps create a consistent national framework to ensure the safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. “Carbon capture and sequestration technology can help us reduce carbon pollution and move us toward a cleaner, more stable environment,” said Mathy Stanislaus, EPA ...

  • Here’s What They’re Saying About the Clean Water Act Proposed Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands, benefitting families who rely on safe places to swim and healthy fish to eat, farmers who need reliable sources of water to grow their crops, hunters and fishermen who depend on healthy waters for recreation and work, and ...

  • Proposed EPA, Corps Rule Clarifies Federal Jurisdiction Over Waters, Wetlands

    All natural and artificial tributaries and wetlands that are adjacent to or near larger downstream waters would be subject to federal Clean Water Act protections under a joint proposed rule announced by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • NYC groundwater verdict against Exxon is upheld

    A federal appeals court has upheld a $105 million verdict against Exxon Mobil for contaminating New York City's groundwater. The city sued Exxon Mobil for the costs of removing a gasoline additive known as MTBE from drinking wells in Queens. The city argued that the company ignored warnings from its own scientists and engineers not to use the additive in areas that use groundwater for ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

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