Category Archives: Regulatory issues

Duke Energy Corp. pleads guilty

Last year, tens of thousands of tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River from a closed power plant previously operated by Duke Energy. The spill occurred when underground storm water pipes broke and an estimated 39,000 tons of … Continue reading

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TCEQ Trade Fair and Conference: Wrap-Up

        This week marked the annual TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair and Conference, held here in our own Austin, Texas. Conference attendees worked toward renewed certifications and learned about specifics of the environmental industry. Although many of the … Continue reading

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Texas House Bill 40 would ban local fracking bans

The Texas Legislature introduced House Bill 40 this week. The House Committee on Energy Resources voted 10-1 to approve the legislation for consideration by the full House. HB40 is among a number of bills filed after Denton residents voted a … Continue reading

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EnviroMentor program helps Boy Scout ranch meet regulations

Thanks to the TCEQ EnviroMentor program, Central Texas Boy Scouts will soon be able to safely hydrate using water from a water well on site. Government regulations have a reputation for being difficult to understand and comply with. Luckily, the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court ruling over Republican River a victory and a loss

This past week the Supreme Court made a decision on the decades long debate over the Republican River mandating that Nebraska pay Kansas $5.5 million in damages for violating the terms of the Republican River Compact. Both states claim this … Continue reading

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Georgia Water Coalition’s “Dirty Dozen” for 2014

Each year the Georgia Water Coalition publishes a list of the top twelve threats to Georgia’s water resources. These threats can ultimately harm property owners, communities downstream, fish and wildlife, and the countless ecosystems that depend on clean water. Click … Continue reading

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Possible foreshadowing in Texas Supreme Court Ruling

In March, we presented a story that involved arguments at the Texas State Supreme Court regarding underground trespassing. While a decision is still pending in that case, the court’s recent ruling on a similar argument may provide insight on future … Continue reading

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EPA removes E1527-05 from AAI

Effective October 6, 2015 the use of the historical standard (ASTM E1527-05) will no longer be in compliance with the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule (AAI). On December 20, 2013 ASTM E1527-13 procedures were published by the EPA for persons conducting … Continue reading

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North Carolina coal ash spill update

Last month North Carolina state legislators passed a new law regulating the management of coal ash waste. The new regulations were developed in response to the Dan River coal ash spill in February 2014 at a closed power plant previously … Continue reading

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California water table drops; demand for water well data rises

You have probably heard by now: California is facing an extreme drought that is threatening the state’s population, ecosystems, and economic stability. What you may not know is that much of California, at least 40% during non-drought conditions, relies on … Continue reading

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North Carolina coal ash spill update

In February, 70 miles of North Carolina’s Dan River turned gray after a broken stormwater pipe released millions of gallons of sludge from a retired power plant. The company responsible for the spill, Duke Energy, found the source of the … Continue reading

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USDOT proposes new regulations for transportation of crude oil

This past week, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (pdf) and an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (pdf) that seeks to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail. The … Continue reading

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Public information concerns over oil shipments

In the wake of recent railway accidents involving crude oil shipments, the United States Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring railroad companies to notify state officials of specific route details and oil volume on trains shipping one million … Continue reading

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EPA proposes amendment to All Appropriate Inquiries

This week the EPA proposed an amendment to all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA to remove reference to E1527-05 and replace it with the new E1527-13 standard. The public comment period is open until July 17, 2014. Summary from the Federal … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030

The EPA proposed new regulations this week that aim to lower carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants by 2030. Based on projections from 2005, the EPA seeks to reduce the amount of CO2 produced from these plants by … Continue reading

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