Author Archives: James Pray

About James Pray

Attorney with BrownWinick Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa.

Raccoon River Public Trust Doctrine lawsuit is now before the Iowa Supreme Court for argument.

I am more than closely watching an environmental lawsuit filed by ICCI and Food & Water Watch on March 27, 2019, in the Polk County, Iowa district court against the State of Iowa and several officials and departments.  As full … Continue reading

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My law firm has a new brand.

My firm just launched a #BoldandWise new brand! Click below to see the new BrownWinick. https://www.brownwinick.com/

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Iowa files to dismiss ICCI public trust water quality lawsuit

I am closely watching an environmental lawsuit filed on March 27, 2019, in the Polk County, Iowa district court against the State of Iowa and several officials and departments. The lawsuit was filed by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI) … Continue reading

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What is the Green New Deal?

There has been a lot of confusion regarding a “Green New Deal.” The fact that people are now talking about a greenhouse gas reduction measure (regardless of what it really means) is an astounding turn-around from just two years ago … Continue reading

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Sioux City Wastewater Supervisor pleads guilty to hiding illegal discharges

Iowa has not see a great deal of criminal environmental enforcement at either the federal or state level.  Nationally, EPA’s civil enforcement under the current administration is down to levels never seen in recent history (by the size of penalties).  … Continue reading

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EPA and Army Corps Propose New Definition of “Waters of the United States.”

On December 11, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Army Corps of Engineers proposed a new definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and will soon publish the new definition in the Federal Register for a … Continue reading

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November 15th is the deadline for Farmers to report Ammonia and Hydrogen Sulfide Releases from Animal Waste.

The EPA’s December 18, 2008 final rule exempted most farms from many reporting requirements in CERCLA and EPCRA. Exemptions were created under both EPCRA and CERCLA for emissions from animal waste for CERCLA and for smaller than CAFO-sized facilities under … Continue reading

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