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Court throws out lawsuit filed by neighbor of Hog Producer.
Hog Producer wins a dismissal of lawsuit filed by neighbor alleging Clean Water Act and Solid Waste Violations. On March 27, 2020, Northern District of Iowa Federal District Court Judge C.J. Williams granted a motion for summary judgment in favor … Continue reading
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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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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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Don’t step in that Puddle! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Adopts new Iowa Stream Mitigation Rules
Before someone decides to remove or alter “Waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) through construction, plowing, grading or other similarly activities a 404(b) permit must be obtained. Part of the permitting process involves proving that the “Least Damaging Practicable Alternative” … Continue reading
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EPA and USACE Move to Rescind 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule
In a move that surprises nobody, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) proposed on June 27, 2017 a new rule to rescind the 2015 Waters of the US Rule and re-codify the regulatory … Continue reading
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Board of Water Works Trustees of the City of Des Moines, Iowa v. Sac County Board of Supervisors, et al.
On March 16, 2015, Des Moines Waterworks (“DMWW”) filed a Complaint in the Federal District Court for Northern Iowa against several drainage districts in Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties. A total of ten separate counts were alleged. Counts I … Continue reading
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Donald Trump and his Administration’s Environmental and Energy Policy
Now that we know we will have a Republican House, Senate, and President beginning in 2017, it is time to consider is what environmental and energy changes might take place during Donald Trump’s first term as President. I am neither supporting nor … Continue reading
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EPA’s New Kafkaesque Self-Disclosure Website
You want to file something with the EPA. But in order to file it, you must first be registered with the EPA. Can’t figure out how to get registered? No problem, enter your user name and password on the form … Continue reading
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