Area of focus

Clean Water Act

Our attorneys are called upon to handle our clients’ most challenging issues arising under the Clean Water Act (CWA). We help them manage complex permitting projects and approvals (NPDES, 404-wetlands, and Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), storm water, pretreatment, WQBELs, and coastal zone management (CZMA), plan for minimizing oil and hazardous substance release liability (SPCC) and drinking water liability (SDWA), and engage in advocacy before EPA and state agencies on the development or revision of (CWA)...

Representative experience

We represented the State of Florida in actions brought by the United States and others concerning discharges of phosphorus into the Florida Everglades.

We represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in drafting legal comments on EPA’s proposed definition of “waters of the United States.”

We represented an operator of public wastewater treatment systems charged with civil and criminal CWA violations in connection with a facility in Gary, Indiana.

We successfully challenged EPA’s authority to regulate storm water runoff from a large poultry growing operation in West Virginia.

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Emerging EPA CWA Regulations to Address Potential Hazardous Substances Releases

On February 16, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a Consent Decree between environmental plaintiff groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection...

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EPA Issues Final Cooling Water Intake Structure 316(b) Rule for Existing Facilities

On 19 May 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a long-awaited final rule establishing requirements governing the location, design, construction, and capacity of...

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Hogan Lovells Webinar: EPA's Expanded "Waters of the U.S." Definition: Navigating the Unprecedented Reach and Scope of New Rule

This CLE webinar will provide environmental counsel with an in-depth review of the EPA's newly proposed revision that widely expands the reach of its rule defining "waters of the U.S." The...

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