Posts marked "Safe Drinking Water Act"

For decades, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) have been widely used in industrial processes and consumer products, including non-stick cookware, strain resistant fabrics, and firefighting foams.  PFAS have emerged as a focus of regulatory concern only in recent years, however, as new studies have detected PFAS in groundwater and drinking water supplies and have associated … Read Post

New Jersey recently announced the nation’s first binding limits for certain perfluorinated and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFASs”) in drinking water, establishing stringent standards for the treatment of those emerging contaminants. While seldom used today, PFASs were historically used in a diverse array of processes and products, including coatings for textiles, stain and grease repellants, electroplating and … Read Post

With the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) largely barred from regulating hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) under the Safe Drinking Water Act, regulatory proponents have turned their attention to alternate means of controlling the industry’s environmental impacts.  Last month, EPA proposed the first federal rules limiting air emissions from fracking operations, and on August 4, a coalition of … Read Post

While the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from shale has generated substantial concerns about its water quality and conventional air pollution impacts, such opposition has rarely focused on greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions.  Instead, it has been widely assumed, including by some environmental organizations, that natural gas is the least harmful “bridge fuel” … Read Post

The past few weeks have seen new developments in EPA’s initiative to study the effects of hydraulic fracturing on public drinking water supplies. Hydraulic fracturing uses high-pressured water, combined with chemicals, to release natural gas present underground in shale formations. The use or proposed use of this process has raised concerns across the country that this … Read Post

On Friday, April 23, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) announced that it would exclude the New York City and Syracuse drinking water watersheds from its Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“FSGEIS”) concerning natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale.  Unless and until NYSDEC creates a separate Generic Environmental Impact Statement … Read Post

This month, the EPA completed its second review of National Primary Drinking Water Regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA”) and published the findings of its review in the Federal Register.  Such reviews are required every six years under Section 1412(b)(9) of the SDWA.  The EPA reviewed existing regulations for 71 contaminants and determined … Read Post

Last week, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) called upon New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) to rescind its Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“DSGEIS”) addressing natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation.  The Marcellus Shale formation, which contains large quantities of natural gas, extends from Ohio and West … Read Post

The Manhasset Lakeville Water District has secured a $2.75M settlement for costs incurred in response to contamination of the aquifer underlying the Water District’s service area.  Sive Paget & Riesel represented the Water District in its efforts to recover these costs. The Water District provides drinking water to its 45,000 customers in Manhasset, Great Neck, … Read Post

Last week, Congress passed legislation that “formally urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a new study on the risks that hydraulic fracturing poses to drinking water supplies.”  The statement, which is found in the 2010 Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, calls for a “transparent, peer-reviewed process that will ensure … Read Post