A lawsuit brought by multiple governmental entities, interest groups and individuals against the EPA in 2020 alleged that the EPA was not enforcing Pennsylvania’s obligations to help reduce pollution flowing to the Chesapeake Bay.
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A newly released study by the U.S. Geological Survey has found that at least 45% of the nation’s tap water could be contaminated with at least one form of PFAS, unaffectionately known as “forever chemicals.”
Pennsylvania has enacted a statewide drinking water limit on PFAS, two forms of highly toxic chemicals, nicknamed “forever chemicals.” The rule sets a limit of 14 parts per trillion for perfluorooctanoic acid and 18 parts per trillion for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, and applies to all 3,117 water systems in the Commonwealth.
In a 2021 Opinion and Order on a Motion for Summary Judgment, the Environmental Hearing Board (EHB or Board) clarified the limits of its de novo review powers in light of an argument that a deficiency in a permit application could be cured at trial under the Board’s de novo review powers.
The past decade has seen the re-emergence of Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, known as the Environmental Rights Amendment, or “ERA” as a stand-alone cause of action for challenges to actions of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and other federal and state agencies and commissions.
Mette, Evans & Woodside recently announced a transition in the role of firm president.
PA Supreme Court rules that family farms do not have to comply with municipal ordinances that are stricter than state law.
Citizens are expressing their skepticism and outright anger about stormwater fees that are being assessed throughout the Commonwealth.
PFAS chemicals, which historically had been used in products in the U.S., continue to show up in soil and water systems. Various bills are making their way through Congress and Pennsylvania is exploring the idea of setting state-wide health standards for the PFAS.
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has reversed a decision of the Environmental Hearing Board that nullified a Joint Act 537 plan between Hegins and Hubley townships. The plan was the first comprehensive revision to either township’s Act 537 plans since 1967. In...
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