Author Archive for: Brent Fewell

Act of God, Foreseeable Risk, or Hedging Opportunity?

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Original Published in CFO November 21, 2017 | CFO.com | US Whether you’re in a domestic enterprise or a multinational conglomerate, climate change will impact what you do. In fact, it’s already happening. Climate change influences a majority of the most fundamental activities performed by CFOs. Why? Because climate change can damage...

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National Academy Issues Timely Report on Clean Water Affordability

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The National Academy of Public Administration has released its long-awaited report titled “Developing a New Framework for Community Affordability of Clean Water Services.”  Affordability is a central issue to many communities who increasingly are dealing with higher costs to address aging infrastructure and federal clean water mandates. The Senate...

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Water Sector Unites to Urge Congress to Act on Water Infrastructure

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Despite the seeming dysfunction of DC politics these days, there is growing bipartisan support for fixing our nation’s failing water infrastructure. This week, the Earth & Water Law Group and McWane Inc., convened a Congressional roundtable to facilitate a discussion among the members of the Ad Hoc Water Infrastructure...

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Clean Air Act Settlement Indicates Enforcement Remains a Significant Tool in in this EPA’s Tool Box

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The civil settlement between EPA, DOJ, Colorado and the PDC Energy should let those in the oil and gas sector know that the civil cop remains on the beat at the EPA.  And although this settlement may have more of a compliance focus than some in the past, it is reasonable to assume...

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According to New GAO Report, Market-Based Solutions to Address Water Pollution Need More Support

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This week the Government Accountability Office issued a new report titled “Water Pollution:  Some States have Trading Programs to Help Address Nutrient Pollution, but Use Has Been Limited.” What GAO Found In 2014, 11 states had 19 nutrient credit trading programs, and trading provided flexibility for some point sources,...

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EPA Administrator Pruitt Moves to Curtail Sue-and-Settle

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EPA’s Administrator, Scott Pruitt, today took additional measures to reduce the number of “sue and settle” types of litigation filed by third parties against the Agency.  The practice of sue and settle has been criticized by such groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce which has characterized the practice...

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Maryland Announces New Market-Based Approach to Accelerate Restoration of Chesapeake Bay

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The Hogan Administration this week, under the leadership of Benjamin Grumbles, Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Environment, released draft regulations encouraging market-based solutions to accelerate the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.  Significantly, the proposal would allow states to work together under an interstate trading provision to leverage greater opportunities...

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States Champion Cooperative Federalism as New Environmental Paradigm

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Many believe that the best way to maximize the protection of human health and the environment in a time of constrained resources is to elevate State and local agencies to full partners with their federal overseers. Taking full advantage of the expertise developed by such agencies over the forty-plus...

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Congress Thoughtfully Considers Improvements to Nation’s Water Infrastructure

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This week, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing to discuss solutions to our nation’s aging water infrastructure, with a focus on wastewater and Clean Water Act provisions.   It was a productive and bipartisan hearing with deliberations on the need for more...

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