June 26, 2018

Each summer, ELI convenes a complimentary seminar series that offers an introduction to the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the United States.

ELI's Summer School is a series of brown-bag lunch seminars taught by experts in their fields, introducing the audience to the major environmental statutes (including NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, TSCA, RCRA, and CERCLA) and land use law. Faculty will also incorporate major regulatory and judicial updates to the laws.

Who will benefit: All are welcome. Students and emerging professionals will have unique opportunities to learn, hear updates, ask questions, and network. The series is intended for:

  • undergraduates,
  • law students and graduate students, and
  • working professionals new to or looking for a refresher course in environmental law (such as interns, summer clerks, and associates, or second-career professionals).

Basics of the Clean Water Act

When first written in 1972, the Clean Water Act called for ending pollution by the 1980s. This course examines the progress made to date, and the progress yet to be made to achieve this goal.

Although "water" is a straightforward concept, recent Supreme Court decisions and a contentious EPA rulemaking have created enormous confusion surrounding what types of water are subject to federal regulation. While the EPA’s 2-year delay on implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Rule is still in effect, what would be the impacts of the 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals’ decision to lift its stay that have barred the enforcement of the rule? Are there pertaining implications for lawyers?

The panel will also address:

  • the regulatory and permitting framework for limiting water pollution,
  • the important distinction between point sources and nonpoint sources,
  • the distinctions between the regulation of water quality versus water quantity, and
  • the considerations that policymakers face in light of growing demands for water in the context of energy needs and climate change.

Faculty:
Elizabeth Armistead Andrews, Professor of the Practice of Law, and Director, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
Christopher Day, Senior Assistant Regional Counsel, Region 3, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Kathy Robb, Principal, Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C.
Amanda Waters, General Counsel, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Materials:
Will be posted when available...

 

**See the entire Summer School 2018 schedule HERE.**

June 26, 2018

Hunton Andrews Kurth and the Environmental Law Institute invite you to a complimentary summer speaker series featuring key representatives from environmental regulatory agencies. The series of informal seminars will provide attendees with the opportunity to directly interact with environmental regulators and professionals in the field on the latest issues and challenges in environmental law in California and throughout the western United States.


San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board

The mission of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is to preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses. The SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is one of nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards in California, all of which operate under the auspices of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). The Water Boards are tasked with implementing the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and the federal Clean Water Act and have regulatory responsibility for the water quality of California’s nearly 1.6 million acres of lakes, 1.3 million acres of bays and estuaries, 211,000 miles of rivers and streams, and about 1,100 miles of California coastline. Join us to hear Ms. Tamarin Austin, Senior Staff Counsel at the SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, discuss the latest topics of significant interest to the public and the priorities being pursued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Tamarin E. Austin, Senior Staff Counsel, San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board
Moderator to be announced...

**See other sessions in the San Francisco Summer Speaker Series schedule HERE.**