Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

New decision

EPA water rule revived by appeals court in NYC case

The decision is a victory for New York City, and will help it provide its 8.5 million residents with "a reliable supply of clean and safe drinking water," said Hilary Meltzer, deputy chief of the New York City Law Department's environmental law division. WIKIMEDIA



A divided U.S. appeals court last week revived an Environmental Protection Agency rule permitting government agencies to transfer water between different bodies, such as rivers and lakes, without needing to safeguard for pollution. Reversing a lower court ruling in the widely followed case, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the EPA acted reasonably in 2008 in adopting its "Water Transfers" rule, over the objections of environmental groups.


Virginia may turn to wastewater to fight rising sea

Baxter Bulletin

As a tool against sea-level rise, one idea seems just a little counterintuitive: Add water to the ground. This approach could soon be tested in Virginia's Hampton Roads region, which is more threatened than any other place on the Atlantic Coast. The area's local sanitation department has proposed pumping millions of gallons of purified wastewater deep into the ground.


Sea-level scenarios could help the Northeast plan


Sea level in the Northeast and in some other U.S. regions will rise significantly faster than the global average, according to a new report released this month by NOAA. Moreover, in a worst-case scenario, global sea level could rise by about 8 feet by 2100, according to the report, which lays out six scenarios intended to inform national and regional planning.