Author Archives: Andrea Warren

Andrea Warren
Andrea Warren is an associate in the firm’s Environment, Land Development & Natural Resources Group.  Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Flow from One Part to Another of Same Waterway is Not a Discharge under the CWA

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In a 9-0 decision in favor of the Los Angeles County Flood Control District (the District), the U.S. Supreme Court reversed an opinion from the 9th Circuit yesterday, holding water flowing from an improved segment of a navigable waterway into an unimproved segment of the same waterway does not constitute a “discharge of a pollutant” under the Clean Water Act. The District operates a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4), which requires a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) before any storm water discharges into navigable [...]Read more

Electronic Waste Recycling Prosecution Highlights Calls for Stricter Regulations

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Illustrating a rare example of criminal enforcement under electronic waste (e-waste) regulations, the U.S. Attorney in the federal district of Colorado has successfully prosecuted a recycling business called Executive Recycling for allegedly exporting e-waste containing lead to foreign countries, including China. On December 21, 2012, a jury found Executive Recycling, its CEO, and Vice President of Operations guilty on several counts, including exporting glass video display components known as Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs), often found in TV monitors and computers, in violation of the Resource Conservation [...]Read more