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Does the EPA’s revised definition of “Waters of the United States” conform with the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 25, 2023, decision in the case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency?
Background Leading to EPA’s Revised Definition of Waters of the
United States “WOTUS”
Prior to the May 25,
2023, Sackett decision,
the 2023 WOTUS Rule was finalized by the Corps and EPA on ...Read More
On June 22, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United
States (“SCOTUS”) held in a 5-4 opinion that an 1868 treaty between the United
States and the Navajo Nation setting aside land for a reservation does not
require the U.S. to secure water rights for the reservation. While the
reservation is outside of California, SCOTUS’s decision lays the foundation ...Read More
The United States has the
fourth largest Natural Gas Reserves in the World, consisting of 5.3% of the
World’s share, only dwarfed by Russia (24.3%), Iran (17.3%), and Qatar (12.5%).
As of 2020, 88% of California homes use natural gas for space and water
heating, air conditioning, and/or cooking purposes.
In July 2019, the Council of
the City of Berkeley, California, ...Read More
January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2022, wildfires in the United States destroyed
approximately 25 million acres of land. During this same period, 26,400
wildfires destroyed roughly 7.2 million acres of land in California. As the
climate changes, wildfires in California will become more unexpected and
uncontrollable. As a result, state and federal agencies have deployed multiple
firefighting and fire-prevention ...Read More