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In a speech at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. yesterday, the presumptive front runner in the Mexican Presidential election (slated for July 2018), Andrés Manuel López Obrador, laid out his plans for Mexico if he is elected. While many of the goals are noble--fig...

Too often, we simply take water for granted. We fully expect that water will start flowing when we turn the tap on. But what if it does not? While this is not an issue we would expect in the United States, there are a few cases that remind us that running out of water...

A June 8 report published in collaboration by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University shows that drinking water in 27 states have unsafe levels of chemicals linked to cancer, thyroi...

April 24, 2017

With the third anniversary of the decision in Flint to switch water sources this coming week, Here & Now focuses on the Lead and Copper Rule.  Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards, who was at the forefront of bringing Flint to the forefront, pulls no punches, calling t...

March 31, 2017

El Salvador announced this week that it was halting metals mining across the country, according to the Financial Times (sub. req.), in response to severe environmental harm caused by mining.  After winning a case at ICSID about a large gold mining concession late...

February 29, 2016

Having laid out a lot of the legal and factual aspects of the Flint crisis, there are still a lot of questions about the remedies.  Unfortunately, the current state of affairs does not really appear to be changing very much, but there is a great deal of blame-laying an...

February 26, 2016

The first question you may have asked yourself was, how can a public health emergency like Flint happen? Aren’t there laws in place to ensure that our drinking water is safe to drink?

 

The quick answer is: yes. What might be surprising is that we didn’t have a federal l...

February 25, 2016

As discussed in the previous post, the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA”) requires public water supplies to protect human health by meeting the MCLs (Maximum Contaminant Loads) established by EPA and the State. Below we discuss:

- the division of authority between EPA and...

February 24, 2016

The timeline below sets out the situation in Flint, Michigan surrounding the drinking water crisis. This timeline will be updated as more information becomes available (last update Feburary 2016).

 

 

 

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