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One of the biggest challenges facing water security, especially in developing nations, is accessibility. A country can have a surplus of quality water, but if they are unable to access it, this presents a major problem. Paraguay, a nation which has faced multiple water...

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 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...

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