Municipal Law

DEP Water Quality Protocol Headed for Another Round of Public Comments

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) has developed a suite of Assessment Methods that are intended to be used to collect and assess water quality data for use in compiling the biennial Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report. This report is submitted to EPA pursuant to Clean Water Act Sections 303(d) and 305(b), […]

Maryland Court Upholds “Maximum Extent Practicable” Standard for MS4 Permits Under the Clean Water Act

On April 2, 2015, a Maryland appellate court issued a significant decision in a case involving a stormwater permit issued for a municipal separate storm sewer system (“MS4”) that may have significance beyond the borders of Maryland. In Maryland Department of Environmental Protection v. Anacostia River Keeper, et. al., the court addressed the issue of […]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds the Tort Claims Act’s $500k Cap on Damages

For many years, local governments have relied upon the statutory cap on damages under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act (“Tort Claims Act”) in order to provide essential government services and protect their taxpayers. Under the Tort Claims Act, damages arising from the same cause of action or transaction or occurrence are limited to $500,000 […]

How Real are Security Threats to America’s Utilities?

Cybersecurity is becoming a more recognized word in today’s society. Therefore, it is not surprising that cyber-attacks on the nation’s infrastructure is a growing concern. An example of such concern would be the nation’s water supply and the protection of water utilities from cyber-attacks. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing a […]

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