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Infrared Video Shows Natural Gas Plume in Porter Ranch

A new infrared video released on YouTube by the Environmental Defense Fund shows a steady plume of natural gas emanating from a damaged injection well in Porter Ranch.  The damaged well taps into a large natural gas storage facility that is over 8,000 feet deep and has a capacity of 86 million cubic feet.  The YouTube video gives an ominous visual to the gas leak that was first discovered on October 23, 2015 and is estimated to be pumping about 2,400,000 pounds of methane, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere each day.  Environmentalists estimate this volume of emission is equivalent to that coming from eight or nine coal plants, or some seven million cars.  Speculation is already beginning on alleged impacts the methane emissions may have on the atmosphere and climate.  (Read more)

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Flint, Michigan Mayor Declares State of Emergency over Lead Poisoning

Yesterday evening, Karen Weaver, the newly elected mayor in Flint, Michigan, declared a state of emergency due to the number of children and infants who have allegedly suffered lead poisoning from the city’s tap water. According to numerous reports, the lead exposure in Flint began in the spring of 2014, when Flint switched its water source from the Detroit water system to the Flint River, as a cost cutting measure.  (Read more)

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Strategizing Legal Defenses In Vapor Intrusion Lawsuits

A few years ago, there was an uptick in litigation involving mold infestation and damage claims related to the use of Chinese drywall.Today, the environmental phenomenon causing a rash of lawsuits is vapor intrusion.Vapor intrusion happens when soil and groundwater that contain pollutants permeate buildings. This generally occurs when properties are located down gradient from old gas stations (that emit benzene) or from dry cleaners (that emit PCE). The contaminants and toxic fumes rise up, affecting neighboring properties. (Read more)

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Rob Berg Discusses Legal Issues Surrounding Vapor Intrusion

Rob Berg explores legal ramifications associated with vapor intrusion. These cases concern the alleged migration of toxic contaminants — such as perchloroethylene, used in dry cleaners, or benzene, used by gas stations — into homes and offices. He discusses the statute of limitations, the role of CERCLA in forming an argument, and how to provide the best legal defenses when responding to vapor intrusion charges.

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Origins of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Unit of the Water Board

Lara Shortz's presentation on “Funding and Legal Issues Regarding Cleanups” at the Professional Environmental Management Association (PEMA) seminar held February 18, 2014 in Long Beach, CA. Here, she discusses the origins of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Unit within the Office of Enforcement of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The event sought to provide strategies for maintaining compliance with government regulations and mitigating losses when audited.

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How Attorneys Can Assist When Responding to SWRCB Audits

Lara Shortz gave a presentation on “Funding and Legal Issues Regarding Cleanups” during the California Unified Program (Cal CUPA) Annual Training Conference Forum held February 3, 2014 in Burlingame, CA. In this segment, she discusses how specialized lawyers can help environmental consultants respond to audits by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) when seeking to determine compliance with the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund. 

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Submitting Claims on UST Fund Reimbursements: Avoiding the Enforcement Unit

On April 17, 2013, the California State Water Resources Control Board ("SWRCB") announced that it had given the green light to its Office of Enforcement ("OE") to staff a permanent unit within the OE called the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Unit ("Unit").  (Read More)