California Association of Sanitation Agencies
USEPA Hosts Waters of the United States Rule Webinar, Establishes Website to Respond to Frequently Asked Questions
On July 16, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) hosted a webinar to address concerns regarding the proposed rule to define waters of the United States. The proposed rule is intended to clarify precisely which waters are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act and fall under USEPA and Corps jurisdiction.
On July 7, 2014, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kern County on a narrow procedural issue in the City of Los Angeles v. County of Kern biosolids litigation. The issue pertains to tolling of a statute of limitations period when state law claims are pending in federal court. Under Kern’s interpretation, the lawsuit challenging Measure E in state court was not timely, and earlier this year, the Supreme Court granted review exclusively to address this technical claim. In its decision, the Court agreed with Kern County on its challenge to the timeliness of the complaint filed by CASA and its fellow plaintiffs in state court.
With no agreement on a revised Water Bond in sight, it appears discussions won't resume until the Legislature returns from its month long summer recess which began July 3rd and ends on August 4th. Earlier in the week, authors of the three Assembly water bonds met with key legislative leaders in hopes of reaching agreement. A special hearing of the Assembly Appropriations Committee was also scheduled early in the week in order to hear two bond measures, AB 2686 (Perea) and AB 2043 (Bigelow).