Environmental Law & Policy Alert + Firm News – Update from Somach Simmons & Dunn

January 25, 2023
Biden Administration Redefines “Waters of the United States”

On January 18, 2023, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (collectively, the “Agencies”) finalized a rule (2023 Rule) redefining how the Agencies interpret “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) pursuant to the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The 2023 Rule attempts to return federal jurisdiction to the scope reflected in pre-2015 regulations and relies on the best available science, agency experience, and Supreme Court precedent.  The 2023 Rule is scheduled to go into effect on March 20, 2023, but will likely face legal challenge. … Read More

Written by Michael W. Daugherty

January 23, 2023
Michelle E. Chester Elevated to Shareholder

We are pleased to announce the elevation of Michelle E. Chester to shareholder, effective January 1, 2023. Licensed in California and Colorado, Michelle focuses her practice on water rights, water quality, and land use matters. … Read More

Written by Somach Simmons & Dunn