Safe Drinking Water Act Counseling and Litigation

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Baker Botts’ environmental lawyers are well versed in the widely divergent regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), including establishment of federal and state drinking water regulations for public water systems. SDWA requirements include maximum contaminant levels for particular pollutants; disinfection requirements; restrictions on disinfection byproducts and monitoring; and reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Our lawyers are familiar with SDWA regulations at the federal and state levels and track new developments, such as emerging EPA regulations for systems that use groundwater, to help our public water systems clients with all aspects of regulatory compliance. Additionally, our lawyers are tracking regulatory and legislative developments regarding increased federal efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing through the SDWA, including EPA’s 2014 guidance on the permitting of wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. We also have significant experience in the permitting of, and no-migration petitions for, underground injection control wells. Finally, we defend clients against claims for injunctive relief under the Act’s imminent and substantial endangerment provision.


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