Mitchell Williams Attorney Allan Gates Presented on Clean Water Act Liability for Groundwater Discharge


Webinar hosted by the American Law Institute, American College of Environmental Lawyers

October 23, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney Allan Gates presented on the Clean Water Act Liability for Groundwater Discharge webinar hosted by the American Law Institute in collaboration with the American College of Environmental Lawyers today. The presentation discussed the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in light of recent citizen suits that have challenged groundwater injection, pipeline leaks, combined sewer overflows and releases from coal ash storage ponds and landfills.

Gates joined a panel of expert environmental lawyers and a law professor – all fellows of the American College of Environmental Lawyers – in a thorough discussion of the CWA. They analyzed the four types of cases that have recently come before the appellate courts and their differences and underlying issues.

Gates currently practices in the areas of environmental, environmental and toxic tort and commercial litigation. He is counsel to private parties, public interest groups and trade associations in non-environmental regulatory matters and appears regularly before state agencies, including Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission. He serves as defense counsel in hazardous waste and Superfund actions before state agencies, EPA and in state and federal court. Gates is serving as president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.  

About College of Environmental Lawyers

The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law. Membership is by invitation and members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field. ACOEL members are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law, the administration of justice and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.

About American Law Institute

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. ALI drafts, discusses, revises and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

About Mitchell Williams

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