Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster, a partner in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group in its Sacramento office, focuses her practice on energy facility siting and environmental compliance and is an active member of the firm’s Energy Initiative. Her experience includes permitting natural gas-fired and solar energy facilities, as well as regulatory compliance and permitting involving water quality issues. She also has experience with CEQA, environmental and real property litigation.

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Update: State Water Board Issues Revised Notice for Board Meeting Regarding Winery General Order

In July, we blogged about the State Water Resources Control Board’s (“State Water Board’) release of proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water Treatment Systems (see: July 15, 2020 blog post on proposed General Order and July 20, 2020 blog post on noticed stakeholder meetings).  The State Water Board recently issued a revised … Continue Reading

California Wineries Take Note, Part Two: State Water Board Notices Stakeholder Meeting Regarding Winery General Order Fees

As a follow-up to our July 15, 2020 blog post regarding the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board) release of proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water Treatment Systems (proposed General Order), today the State Water Board issued a public notice regarding the first stakeholder meeting to discuss fees associated with … Continue Reading

California Wineries Take Note: State Water Board Releases Draft General Order for Winery Process Water for Public Comment

On July 3, 2020, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water Treatment Systems (proposed General Order) along with the draft California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Initial Study and Mitigated Declaration for public comment.  The proposed General Order will apply statewide, and includes requirements … Continue Reading

State Water Agencies Expect Water Use Reporting to Continue as Normal as California Shelters in Place

On March 19, 2020, California issued Executive Order N-25-20, a statewide shelter in place order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, significantly altering operations of both state agencies and private businesses.  However, California’s water regulators, including the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and the Department of Water Resources … Continue Reading

SWRCB Releases Draft Implementation Guidance Regarding the Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material

On February 14, 2020, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) published Draft Guidance for the State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State (Draft Guidance). The Draft Guidance pertains to the SWRCB’s adoption of a State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or … Continue Reading

DTSC and SWRCB Release Draft Supplemental Vapor Intrusion Guidance

On February 14, 2020, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a public notice regarding the release of Draft Supplemental Guidance: Screening and Evaluating Vapor Intrusion (Draft Guidance) that  supplements existing vapor intrusion guidance issued in 2011.  The Draft Guidance is now available for public … Continue Reading

California SWRCB Launches Senate Bill 205 Compliance Page

This information is provided as a follow-up to our blog post titled “Senate Bill 205 Imposes New Requirements for Industrial Companies in California” published on January 3, 2020. The State Water Resources Control Board (“SWRCB”) published a new page on its website that provides implementation information for Senate Bill 205.  This page includes helpful information … Continue Reading

Senate Bill 205 Imposes New Requirements for Industrial Companies in California

Last fall, the California Legislature enacted Senate Bill 205 in an effort to more effectively control stormwater pollution from regulated industrial companies.  Effective January 1, 2020, an industrial company will not be able to receive an initial business license or business license renewal unless it can demonstrate compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System … Continue Reading

Exclusive Jurisdiction by the California Supreme Court Over Judicial Review of Thermal Power Plant Licenses Held Unconstitutional

The Alameda Superior Court recently declared portions of the Warren-Alquist Act unconstitutional in Communities for a Better Environment v. Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (CBE v. Energy Commission).  The Court found that California Public Resources Code section 25531(a) and a portion of section 25531(b) ― provisions of the Warren-Alquist Act concerning judicial review ― … Continue Reading

2018 IGP Amendments – Everything You Need to Know

On November 6, 2018, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an amendment to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities (General Permit). The General Permit Amendment addresses the implementation of previously-adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), the new federal Sufficiently Sensitive Methods Rule, and statewide … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal Rules Challenge to Constitutionality of Power Plant Licensing Appeals Process is Ripe for Judicial Review

California’s process to challenge thermal power plants will likely be put to the judicial test in the coming years.  The California Court of Appeal has granted publication of its recent opinion in Communities for a Better Environment v. State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, (Dec. 22, 2017, No. A141299) __Cal.App.5th __, which reverses the … Continue Reading

BREAKING: California’s General Industrial Storm Water Permit Slated For Adoption on April 1, 2014

Today, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) released for public comment its Draft Industrial Storm Water Permit and supporting documents.  This is the fourth (and likely final) version of the Draft Industrial Storm Water Permit, which is designed to replace the existing Industrial Storm Water Permit in place since 1997. The Draft Industrial … Continue Reading

State Water Resources Control Board Issues Final Draft of the Industrial General Storm Water NPDES Permit

Today, the State Water Resources Control Board released the final draft of the Statewide General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) Permit for the Discharge of Storm Water Associated with Industrial Activities (“Industrial General Permit” or “Permit”).  The long-awaited third revised draft of the Industrial General Permit comes after two previous iterations of the draft … Continue Reading

State Water Resources Control Board Issues Section 401 Certification for Various Army Corps of Engineers’ Nationwide Permits

On April 19, 2012, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) certified 13 of 50 Nationwide Permits (“NWP”) published by the Army Corps of Engineers on February 21, 2012.  (77 Fed. Reg. 10184-01 (Feb. 21, 2012).)  On February 27, 2012, the State Board posted notice of the Corps’ application for 401 certification of the … Continue Reading

Another Challenge to the Avenal Energy Project’s PSD Permit

The Avenal Energy Project’s Prevention for Significant Deterioration (“PSD”) permit has long been the subject of review and legal challenges.  On November 3, 2011, the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice filed a joint Petition for Review in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the permit.  Please … Continue Reading
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