EPA’s Final Rule for particulate matter (PM) NAAQS

On February 7, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Final Rule on its reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (PM), to lower the primary annual PM2.5 standard from 12.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 9.0 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA retained the current... Read More

BrownWinick Included in 2024 Edition of Best Laws Firms Ranked by Best®

BrownWinick is excited to announce the firm has been included in the Best Law Firms Ranked by Best® 2024 publication. Firms included in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms® list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Greatly Narrows the Definition of Wetlands in the Clean Water Act

On May 25, 2023, the United States Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision in the Sackett v. EPA case. At issue was whether “Waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) could include wetlands that are not directly and continuously connected to navigable waters. All nine justices were unanimous in finding that the EPA overstepped its statutory... Read More

Wind Farm  Assessments for Repowers Have Changed

During the most recent legislative session, the Iowa legislature passed a new law affecting the assessment of wind turbines that could have a big impact on operators planning to repower their turbines. If the county adopts the special wind farm assessment ordinance, the wind turbines are each assessed based upon the value of the turbines,... Read More