National (U.S.)

Fracking Firms Distort Science To Deceive Public, Policymakers: Group

"The oil and gas industry sponsors and spins research to shape the scientific debate over horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That's the conclusion of a watchdog group's analysis of more than 130 documents distributed to policymakers by industry representatives."

Source: Huffington Post, 02/23/2015

"Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher"

Politicians and fossil-energy companies denying climate change often point to scientist Willie Soon's work to support their position. Newly disclosed documents show that Soon's work is largely funded by fossil-energy interests, and that he violated journal policies by failing to disclose these conflicts of interest.

Source: NY Times, 02/23/2015

"Federal Judge Rejects BP Bid To Lower $13.7 Billion Oil Spill Fine"

"A federal judge in New Orleans has rejected BP's effort to cap its fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill at $9.57 billion, nearly one-third lower than the penalty federal prosecutors are seeking. The court has not yet ruled how much the British oil giant will pay for the disaster."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 02/20/2015
March 24, 2015

Implications of EPA's Coal Ash Rule on Regulated Entities and the Environment

On December 19, 2014, EPA’s Administrator signed the first ever federal rule regulating the disposal of coal ash, determining it should be regulated as a solid waste. The Environmental Law Institute invites you to Washington, DC (or via teleconference) for an in-depth examination of the final coal ash rule. Panelists will explain the rule’s workings and answer questions.

February 24, 2015

Neonicotinoids and Colony Collapse Disorder: Regulating and Product Stewardship in the Face of Uncertainty

Due to the ongoing significant population declines in pollinating insects in Europe and North America, especially honeybees, the Environmental Law Institute invites you to join a teleconference of esteemed panelists to learn more about the current debates regarding neonicotinoid pesticides and their regulation.

February 26, 2015

Fertilizer or Solid Waste: How Far Does RCRA Spread?

On January 14, 2015, the Eastern District of Washington held that Cow Palace Dairy, LLC is liable under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for managing manure in a way that poses a substantial and imminent endangerment to public health in violation of open dumping provisions — significant because it defines Cow Palace’s manure as solid waste under RCRA. The Environmental Law Institute invites you to join a dynamic discussion via webinar on the definition of solid waste under RCRA.

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