Government

House Passes Bipartisan FOIA Improvement Bill

Don't polish your glasses — you read it right. Bipartisan. By a vote of 410-0. The bill makes several modest improvements in the Freedom of Information Act; it should strengthen the presumption in favor of disclosure of government records, authorize a central tracking system for FOIA requests and strengthen the role of the Office of Government Information Services.

"Environmental Groups Resort to Suing Industries Directly"

"Starting Monday, a federal judge in Waco will hear arguments from the Sierra Club that Luminant Generation Company, the state’s largest electric generator, has been spewing far more pollution into the air from an East Texas coal plant than is allowed by federal and state law."

Source: NY Times, 02/24/2014

"Undermanned And Limited, Chemical Safety Board Confronts A Crisis"

"The lead federal agency investigating the West Virginia chemical leak is one that most Americans have probably never heard of. The Chemical Safety Board is an independent body, modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates plane crashes and the like. But critics say that the Chemical Safety Board is understaffed, underfunded and takes too long to finish its investigations, and that its non-binding recommendations are often ignored anyway."

Source: NPR, 02/04/2014
February 25, 2014

Debrief of the Supreme Court's Oral Argument on EPA's GHG Rulemakings

Join ELI and distinguished panelists, many of whom participated in EPA's GHG case before SCOTUS, to discuss and dissect the previous day’s oral argument and the implications of the potential outcomes for clients and policy moving forward. Takes place at the DC Bar Association in Washington, DC and via teleconference.

February 20, 2014

Resolved: EPA and States Can Regulate Emissions Outside the Facility Fenceline Under Clean Air Act Section 111

Whether U.S. EPA and states can regulate emissions outside the facility fenceline is a critical factor in shaping the regulatory response to climate change using Clean Air Act Section 111. There has been much rhetoric about the ability of states and EPA to create regulatory tools but policy experts and professionals need a more definitive answer. To address this topic two expert teams will argue the resolution, ask questions of the other side, and identify points of agreement and disagreement at the Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC and via teleconference.

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