Laws & Regulations

House Passes Bill That Helps Silence Science on EPA Advisory Board

On a 229-191 party-line vote, the GOP-controlled House passed a bill reining in EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) — authorizing conflicts of interest for its members and gagging them in communications about subjects they are expert on. Science integrity and environmental groups had opposed the bill, which the House passed on November 18, 2014.

Peru Prepares to Host Climate Talks as Indigenous Forest Defenders Die

"The nonprofit group Global Witness makes some valuable points in a new report offering Peru a path to cut the violence on its poorly governed resource frontier in the Amazon. The report, 'Peru’s Deadly Environment,' is being released today at a Manhattan event organized with the Alexander Soros Foundation."

Source: Dot Earth, 11/18/2014

"Groups Allege 28,000 Mining Violations, Lax Enforcement"

"Kentucky environmental advocates accused state regulators today of lax enforcement of water quality rules while putting a mining company on notice that they intend to sue over claims of thousands of false pollution reports during the last year."

Source: Louisville Courier-Journall, 11/18/2014

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