Laws & Regulations

Energy Remains Big Issue for Public Lands Management

Long-standing disputes over exploitation of public lands bubble over as the Trump administration advances campaign promises to ease restrictions on energy development. A special TipSheet, part of our 2018 Journalists' Guide to Energy & Environment, has resources for covering public lands-related issues as they play out in the coming year.

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"Flint Accused Of Violating Agreement To Replace Lead Service Lines"

"The city of Flint, which has been reeling for years over lead seepage from its pipes into its tap water, is accused of violating the terms of a major settlement agreement aimed at improving its water quality. Advocacy groups say the city is failing to disclose information about its efforts to replace its lead pipes."

Source: NPR, 01/02/2018

"Will 2018 Be A Better Year For US Environment Policy?"

"The U.S. has abandoned any claim to climate leadership as the only nation to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. In Trump's Cabinet, climate denial is pretty much cause for a Merit Badge. Congressional leadership doesn't acknowledge climate change to be a problem, or even a thing."

Source: Daily Climate, 01/02/2018

"Chairman: FERC To Review Pipeline Permitting Process"

"The new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says the agency will review its policies, unchanged for nearly two decades, for certifying natural gas pipelines, projects that have sparked contention from North Dakota to Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia, where the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines are advancing toward construction."

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/29/2017

Trump DOI Renews Mining Leases Near Minn. Wilderness, Reversing Obama

"The Trump administration moved Friday to renew leases for a copper and nickel mining operation on the border of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, reversing a decision made in the final weeks of Barack Obama’s tenure in office."

Source: Washington Post, 12/29/2017

EPA Must Tighten Rules To Limit Children’s Exposure To Lead: Court

"The Environmental Protection Agency has ignored many years of evidence of dangerous levels of lead paint in millions of Americans’ homes and must propose tighter standards within 90 days to protect children from lead exposure, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 12/29/2017

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