Laws & Regulations

"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.

‘Anti-Petroleum’ Movement a Growing Security Threat To Canada: Mounties

"The RCMP has labelled the 'anti-petroleum' movement as a growing and violent threat to Canada’s security, raising fears among environmentalists that they face increased surveillance, and possibly worse, under the Harper government’s new terrorism legislation."

Source: Toronto Globe & Mail, 02/19/2015

"U.S. EPA Chief Hints at Softening Carbon Rule Interim Timeline"

"The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that it may ease an interim deadline for states to meet tougher carbon emission standards after regulators and electric utilities complained a lack of time may destabilize electricity supplies."

Source: Reuters, 02/18/2015

Judge Dismissses Wetlands Damage Suit Against Oil, Gas Companies

"A federal judge on Friday (Feb. 13) dismissed a controversial wetlands damage lawsuit filed by the east bank levee authority against more than 80 oil, gas and pipeline companies, ruling that the authority failed to make a valid claim against the energy firms."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 02/16/2015

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