Laws & Regulations

OSHA Suspends Rule Requiring Firms Report Injury, Illness Data Online

"The Labor Department on Wednesday suspended an Obama-era rule requiring that companies electronically report their injury and illness records, a move that effectively keeps these records from being publicly disclosed for the immediate future."

Source: Washington Post, 05/18/2017

Fearing More Spills, 114 Groups Demand Halt to Ohio Pipeline Project

"The activists also called on federal regulators to 'initiate an immediate review of horizontal drilling plans and procedures on all open pipeline dockets.'"

"More than 100 local and environmental groups are demanding federal regulators immediately halt all construction on Energy Transfer Partners' Rover gas pipeline after a series of environmental violations, including a massive spill that fouled sensitive wetlands in Ohio with several million gallons of construction mud.

Source: InsideClimate News, 05/18/2017

"EPA Asked The Public Which Regulations To Gut — And Got An Earful"

"Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency put out a call for comments about what regulations are in need of repeal, replacement or modification. More than 55,100 responses rolled in by the time the comment period closed on Monday — but they were full of Americans sharing their experiences of growing up with dirty air and water, and with pleas for the agency not to undo safeguards that could return the country to more a more polluted era."

Source: Washington Post, 05/17/2017

Trump Interior Pick Sued Agency On Behalf Of Powerful Water Interests

"When President Trump nominated David Bernhardt for the No. 2 spot at the Interior Department, the administration cited his extensive expertise. What the announcement failed to mention was that much of that experience was lobbying and doing legal work to elude or undermine Interior Department policies and protections."

Source: LA Times, 05/17/2017

"Virginia Governor Orders Cap-And-Trade Regulation For Power Plants"

"Virginia's governor issued an order on Tuesday to lay the groundwork for a cap-and-trade system to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, saying it would 'fill the void' left by the Trump administration which has been rolling back federal climate rules."

Source: Reuters, 05/17/2017

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