Laws & Regulations

September 28, 2010

Supreme Court Preview

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"Aging Gas Pipe at Risk of Explosion Nationwide"

"The tragic explosion of a gas pipeline  in a San Francisco suburb has shed light on a problem usually kept underground: Communities have expanded over pipes built decades earlier when no one lived there. Utilities have been under pressure for years to better inspect and replace aging gas pipes — many of them laid years before sprawling communities were erected around them — that now are at risk of leaking or erupting."

Source: AP, 09/14/2010

USDA Knew of Egg Farm Problems But Failed To Act

"U.S. Department of Agriculture experts found growing sanitary problems including bugs and overflowing trash earlier this year on the Iowa farm at the center of the national egg recall, but didn't notify health authorities, according to government documents and officials."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 09/10/2010

"12 States Ask Supreme Court to Review Greenhouse Gas 'Nuisance' Case"

"Challenging the appropriateness of using the courts to address climate change, Indiana and 11 other states are urging the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision that would allow greenhouse gas emitters to be sued for their contribution to global warming."

Source: Greenwire, 09/10/2010

Pipelines Spill Millions of Toxic Gallons Each Year

A round-up of resources: from the recent Enbridge spill in Michigan to multiple spills over time by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline; hearings of the US House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; availability of pipeline maps; Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration info on safety standards, inspections, stakeholder communications; and much more. 

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Appeals Court Nixes Permits for Free Speech in National Parks

A federal appeals court has ruled that the National Park Service is violating the First Amendment with its current rules requiring permits for demonstrations, gatherings, and public "expressions of views" on National Park System lands.

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