Laws & Regulations

House Bill Could Shield Oil Train Spill Response Plans From Disclosure

"A House of Representatives bill unveiled Friday could make it more difficult for the public to know how prepared railroads are for responding to oil spills from trains, their worst-case scenarios and how much oil is being transported by rail through communities."

Source: McClatchy, 10/19/2015
November 5, 2015

Overview of the New Waters of the United States Rule​

This free webinar, 12-1pm ET, will provide an overview of the stayed new rule with illustrations of which waters would be jurisdictional under the rule and which waters would not be; an update on the litigation; and a review of how to determine if waters are jurisdictional under the existing rules that will remain in effect until the new rule litigation is completed.

Congressmen Want Probe of Exxon 'Failing To Disclose' Climate Data

"Members of Congress are asking for a federal investigation into ExxonMobil. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek) wrote a letter Wednesday to Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch asking the Department of Justice whether the company violated the law by “failing to disclose truthful information” regarding climate change."

Source: LA Times, 10/16/2015

"U.S. Lawsuits Build Against Monsanto Over Alleged Roundup Cancer Link"

"Personal injury law firms around the United States are lining up plaintiffs for what they say could be "mass tort" actions against agrichemical giant Monsanto Co that claim the company's Roundup herbicide has caused cancer in farm workers and others exposed to the chemical."

Source: Reuters, 10/16/2015
November 1, 2015

DEADLINE: GRID-Arendal/SKUP Environmental Crime Grants

GRID-Arendal (the center collaborating with UNEP) and SKUP (Stiftelsen for en Kritisk og Undersøkende Presse) are offering 2 grants of NOK 25,000 (US$3,068) for environmental investigative journalists working globally on the issues of organized environmental crime for the year of 2016. Apply by Nov 1, 2015.


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