Laws & Regulations

EWG Database Helps Public, Journos Find Drinking Water Threats

While EPA and local utilities make much data available online, the Environmental Working Group has compiled a tap water database that is much easier to use. It gathers data from the states as well as from EPA, and compiles city-by-city rankings of the best and worst drinking water quality. It also explains the health significance of contaminants and lists contaminants not regulated by EPA.

Photog Claims Damages from CalTrans, CHP for Arrest, False Report

The California Highway Patrol lied in reports when it violated the First Amendment rights of news photographer Steve Eberhard of the Willitts News by illegally arresting him to intimidate newsgatherers at a protest site in July 2013, Eberhard says in a legal claim against CHP and Caltrans.

"3 Companies Fined for Mislabeling Crude Oil in Rail Transit"

"Federal regulators said on Tuesday that they had fined three companies for mislabeling the type of crude oil they were transporting. The penalties — a total of $93,000 — were the first from surprise inspections begun after since a series of accidents in the last year underscored the hazard of transporting highly flammable oil by rail."

Source: NY Times, 02/05/2014

WV Spill Revealed Striking Lack of Water Supply Regulations: Lawmakers

"WASHINGTON — Members of Congress and West Virginia officials say patchwork federal regulations are inadequate to protect the public from spills such as the one last month that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 people in the Charleston area."

Source: AP, 02/05/2014
February 27, 2014

Update on Recent U.S. and International Efforts to Combat Illicit Wildlife Trafficking

This Environmental Law Institute panel in Washington, DC (and via teleconference) will bring together governmental, nongovernmental, private sector and academic representatives to discuss recent domestic and international efforts to combat wildlife trafficking, the Executive Order on Wildlife Trafficking, and describe efforts of the Administration to implement the Executive Order.

February 25, 2014

Debrief of the Supreme Court's Oral Argument on EPA's GHG Rulemakings

Join ELI and distinguished panelists, many of whom participated in EPA's GHG case before SCOTUS, to discuss and dissect the previous day’s oral argument and the implications of the potential outcomes for clients and policy moving forward. Takes place at the DC Bar Association in Washington, DC and via teleconference.

February 20, 2014

Resolved: EPA and States Can Regulate Emissions Outside the Facility Fenceline Under Clean Air Act Section 111

Whether U.S. EPA and states can regulate emissions outside the facility fenceline is a critical factor in shaping the regulatory response to climate change using Clean Air Act Section 111. There has been much rhetoric about the ability of states and EPA to create regulatory tools but policy experts and professionals need a more definitive answer. To address this topic two expert teams will argue the resolution, ask questions of the other side, and identify points of agreement and disagreement at the Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC and via teleconference.

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