Laws & Regulations

"2 States, Feds Appealing Judge's Ruling on Great Lakes Wolves"

"The Obama administration and two states have given notice of plans to appeal a federal judge's order that restored legal protection to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.The Obama administration and two states have given notice of plans to appeal a federal judge's order that restored legal protection to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region."

Source: AP, 03/02/2015

LAFD Failed To Properly Inspect Hundreds of Hazardous Sites, State Says

"The Los Angeles Fire Department has failed to properly inspect hundreds of hazardous sites scattered across the city, exposing the public to increased risks from potential spills and mishandling of toxic substances, according to a state report released Friday."

Source: LA Times, 03/02/2015

PUCO Rejects Deal To Have Ratepayers Subsidize a Coal-Fired Power Plant

"The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio made history Wednesday in a ruling refusing to allow AEP Ohio to saddle ratepayers with extra charges to subsidize the continued operation of a 1950s-era coal-fired power plant that it owns along with FirstEnergy and other state utilities."

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, 02/27/2015

"Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age"

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"Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age"

By Mary Christina Wood
Cambridge University Press, $45.00

Reviewed by JAY LETTO

“Ain’t no use jiving. Ain’t no use joking. Everything is broken.”

If you’ve been covering environmental legal cases, or the lack of enforcement of countless environmental rules and regulations by the feds, states and local governments, then you already should know the Dylan song rings true for environmental law.

News Media Coalition Appeals Gag Orders in Blankenship Case

After a judge refused to reverse most of the secrecy ruling around the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster caused by Massey Energy's safety violations, including indictment of the company's former CEO, media outlets appealed. Now a coalition of many more media groups, led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, have filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing the secrecy ruling as unconstitutional.

Groups FOIA Federal Rules for Allowing Petroleum Export Ban Exceptions

For decades, U.S. politicians have made energy independence a patriotic platitude — with one result being a ban on exporting crude oil produced in the U.S. Now some oil companies are getting exceptions to the export ban for a product called "condensate," and the Commerce Department won't say why. So a coalition of environmental groups have filed a Freedom of Information Act request to find out.

"Supreme Court Rules Neb. Must Pay Kan. in Interstate River Battle"

""The Supreme Court today ruled that Nebraska "recklessly gambled" in taking more water from the Republican River than it was allowed. A majority of the justices held that Nebraska knowingly violated an interstate compact governing the river, depriving Kansas of water that should have flowed over the states' border."

Source: Greenwire, 02/25/2015

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