Laws & Regulations

A Town in Washington Recognizes the Rights of Southern Resident Orcas

"The city of Port Townsend, Washington, on Monday proclaimed that Southern Resident Orcas have legal rights, marking the first time a U.S. city council has made such a recognition."

Source: Inside Climate News, 12/07/2022

"Ranchers, Greens On Edge As BLM Rewrites Grazing Rule"

"For the first time in almost three decades, the Bureau of Land Management is preparing a new rule to guide its management of cows and other livestock grazing on federal lands, a long divisive issue that has only grown more contentious in the West after two decades of drought."

Source: E&E News, 12/07/2022

"Progressives Ready To Block Defense Bill Over Permitting"

"A top House Democrat will vote to block consideration of a must-pass defense spending bill if it includes permitting language that could undermine environmental protections.

The warning shot from Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, comes as congressional Democratic leaders are seriously weighing inclusion of a permitting provision in the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.

Source: E&E News, 12/06/2022

As Concern Over Methane Mounts, Emission Controls Yield Stories

While carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas most often in the news, methane has greater warming power and accounts for a big chunk of the current increase in global warming. Now, growing regulatory pressure may help shift that focus and could drive more local environmental reporting, per the latest TipSheet. The backstory, plus reporting ideas and resources.

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