Laws & Regulations

"US Raises Truck, SUV Fuel Economy Rules, Much Less Than First Proposed"

"President Joe Biden's administration Friday finalized tighter vehicle fuel economy rules through 2031 that are significantly less stringent than first proposed, a win for the Detroit Three automakers who lobbied heavily for revised rules."

Source: Reuters, 06/10/2024

Why the Press Needs To Press for Senate Action on the PRESS Act

A promising federal shield law that would protect journalists from jail for refusing to reveal sources months ago passed the House of Representatives but has since stalled in the Senate. The new WatchDog Opinion column can tell you why … and why this measure, dubbed the PRESS Act, matters so much for reporters, including those that cover climate and the environment.

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"EPA Balked At TVA’s Fossil Fuel Plant, Then Stepped Aside"

"Top EPA officials supported a rebuke of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s environmental review of a gas-fueled power plant this spring, but they backed off when the electric utility ignored their criticism."

Source: E&E News, 06/07/2024

Mich. Bottled Water Company Is Still Extracting Millions of Gallons Free

"Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had pledged to crack down on bottled water companies taking water at the same time Flint, Michigan, faced a water crisis. Six years later and in her second term, little has changed."

Source: ProPublica, 06/07/2024

Calif. Oil Town Chose Oil-Tied Firm to Review Impacts of a Drilling Permit

"Signal Hill Petroleum spent millions to overturn California’s landmark law protecting neighborhoods from oil drilling. Now it wants to drill dozens of new wells in a city established a century ago to avoid taxes on oil development."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/07/2024

"Maine’s Biggest Water District Sues Over So-Called Forever Chemicals"

"The biggest water district in Maine is suing manufacturers of so-called forever chemicals in the hopes of recouping costs of monitoring and treating polluted wastewater."

Source: AP, 06/06/2024

NYC Had A Bold Plan To Tax Drivers And Fund Transit. The Governor Killed It.

"What would have been America’s first congestion pricing experiment has been delayed by Gov. Kathy Hochul, leaving public transit in a financial hole."

Source: Washington Post, 06/06/2024

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