Laws & Regulations

February 27, 2014 to March 2, 2014

Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Primarily an environmental law conference, this annual event is also a great place for journalists to pick up stories, discuss the nuts and bolts of what makes something a story, and focus on other topics related to environmental journalism. The event will be followed by a local SEJ-led Meet-up.

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Senate Panel: Health and Safety Regs Vanish in Black Hole of OMB

For a decade now, the WatchDog has been telling the story of how the Office of Management and Budget sandbags public health regs, at the behest of business groups who stand to profit, by short-circuiting open legal procedures meant to ensure government integrity. The next chapter was told October 25, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action.

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Words Versus Deeds: Obama's National Action Plan for Openness

On October 31, 2013, the White House issued a preview of its "Second Open Government National Action Plan," outlining some steps it hopes to take toward more transparent government. Is it a new direction for an administration whose words on openness have often not been matched by deeds — or a misdirection?

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"Coal Industry's Go-To Law Firm Withheld Evidence of Black Lung"

"BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The stately, wood-paneled chamber in the federal building here unsettled Gary Fox and his wife, Mary. Fox was used to the dusty caverns of the mines in the southern part of the state, where he'd spent more than 25 years working underground in the heart of Appalachian coal country. They had never been in a courtroom before."

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 10/31/2013

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