Laws & Regulations

Congress Sends Bill Strengthening Whistleblower Protection to Obama's Desk

Whistleblowers are key sources for investigative journalists. The bill, approved by unanimous consent in the House and Senate, was hailed by watchdog groups Government Accountability Project and Project on Government Oversight, who had fought for its passage.

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ABC News Urges Judge To Toss Out "Pink Slime" Defamation Suit

In September, South Dakota meat processor Beef Products, Inc., had sued ABC, some of its anchors and correspondents, and a USDA microbiologist under South Dakota law for reporting on the controversial meat filler. The company said it would oppose the October 31st motion to dismiss.

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January 25, 2013

Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Production

Cosponsored by the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section, the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Section of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Tech University School of Law, this one-day course will offer focused, insightful information about the hottest issues surrounding the environment and the oil and gas industry.

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November 13, 2012 to November 14, 2012

Workshop: Understanding the Connections between Coastal Waters and Ocean Ecosystem Services and Human Health

This free National Academies Institute of Medicine workshop in Washington DC will bring together members of the ecology, ecosystem services, and health communities to gain a better understanding of the connections between coastal waterways and ocean processes and public health risks and benefits. A live webcast of the workshop will also be available for those who are unable to attend in person.

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State, Federal Whistleblower Rules a Key Tool for Journalists

Watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility's new guide to state whistleblower laws starts with a map — click on any state to link to its whistleblower law and other related info. Federally, there is currently a bill in play in Congress which would strengthen the notoriously weak federal whistleblower protections.

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Enviros Urge EPA Not To Weaken Drinking Water Reports

Fifteen environmental and public health groups say EPA had not allowed sufficient time for public review, only put relevant information into its docket at the last minute, and emphasized easing a "burden" utilities had lived with for years at the expense of protecting the public.

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November 9, 2012

Securing Water Supplies for the Future: Risks, Challenges & Opportunities

This one-day event in Fort Worth, TX, hosted by the Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law, will focus on legal and policy issues related to local, regional, and national water scarcity challenges.

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November 2, 2012

12th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference

New international, national and state laws impacting Great Lakes water quality and quantity will be the subjects of this event, sponsored by the University of Toledo College of Law and its affiliated Legal Institute of the Great Lakes. The keynote speaker is SEJ member Tom Henry, award-winning environmental writer for the Toledo Blade. The conference is free to the public.

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Chemical Industry Uses Wallet To Block Tighter Regulations: Enviros

"In an effort to block a ballot measure in California that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods, shape a Senate race in Ohio with potential repercussions for fracking, and influence a host of House contests key to toxic chemical reform -- the chemical industry has been busy wielding its wallet, say environmental advocates."

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November 8, 2012

Sustainable Cities: Harnessing Urbanization to Achieve Social and Environmental Goals

NYC Deputy Mayor Holloway and other expert panelists will speak at Environmental Law Institute's Sustainable Cities Forum in Washington, DC. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend, but you must RSVP by November 1, 2012.

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