Laws & Regulations

"Conservative Nonprofit Acts as a Stealth Business Lobbyist"

The American Legislative Exchange Council -- ALEC -- has for decades worked to fight protection of public health from environmental threats. Funded with corporate money, the group has won non-profit tax status from the federal government even as it lobbies for industrial interests on an industrial scale. Now, because it backed the gun law that kept Trayvon Martin's killer from arrest, some large corporations are cashing out from ALEC.

Source: NY Times, 04/23/2012
August 6, 2017 to August 11, 2017

Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting

The 102nd annual ESA meeting, in Portland, Oregon, will support sessions that focus on and explore, in general, how biodiversity is the foundation for many ecosystem services, how ecosystem functioning can translate into ecosystem services, and the role different dimensions of biodiversity play in developing such understanding. Travel grants for journalists are available.

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Data Accumulates Slowly on What's in Fracking Fluid

If you have a fracking story in your beat, getting information about what's in the controversial fracking fluids may be like pulling teeth. But there are a few resources that can help, such as the "FracFocus" chemical disclosure registry.

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April 27, 2012

Fisheries Law Enforcement: Status and Challenges

In this session, part of the Environmental Law Institute's Ocean Seminar Series, panelists will discuss the key challenges facing fisheries law enforcement agencies and the regulated industry, ongoing reform efforts, and what additional actions and solutions may be necessary to ensure that the system maximizes fisheries compliance. RSVP by April 25th.

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"Canada Chops Environmental Reviews, Fires Scientists, Responders"

"OTTAWA -- Conservation advocates across Canada are warning today that more environmentally-destructive development will be approved now that the Conservative Harper Government has slashed environmental reviews. In the next 10 years, more than 500 projects representing over C$500 billion in new investments are proposed across Canada."

Source: ENS, 04/18/2012

"Transocean Seeks To Block CSB Oil-Spill Probe"

"Myriad agencies have investigated BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the owner of the rig that exploded and sank wants to draw the line at the one designated by Congress to probe disasters involving deadly chemical blasts and releases."

T"he U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which investigates chemical explosions in the same manner the National Transportation Safety Board investigates airplane crashes, launched its first offshore investigation shortly after the 2010 explosion killed 11 workers and allowed more than 4 million barrels of crude to foul the gulf.

Source: Reuters, 04/12/2012
April 25, 2012

A Coherent Energy Policy or Bust?

In this Environmental Law Institute seminar (in Washington, DC, and via teleconference), Michael Graetz, author of The End of Energy, and four other distinguished panelists will discuss issues related to an implemented, comprehensive energy policy.

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