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State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Hunting Bison in Montana and Deer in Indiana
Posted on 22 Apr 2013 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT: The MONTANA House rejects SB 143, a bill that would have increased the number of hunting licenses for bison and prohibited the future relocation of the animals (HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD]). • The INDIANA House approves SB 487, a bill... Read More

EPA Releases Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool
Posted on 28 Jul 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

This week EPA released EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations... Read More

FY2016 EPA Budget Proposal
Posted on 29 Apr 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee regarding EPA's proposed 2016 fiscal year budget. EPA's 2016 fiscal year from October 1, 2015 through September 30... Read More

USEPA Announces Changes to Self-Audit Policy
Posted on 23 Jul 2015 by Marc Karell

Besides researching and writing environmental rules, such as the mercury power plant rule recently addressed by the US Supreme Court, the USEPA must also spend a lot of effort enforcing rules – to ensure they are fairly and evenly complied with... Read More

Liability For Delays In Issuing Environmental Permits?
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Dianne Saxe

Can the government be liable for financial damages, when they refuse environmental permits for unreasonable reasons, or cause an unreasonable delay in issuing a permit? Yes, it is possible, according to the British Columbia Court of Appeal ! Given the... Read More

Council on Environmental Quality Declares That Climate Change is Already Covered in Environmental Impact Review, and No New Regulations Needed
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), signed into law by President Richard Nixon on January 1, 1970, was the first U.S. environmental statute of the modern era. It requires the preparation of environmental impact statements... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Keeping Your Adversary's Environmental Expert Honest
Posted on 25 Apr 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin Law 360 reported on April 12, 2013 that Steven Donziger , counsel for the indigenous Ecuadorians known as the Lago Agrio plaintiffs, "meddled" in the preparation of a key environmental report used against Chevron as part... Read More

INTERPOL Environmental Crimes Unit
Posted on 11 Feb 2015 by Dianne Saxe

International environmental wildlife and pollution crimes are attracting growing attention from INTERPOL , partly because many of them are committed by organized crime. For example, in response to the recent surge of ivory tracking, INTERPOL formed a... Read More

Babst Calland: U.S. EPA Finalizes Revisions to Boiler, Process Heater and Incineration Unit Rules
Posted on 14 Mar 2013 by Babst Calland

Numerous sources, from elementary schools to chemical manufacturers will be affected by recently finalized rules governing boilers, process heaters and incineration units. In late December 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the... Read More

Pope Francis Makes Environmental Protection Central Theme in Ecuador Visit
Posted on 6 Aug 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

Pope Francis visited Ecuador and called for increased protection of the Amazon rain forest and in general has made environmental protection a central theme in his comments. Pope Francis noted, “The tapping of natural resources, which are so abundant... Read More

Appellate Division Endorses "Waiver Rule:" DEP Allowed To Waive Regulations In Limited Circumstances
Posted on 26 Mar 2013 by Peter J. Gallagher

On March 21, 2013, the Appellate Division rejected a challenge to the so-called Waiver Rule ( N.J.A.C. 7:1B-1.1, et seq .) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], which allows the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP"... Read More