environment

CA Gov Cuts Out Trump-Allied Car Companies | 11-22-2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said the Golden State government will no longer buy cars from carmakers that don’t adhere to the state’s strict emissions rules. The boycott is a direct response to a bevy of car companies that recently...

Murphy Orders Doubling of NJ Wind Power | 11-22-2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued an executive order last week to more than double the Garden State’s goal for offshore wind power production. Under Executive Order No. 92 , the state will seek to produce 7,500 megawatts of wind power by 2035...

Business - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

MASSACHUSETTS Senate Approves SB 2410 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2410 , a bill that would prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic bags and require customers to pay a fee of at least 10 cents for recyclable or reusable bags. The ban...

Environment - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

California Governor Imposes A Moratorium CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) imposes a moratorium on new hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and steam-injected oil drilling in the Golden State until the permits for those projects can be reviewed by an independent...

Local Front - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

Baltimore City Council Approves New Regulation The BALTIMORE City Council approves a new regulation that bans retailers from offering plastic bags to customers at checkout. The new law allows retailers to use small plastic bags to wrap deli products...

The Fires Next Time: The Threat to the West | 11-15-2019

Fire-prompted power shutoffs that left millions of Californians in the dark have pushed Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), one of the nation’s largest utilities, to the brink of a state government takeover. The blackouts touched off public...

Texas, California Among Hardest Hit by Wildfires in 2018 | 11-15-2019

In 2018 Texas had the most wildfires of any state, 10,541 of them, and the sixth highest number of acres burned, at 569,811, according to data compiled by the Insurance Information Institute from the National Interagency Fire Center. California had the...

Budgets in Brief - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

OR Facing Big Wildfire Mitigation Costs OREGON will have to spend $4 billion now to mitigate its wildfire problems, according to a report from the Council on Wildfire Response appointed by Gov. Kate Brown (D). The report said alternatively the state...

Energy - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

California Public Utilities Commission Votes The CALIFORNIA Public Utilities Commission votes unanimously to order an investigation into the intentional blackouts by Pacific Gas & Electric and other utilities that left millions of Golden State...

Local Front - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

New York City Council Approves Ordinance The NEW YORK City Council approves an ordinance that would establish at least 20 waste collection zones, with service split up between three companies. Those firms would be selected through a city bidding process...

States Win and Trump Loses In Courts | 10-18-2019

California would have the fifth largest economy in the world if the state was a separate nation. And ever since Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, the Golden State has behaved as if it really is a separate country, standing...

Governors in Brief - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

RAIMONDO NOT OKAY WITH RI DMV WAITING FEES RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said she is not in favor of a plan pitched by the Ocean State DMV to charge customers a $15 walk-in fee for conducting license or registration renewals that could be done...

Environment - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Signs AB 342 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 342 , which prohibits new pipelines and other infrastructure on state lands that would support new oil and gas production (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Governor Signs...

Environment - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

California Governor Signs AB 187 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 187 , which requires mattress recycling organizations to review their plans for the recovery and recycling of used mattresses and to determine whether amendments are necessary...

Environment - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

California Governor Signs AB 65 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 65 , which requires the State Coastal Conservancy to prioritize projects that use natural infrastructure to help adapt to climate change (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Trump Administration Revokes CA’s Authority Over Auto Emissions | 09-20-2019

For decades, California has been able to adopt auto emission regulations that are tougher than those approved by the federal government, thanks to a federal waiver allowing the state to set its own auto emission standards and other states to follow those...

Environment - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Trump Administration Announces Plans to Revoke Longstanding Federal Rule The Trump administration announces plans to revoke a longstanding federal rule that allows CALIFORNIA to establish stricter emissions standards than required by federal law. State...

Environment - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Assembly Gives Final Approval to AB 342 The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 342 , which would bar new oil and gas wells in national parks and other protected areas in the Golden State. It moves to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who...

Environment - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

California Senate Appropriations Committee Declines to Endorse AB 572 The CALIFORNIA Senate Appropriations Committee declines to endorse AB 572 , a bill that would have barred the state from doing business with companies whose products contributed...

Environment - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

Delaware Governor Signs HB 65 DELAWARE Gov. John Carney (D) signs HB 65 , which bars covenants or other restrictions that would halt or unreasonably limit the use of roof or ground-mounted residential solar systems. The measure also lowers the voting...

Environment - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

Illinois Governor Signs SB 9 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 9 , a bill that, among several things, prohibits coal ash discharge into the environment and directs state regulators to propose new rules around the regulation of coal ash (ILLINOIS...

Environment - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

Missouri Governor Signs HB 260 MISSOURI Gov. Mike Parson (R) signs HB 260 , an anti-poaching measure that significantly raises fines for those convicted of illegally taking game species and other native wildlife. Fines will range up to $5,000 for each...

Sea Level Rise Poses Major Economic Threat in CA | 07-12-2019

Earthquakes and wildfires are probably the environmental hazards Californians worry about most. But by the end of the century, another threat may be keeping residents awake at night: rising sea levels. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey...

Environment - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

California Governor Signs AB 1054 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 1054 , legislation that, among several things, will require utility companies to undertake billions of dollars in wildfire prevention mitigations. The measure also extends...

Environment - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

PA governor Signs SB 712 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signs SB 712 , a budget bill that has a provision which bans state and local governments from regulating or banning single-use plastics until the completion of two government studies on the matter...

Environment - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

IL Governor Signs SB 1852 ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signs SB 1852 , which requires Prairie State sterilization facilities to prevent leaks of ethylene oxide into surrounding neighborhoods and reduce legally allowable pollution emitted through...

Environment - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

CT Governor Signs HB 7156 CONNECTICUT Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signs HB 7156 , which authorizes the Constitution State to buy up to 2 megawatts of offshore wind power, equal to about 30 percent of the state’s energy load. The new law also requires...

Environment - June 10 2019 | 06-07-2019

ME Senate Approves HB 1115 The MAINE Senate approves to HB 1115 , which would ban retailers from offering single-use plastic bags. Each chamber must endorse the bill again for it to go to Gov. Janet Mills (D) for consideration (BANGOR DAILY NEWS).

Environment - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

CA Assembly Approves AB 1162 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1162 , which would largely ban the small bottles of shampoo and other toiletries provided by hotels. Hotels could still provide the small bottles of shampoo and other personal care products...

Environment - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

WA Governor Signs SB 5116 WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs SB 5116 , a bill that establishes a mandate for Evergreen State utilities to eliminate coal as an energy source by the end of 2025, with the ultimate goal of providing carbon-free electricity...

Environment - May 6 2019 | 05-03-2019

NY Governor Signs AB 2572 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 2572 , legislation that bans offshore drilling in Empire State coastal waters. The measure bars the state from granting permits for drilling and exploration in offshore areas controlled...

Environment - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

OR House Approves HB 2623 The OREGON House approves HB 2623 , a bill that would impose a 10-year ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process that injects high-pressure liquids into underground rock to extract oil and gas. The measure moves...

Environment - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

NM House Endorses SB 76 The NEW MEXICO House endorses SB 76 , which would bar coyote-killing contests in the Land of Enchantment. It goes to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grishman (D) for consideration (NEW MEXICO POLITICAL REPORT).

Environment - March 11 2019 | 03-08-2019

UT House Approves HB 353 The UTAH House approves HB 353 , which would authorize funding to pay for free mass transit on 17 of the Beehive State’s worst air quality days over a three-year period. It moves to the Senate (DESERET NEWS [SALT LAKE...

Environment - February 25 2019 | 02-22-2019

ID House Endorses Legislation The IDAHO House endorses legislation that would make the state Wolf Depredation Control Board a permanent government agency. It is now with Gov. Brad Little (R) for consideration (POST-REGISTER [IDAHO FALLS]).

Environment - February 11 2019 | 02-08-2019

NY Assembly and Senate Approve AB 2572 The NEW YORK Assembly and Senate approve AB 2572 , which would bar the state from granting permits for drilling or oil or gas exploration in offshore areas controlled by the state. It moves to Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

Environment - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

CO River Water Agreement Seven states that depend on the Colorado River for water reach agreement on a management plan for the waterway. The deal between COLORADO, UTAH, ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, CALIFORNIA, NEVADA and WYOMING creates a collection of drought...

Environment - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Vetoes AB 1097 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1097 , which would have barred smoking on Golden State beaches. It is the third straight year Brown has vetoed such a measure (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

Environment - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

Federal Judge Blocks Grizzly Bear Plans A federal judge blocks plans by WYOMING and IDAHO to hold the first grizzly bear hunt in the lower 48 states in almost three decades. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled grizzlies weren’t sufficiently...

Environment - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

CA governor signs AB 1775 and SB 874 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1775 and SB 874 , which together bar the State Lands Commission from granting leases for new pipelines and infrastructure to companies looking to drill for oil off the state’s...

Environment - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

Going On In NJ The NEW JERSEY Department of Environmental Protection enacts a new rule to cap the amount of compounds known as PFNAs, short for perfluorononanoic acids, in Garden State drinking water. The man-made, toxic chemical compounds, once used...

Environment - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

IL Governor Signs HB 4843 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs HB 4843 , which makes it a crime to import, sell, buy or trade any ivory or rhino horn within the Prairie State. (ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Environment - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

CA Air Resources Board Unveils Pollution Proposal The CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board unveils a proposal for new rules that would force automakers to meet the Golden State’s existing standards on car and truck pollution even if weaker ones are...

Environment - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

CA Governor Vetoes AB 2070 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 2070 , which would have required incoming student orientations at Golden State colleges and universities to include information on intimate partner and dating violence (LOS ANGELES...

Environment - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

FL Governor Issues Executive Order FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott (R) issues Executive Order 18-202 , which urges Sunshine State counties to protect public beach access and directs the Department of Environmental Protection to support the efforts. It also...

Environment - July 9 2018 | 07-06-2018

MI Governor Signs HB 5638 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs HB 5638 , which streamlines the process for obtaining approval for large groundwater withdrawals. The new process gives the state Department of Environmental Quality 20 days to review submitted...

Environment - July 2 2018 | 06-29-2018

Going On In OK The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves a plan that will make OKLAHOMA the first state to oversee coal ash disposal within its borders. Under the agreement, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality will fully take over...

Environment - June 18 2018 | 06-15-2018

HI Governor Signs SB 3095 HAWAII Gov. David Ige (D) signs SB 3095 , a bill that makes the Aloha State the first to ban pesticides containing the chemical chlorpyrifos. Overexposure to chlorpyrifos can cause paralysis and death (MAUI NEWS).

Environment - June 11 2018 | 06-08-2018

PA House Approves HB 2154 The PENNSYLVANIA House approves HB 2154 , which, among several things, removes an existing requirement for oil and gas drillers who damage a water supply to restore it. The measure, which also allows up to 210 gallons of crude...

Environment - June 4 2018 | 06-01-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 606 & AB 1668 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 606 and AB 1668 , which together establish statewide water efficiency regulations. Those rules will take effect in 2022 (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’SOFFICE).