States like Georgia serve as a bright example of how to leverage the strength of their developers and local communities to address brownfields.
Despite tensions along the border, the US and Mexico agreed to share Colorado River water with one another and the environment.
New York City followed the lead of several California cities and filed suit against “Big Oil,” seeking to recover compensatory damages for the costs it has incurred in protecting infrastructure, residents, and visitors from the effects of climate change. However, unlike all of its California predecessors, New York City brought its action in federal court. Why?
Last month, the Trump Administration reinterpreted when a major source of hazardous air pollutants may be regulated less stringently. The policy change failed to provide an adequate explanation and thus would likely be remanded to the agency for further consideration and explanation should it be challenged in court.
The Administrative Procedure Act provides requirements that are normally meant to prevent agencies from taking shortcuts or sidestepping important public processes. However, recent actions by the Trump administration demonstrate that a less well-known section of the APA may potentially be used as a dilatory tactic to allow a new administration to delay implementation of a previous administration’s properly promulgate rules.
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea includes two mechanisms which are of vital environmental importance for the deep sea and which the United States is neglecting by not acceding.
The Trump Administration potentially seeks to implement deep-cuts in the Energy Department. The budget loss would ultimately lead to uncertainty in the market for clean energy, as regulations push difficult measures for alternative energy source providers to abide by and follow. The policies in the short term will hinder clean energy initiatives for now, but ultimately these clean energy competitors will still stand competitively against fossil fuels and the coal industry.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection agrees to issue new NPDES permits for ten plants operating with expired permits by March 2019.
Perhaps indicating a new direction in New Jersey environmental policy under Governor Murphy, the state Senate recently revoked a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection rule that would have increased the density of septic tanks allowed in the state’s Highlands Region.
The oil and gas industry has recently shifted its position on whether to develop the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration.