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U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Strikes Down Challenges to 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline

Fri Mar 29th, On Environmental Law, by

On February 19, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an unpublished opinion rejecting multiple petitions for review filed by environmental groups such as Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Sierra Club. The case centers around a 300-mile natural gas pipeline extending from Wetzel County, West Virginia to Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The case arose in December 2017, following the publication of the […]

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California State Water Resources Control Board Announces “PFAS Phased Investigation Plan”

Thu Mar 28th, On Environmental Law, by

On March 6, 2019, the California State Water Resources Control Board announced a “Phased Investigation Plan” for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Two different kinds of PFAS, Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), are commonly used in various consumer products ranging from carpet to cookware items. Although PFOA and PFOS give these consumer products ideal waterproof and stain-resistant characteristics, these chemicals do not break down in the environment, often […]

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The Green New Deal Framework is Introduced to Address Climate Change and Economic Inequality

Mon Mar 4th, On Environmental Law, by

On February 7, 2019, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex, D-N.Y., and Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass, introduced the framework for the Green New Deal in House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109). This proposal aims to eliminate all carbon emissions resulting from transportation, agriculture, and electricity generation within the United States. It also strives to create job opportunities and economic security along the way. Ocasio-Cortex believes that “the solutions that we have considered big […]

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Democrats in Congress Introduce Senate Bill S.367 to Reinforce Protection Over National Monuments

Tue Feb 26th, On Environmental Law, by

On February 7, 2019, Congressional Democrats introduced Senate bill S.367 to reinforce that only Congress has jurisdiction over certain national monuments, to establish a National Monument Enhancement Fund, and to define certain protected wilderness areas in the states of New Mexico and Nevada. The bill is an update to the Antiquities Act of 1906, which was endorsed by Theodore Roosevelt, and recognized as “the first law to establish that archeological […]

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