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Montana Judge Reinstates Formerly Defunct Ban on Coal-Leasing

Fri Sep 9th, On Uncategorized, by

Following the commission of the Coal leasing Amendments Act of 1976, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was entrusted with the obligation of overseeing the operations of coal leasing: the process through which the rights to extract coal from federal lands are negotiated with the highest bidder. BLM is obligated to lease coal at a fair market value, as well as competitively, meaning that any interested party can bid on […]

Senate Approves Bill to Fund Restoration of Freshwater Systems  

Thu Sep 1st, On Uncategorized, by

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) serves as the nation’s headmost legislation pertaining to flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration of the country’s waterways. Developed in 1986 as a means for establishing necessary water infrastructure – dams and canals – the WRDA operates under a biennial timeframe, allowing Congress to apply necessary adjustments every two years. In accordance with this system, 2022 is the year to reassess WRDA legislation, and […]

Counterintuitive Climate Solution Aims for Atmospheric Restoration

Wed Sep 25th, On Uncategorized, by

On May 20, 2019,Nature Sustainability published a study detailing a seemingly counterintuitive climate solution, seeking atmospheric restoration by converting one greenhouse gas into another. Global warming has been commonly attributed to the increasing levels of carbon dioxide; however, studies suggest “methane is 84 times more potent in terms of warming the climate system over the first 20 years after its release.” Rob Johnson, the lead author of this Stanford-led paper, claims […]

New Legislation Labels all PFAS as “Hazardous Substances” under CERCLA

In March 2019, a group of senators introduced legislation to classify all Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). If this bill is approved, cleanups pertaining to PFAS chemicals will be “eligible for CERCLA cleanup funds and cost recovery actions.” This motion depicts the continuing efforts to increase PFAS regulation nationwide. In November 2017, the California Office of Environmental […]

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