California Granted Power to Self-Regulate Auto Emission Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency celebrated a triumphant victory on Wednesday, March 9, when California recovered the authority to establish emission standards, enabling the state to tighten regulations on greenhouse gas emissions beyond federal requirements. This decision to reestablish California as a leader in the fight toward greener motor vehicle efficiency was delivered by the Biden administration, which reversed a Trump administration attempt to block the state from using its vast […]

California’s Microplastic Initiative to Turn the Tides of Plastic Pollution

They are present on every body of water on Earth – from remote oceans currents to pristine mountain lakes – and they have even been identified in human placenta and lung tissues. Despite progress towards a cleaner, greener future, we have been unable to outrun the impending doom of microplastics. It is no secret that anthropocentric activities have introduced a host of plastics into the planet’s oceans, fundamentally restricting the […]

U.S. Supreme Court to consider limitation of EPA in landmark case: West Virginia vs. EPA

At a time when carbon emissions stand at the forefront of public concern, legislators and advocacy groups throughout the United States are doing all they can to limit the fossil fuel and coal industries to prevent further impacts. For the past 50 years, environmental policymakers have looked to the guidance of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and enforce environmental regulations. However, recent debates over the provisions enabling the […]

Orange County Oil Spill Culminates in Multifaceted Lawsuit

Thu Mar 24th, On Environmental Law, by

On the morning of October 2, 2021, Orange County residents awoke to a coastal oil spill of approximately 25,000 gallons, measuring an expansive 5.8 miles in length. This tragedy, referred to as Orange County Oil Spill, was caused as a result of two container ships making contact with an underwater pipeline, and the subsequent negligence on the part of the pipeline’s management team responsible for reporting the incident. Months later, […]

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