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Monthly Archive for July, 2010

In her short time at the Agency, EPA Administrator Jackson has emphasized that she will be promoting the consideration of environmental justice issues.  In an effort to better address the health and environmental burdens placed upon impoverished and predominately minority communities, she has appointed both a Senior Counsel for External Civil Rights and a Senior […]

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by Christine Saenz Since taking office, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has made huge strides towards promoting and expanding America’s environmental justice movement. In an effort to better address the health and environmental burdens placed upon impoverished and predominately minority communities, the Administrator has appointed both a Senior Counsel for External Civil Rights and a Senior […]

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by Sara Vinson On Thursday, July 15, 2010, Pace Law School’s Center for Environmental Legal Studies (CELS), in collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI), held a meeting of U.S.- based organizations and entities working on environmental courts, the rule of law, and access to justice at WRI’s Washington office.  The purpose of the meeting […]

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by Professor Karl Coplan Large meat production enterprises like Perdue and Smithfield have long sought to avoid environmental liabilities by contracting out animal production to smaller farms.  The “integrator” owns the animals, provides the feed and medication, and dictates the conditions under which the animals are raised.  The integrator hopes to avoid any responsibility for […]

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On June 29, 2010, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the constitutionality of EPA’s issuance of “unilateral administrative orders” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund). General Electric had challenged EPA’s authority to order corporations that had contaminated sites to pay for the cleanup […]

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Georgetown University legal professor, environmental lawyer, and 40-time Supreme Court litigant Richard Lazarus has been appointed by President Obama as Executive Director of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. This panel – stocked with a prestigious group of ardent environmentalists and advocates – including William K. Reilly (former […]

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On Tuesday, June 22, a federal judge in Louisiana temporarily issued an injunction against the Obama Administration’s six month moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling projects. The moratorium, enacted in response to BP’s devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, was meant to prevent further high-risk exploration for fossil fuels pending […]

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The Supreme Court on Monday (June 21st) overturned a federal district court’s injunction which comprehensively prohibited the use of genetically modified alfafa seeds. The injunction was originally handed down to address the failure of the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) – a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – to comply […]

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