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Monthly Archive for January, 2011

Pace environmental law experts add to momentum with education of officials to address climate change One wouldn’t necessarily expect a small former Soviet country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia to lead the way in addressing climate change, but that’s exactly what Georgia aspires to do. It’s already off to a strong start, with the […]

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by Richard Ottinger The one politically feasible prospect for action on climate change – one that would surely reduce greenhouse gas emissions while bolstering the American energy supply mix – remains a clean energy standard.  Energy legislation that includes such a standard is entirely achievable in this session of Congress, despite the discouraging presence of special […]

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by Daniel E. Estrin Supervising Attorney, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Inc. Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Law School I previously posted (here and here) about our cases against the two largest mountaintop removal coal companies operating in Kentucky.  As a refresher, our clients discovered last year that International Coal Group (ICG) and Frasure Creek Mining had falsified their discharge […]

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by David Cassuto (x-post from Animal Blawg) Kangaroos are routinely brutalized and treated as pests in Australia.  This from the email regarding some recent developments: THINKK, the think tank for kangaroos, based at the University of Technology Sydney and supported by Voiceless, released two reports late last year examining the killing of kangaroos in Australia. Each year […]

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by Jamie Van Nostrand Given the current political environment, there is virtually no chance of enacting any sort of comprehensive federal energy and climate legislation that would put a price on carbon, either through a cap and trade program for CO2 emissions or a carbon tax. That doesn’t mean the White House and federal policymakers […]

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by Karl Coplan There has been quite a bit of discussion about President Obama’s issuance of an executive order providing for a retrospective review of existing regulations (including existing environmental regulations) that are unduly burdensome to industry, with much fretting that this regulatory review represents a significant anti-regulatory shift in the Administration’s philosophy, and threatens […]

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David Cassuto (x-post from Animal Blawg) Here’s an interesting development: EPA has released data from a national study of emissions from CAFOS  that raise pigs, broiler chickens, cattle, and turkeys.  Of course, we don’t know how interesting it is because the agency has not yet interpreted the data.  If you’re of a number-crunching bent, you can […]

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by Daniel E. Estrin Supervising Attorney, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Inc. Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Law School On January 10, 2011, the American Farm Bureau Federation (“AFBF”) sued the EPA in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania alleging that the agency’s promulgation last month of a total maximum daily load […]

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by Karl Coplan In case you haven’t heard, yesterday EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson exercised her authority under Clean Water Act section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, and revoked a section 404 permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for a major mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia. EPA’s press release is here, and […]

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David Cassuto (x-post from Animal Blawg) The AALS Animal Law Section panel held last Saturday in San Francisco as part of the AALS Annual Meeting was quite good.  Despite a labor action at the main conference hotel, which caused many sections (including ours) to be moved at the last minute, and despite the session taking […]

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