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Monthly Archive for February, 2011

by Karl Coplan The New York Times has an interesting article today about how EPA and other federal agencies have quietly increased the dollar value assigned to a human life, to be used for regulatory impact and cost-benefit analysis. According to the Times: The Environmental Protection Agency set the value of a life at $9.1 […]

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by Daniel E. Estrin Supervising Attorney, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Inc. Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Law School I have blogged over the past few months about a case the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and our co-counsel have attempted to bring against the two largest mountaintop removal coal companies operating in Kentucky.  Most recently, I posted about our legal intern Peter Harrison’s trip to Kentucky to […]

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David Cassuto I’ve blogged before about the dangers to wildlife from wind turbines.   Well, this just in: yesterday, the Department of the Interior released draft guidelines to protect wildlife from wind turbines  while calling on all involved in the industry to rigorously monitor, assess, and incorporate best practices into their designs. The guidelines look to […]

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by Karl Coplan The environmental law community is organizing to oppose the latest Congressional attack on the regulatory state, the so-called ‘‘Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011,” or REINS. The bill, HR10, would prevent any “Major Rule” from going into effect unless it was first approved by a fast-tracked joint […]

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Wind, Birds & the Power Grid

David Cassuto (x-post from Animal Blawg) Let’s be clear: Our hero favors alternative energy, including wind power.   However, nothing is all good and wind turbines kill birds.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that more than 400,000 birds are killed each year by blows from the blades of wind turbines.  And as the Department […]

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