federal environmental law Articles

  • Recent Federal Developments

    TSCA/FIFRA EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of extension of the comment period for the draft guidance  ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Environmental law and policy in Australia

    The legal structure of resource use in Australia is not conducive to rational policy-making. The authority to manage resides with the states, which have enabled extensive parochial development of natural resources at the expense of resource rents and environmental quality. This has been achieved with administrative-type legislation, at the expense of common law adjudication. This decentralised ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Opinion: Native Villagers Demand for Climate Justice Exposes the Limitations of Federal Common Law

    Keywords: political question doctrine, US Clean Air Act, public nuisance, climatejustice litigation, climate change, environmental justice movement, sea level rise. ...


  • Opinion: Native Villagers’ Demand for Climate Justice Exposes The Limitations Of Federal Common Law

    BACKGROUND Late in 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit delivered its opinion in the case of Native Village of Kivalina v Exxonmobil Corporation {Kivalina)} A group of Inupiat native Alaskan villagers had sought compensation under the federal common law of public nuisance from a number of 'Energy Producers'2 for the effects of climate change on their community. ...


  • Safety in Drinking Water? Monitoring for Radioactive ContaminantsOnly Required Every Three, Six, or Nine Years per Federal Law

    Current federal law requires testing of drinking water for radionuclides, “hazardous radioactive materials” every three, six, or nine years. The states have the option to increase testing frequency. [Federal Register Year 2000; page 76746. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/retrieve.html] An incident of terrorism, accident, or improper disposal ...


    By Technical Associates

  • Cover: Environmental Law Review - Volume 14 Issue 3 2012

    Contents Opinion Blue Flags – Are the UK’s Beaches Flagging? Lynda M Warren Articles Mainstreaming Enforcement for the Victims of Environmental Pollution:Towards Effective Allocation of Legislative Competence under a Federal Constitution Engobo Emeseh Human Rights and the ...


  • Contents: Environmental Law Review - Volume 14 Issue 3 2012

    Contents 177 Opinion Blue Flags – Are the UK’s Beaches Flagging? Lynda M Warren Articles 185 - Mainstreaming Enforcement for the Victims of Environmental Pollution: Towards Effective Allocation of Legislative Competence under a Federal Constitution - Engobo ...


  • The changing climate for United States law

    Just a few years ago, the subject of American climate change law would not merit an article like this one, let alone the book that the American Bar Association has recently published on the subject.1 But the United States has changed, at least somewhat. At the moment, most important United States climate change law consists of state and local law, but there are signs that the federal government ...

  • Constitutional protection of the environment in a federal country: Canadian experience

    National environmental protection through law is a relatively recent initiative. The written national constitutions of federal countries, such as Canada, did not originally provide for which level of government would enjoy the primary constitutional authority to regulate for environmental protection. Today, a legal jurisdiction must be interpreted and declared from an old imperial document that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Federal grants support food waste solutions in Connecticut

    Federal grants totaling $100,000 have been designated to help Connecticut meet federal, state, and local efforts to divert food from landfills while helping provide healthy food to the hungry, protecting the environment, and saving money for businesses and consumers. The Center for EcoTechnology, a nonprofit organization focused on food waste, will use a portion of those grants to provide ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • U.S. Federal Agencies benefit from accredited laboratories

    Accreditation is the independent evaluation of conformity assessment bodies against recognized standards to carry out specific activities to ensure their impartiality and competence. Through the application of national and international standards, government, procurers and consumers can have confidence in calibration and test results, and inspection reports provided. The International Laboratory ...


    By ASTM International

  • ABA SEER’S Review of Existing Laws and Nanotechnology

    Earlier this year, the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) offered to brief representatives of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of General Counsel on legal and regulatory issues arising in connection with the application of existing statutory and regulatory authorities to engineered nanoscale materials. SEER prepared briefing ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The marine environment and ballast water management law

    This article contains a study of international and national measures dealing with the potential threat of pollution and the introduction of alien species that may come from the discharge of improperly treated ballast water. Ballast water management policy, law and coastal biosecurity strategies are considered. There are challenges to achieving the ideals of ballast water laws, as correctly ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Mainstreaming Enforcement for the Victims of Environmental Pollution: Towards Effective Allocation of Legislative Competence under a Federal Constitution

    Keywords: environmental enforcement, environmental regulation, oil pollution, Niger Delta, India, Federal constitution, environmental justice, legislative competence Abstract: One of the key features which characterise the severe pollution and degradation of the Niger Delta environment from oil industry activities has been the absence of justice for the victims. The ...


  • Fresh look at organics bans and waste recycling laws

    Approximately 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted annually. At a time when millions of Americans are food insecure and thousands of farmers struggle to stay afloat, the negative consequences of wasting food extend far beyond the environmental impacts and loss of resources that could have been otherwise allocated. There are great opportunities for food waste reduction at the federal ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 1700 miles of the keystone Xl Pipeline: A state, federal and international regulatory concern

    Regulatory compliance at the state and federal level grows infinitely more complex when the laws and regulations of six U.S. states, U.S. federal regulations, and the Canadian regulatory regime are intertwined.  TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, currently awaiting approval from the U.S.  Department of State, is gaining as much attention for its regulatory ...

  • War of words waged over Big Apple’s e-waste law

    A legal battle over an e-waste law enacted in New York City could have far-reaching implications throughout the United States and create a “chilling effect” on existing state programs and pending legislation, according to a leading environmental organization. That scenario, however, is being dismissed by industry trade groups representing manufacturers, retailers and distributors of electronics ...

  • 10 things you need to know about the new U.S. chemicals law

    The updated Toxic Substances Control Act brings new hope for protecting Americans’ health and environment. Here's what it does — and doesn’t — do. “This is a big deal,” said President Barack Obama as he signed into ...


    By Ensia

  • How California’s greenhouse gas laws can better serve disadvantaged communities

    Environmental justice advocates are working to ensure the state’s efforts to combat climate change benefit everyone — and the lessons can be applied nationwide. It was a time of year that should have been perfect. Warming temperatures marked Southern California’s gentle return to spring. The grass had shifted from drab to glowing green. The sky, which can be pale and ...


    By Ensia

  • Environmental protection

    An analysis of the lighting industry shows a significant shift from the use of incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs use more fossil fuel energy, cost more and are less effective than fluorescent bulbs, which produce more lumens. Usage of fluorescent bulbs, however, is not entirely without risk because they contain mercury, a chemical compound that can have debilitating ...


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