environmental impact assessment rule News

  • Environment: Commission to streamline rules on environmental impact assessments of projects

    The European Commission today outlined new proposals to streamline legislation on environmental impact assessments. The proposals are intended to lighten administrative burdens and make it easier to assess the potential impacts of major projects, without weakening existing environmental safeguards. Current levels of environmental protection will be strengthened, and businesses should enjoy a more ...

  • In renewed effort on environmental justice, EPA to assess impacts of waste rule on disadvantaged communities

    Consistent with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s commitment to reach out to communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making, the agency is requesting public input on a draft plan for assessing the potential impacts of its hazardous waste recycling rule on low-income, minority and tribal populations.  To encourage safe recycling and to help conserve natural resources, ...

  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Projects Now Simplified

    New legislation simplifying the rules for assessing the potential effects of projects on the environment enters into force today (May 15, 2014). The newly amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive will offer better protection for the environment while reducing administrative burdens stemming from EU law, in line with the European Commission's drive for ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Impact assessment of projects now simplified

    New legislation simplifying the rules for assessing the potential effects of projects on the environment enters into force today. The newly amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive will offer better protection for the environment while reducing administrative burdens stemming from EU law, in line with the European Commission's drive for smarter regulation. It will also enhance ...

  • MEPs back beefed-up environmental impact assessment directive

    A proposed update of EU law to make environmental impact assessments clearer, ensure they take account of biodiversity and climate change and involve the public, was backed by the European Parliament on Wednesday. This update, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, also aims to ensure that development project authorisations are not influenced by conflicts of interest. ...


    By European Parliament

  • Committee MEPs back beefed-up environmental impact assessment directive

    A proposed update of EU law to make environmental impact assessments clearer, build in biodiversity and climate change, and involve the public, was backed by the Environment Committee on Wednesday (Feb. 12,2014). This update, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, includes beefed up rules to ensure that decisions to authorize development projects are not influenced by conflicts ...


    By European Parliament

  • UNEP and INTERPOL Assess Impacts of Environmental Crime on Security and Development

    Environmental crime - from the illegal trade in wildlife and timber and the smuggling of ozone depleting substances to the illicit trade in hazardous waste and illegal fishing - is a serious and growing international problem, whose impacts transcend national borders. Environmental crime affects all sectors of society and is often linked with the exploitation of disadvantaged communities, human ...

  • Latest Revision to ASTM Environmental Site Assessment Standard Utilized in EPA Final Rule - E1527 Describes Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Process

    On Dec. 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule that utilizes the latest version of ASTM International standard E1527-13, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, in the performance of “all appropriate inquiries” when conducting environmental site assessments. ...


    By ASTM International

  • Corporate environmental impacts continue to grow

    The most comprehensive assessment of corporate sustainability activity to date shows that while companies around the world engage in a wide range of sustainability initiatives, the costs to the environment continue to grow. The sixth annual "State of Green Business" report (download free here), published by GreenBiz Group in ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Questions and Answers on the Commission`s proposal for the revision of EU law on environmental impact assessments

    1. What are the shortcomings of the current legislation? Under the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) Directive, any project that is likely to have significant effects on the environment has to be studied carefully before it is approved. This helps minimise any negative impact on the environment, and avoids problems in the longer term. The Directive needs to be updated to reflect the ...

  • Golden rules for a golden age of gas

    The International Energy Agency has released an excellent free report, part of the World Energy Outlook series, that presents analytical insights into trends in energy markets and what they mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development. Natural gas is poised to enter a golden age, but this future hinges critically on the successful development of the world's vast ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Hawaii Superferry Cannot Sail During Environmental Assessment

    HONOLULU, Hawaii, October 9, 2007 (ENS) - A Maui judge today ruled that the brand new the $85 million Hawaii Superferry cannot operate while the state prepares an environmental assessment. The state waived an environmental assessment back in 2005 at the request of the Superferry management, who feared that their funding might evaporate if they had to wait for a study of changes ...

  • Lawmakers push EPA for more time on water rule

    Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider plans to regulate many of the nation's streams and wetlands, saying the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds. In a letter Thursday, the senators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for announcing a proposed rule ...


    By Associated Press

  • Lawmakers push EPA for more time on water rule

    Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider plans to regulate many of the nation's streams and wetlands, saying the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds. In a letter Thursday, the senators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for announcing a ...


    By Associated Press

  • New rules on e-waste to boost resource efficiency

    New rules on the collection and treatment of e-waste in the European Union enter into force today. E-waste (i.e. waste electrical and electronic equipment, or WEEE) is one the fastest growing waste streams, and it offers substantial opportunities in terms of making secondary raw materials available on the market. The new ...

  • New rules could block biofuel’s alien invaders

    Researchers in the US have warned those anxious to cut greenhouse emissions to make quite sure that the cure they choose will not turn out worse than the disease. They have developed a tool that should help to avoid the danger that efforts to address climate change could allow invasive plant species to spread where they are not wanted. Making fuel from plants ...


    By Climate News Network

  • EPA announces chemical data reporting rule, which replaces the IUR modifications rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on August 2, 2011, the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule, previously referred to as the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) Modifications Rule. The CDR is intended to enable EPA to collect and publish information on the manufacturing, processing, and use of commercial chemical substances and mixtures ...


    By Acta Group

  • EPA Announces Chemical Data Reporting Rule, Which Replaces the IUR Modifications Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on August 2, 2011, the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule, previously referred to as the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) Modifications Rule. The CDR is intended to enable EPA to collect and publish information on the manufacturing, processing, and use of commercial chemical substances and mixtures ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Chemical Data Reporting Rule Analysis: Announcement of Webinar on Chemical Data Reporting Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released on August 2, 2011, the pre-publication copy of the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule, previously referred to as the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) Modifications Rule. The rule was published on August 16, 2011. 76 Fed. Reg. 50816. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. will host a webinar on the CDR Rule in ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Climate change should be part of BC’s Environmental Assessment process

    The Environmental Law center of the University of Victoria is calling on government to include climate change impacts in BC’s environmental assessment process. Prepared on behalf of Sierra Club, BC, Blind Spot: The Failure to Consider Climate in British Columbia’s Environmental Assessments, flags profound flaws in the current environmental assessment regime that could ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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