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  • Ohio State Webinar Series Addresses Food, Agricultural and Environmental Law Issues

    As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles becomes more prevalent in agriculture, understanding the laws and regulations on the use of such devices is paramount, experts say. To help provide guidance and understanding of the legal issues surrounding UAVs, Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law program will discuss the topic in the first of a series of free webinars ...


    By Ohio State University

  • EPA reports a successful year enforcing environmental law in New York state (NY)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today posted information illustrating its very successful past year in enforcing environmental law. In the past federal fiscal year, which ran from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010, the Agency took actions that reduced pollution and ensured that environmental laws are being followed. In the past fiscal year, EPA took enforcement and compliance ...

  • UNEP and the Organization of American States Renew Joint-Efforts to Enhance Environmental Rule of law

    The UN South-South Cooperation Expo on enhancing cooperation for sustainable development served as the stage for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNEP and the Organization of American States (OAS) designed to foster increased cooperation between the two organizations on the development and implementation of environmental rule of law for the promotion of sustainable ...

  • EPA reports a successful year enforcing environmental law in the state of New Jersey (NJ)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today posted information illustrating its very successful past year in enforcing environmental law. In the past federal fiscal year, which ran from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010, the Agency took actions that reduced pollution and ensured that environmental laws are being followed. In the past fiscal year, EPA took enforcement and compliance ...

  • Connecting environmental protection and the rule of law

    On the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, 35 human rights groups and WRI call on the presidential candidates to reaffirm the fundamental legal framework that makes environmental protection possible. Constitution Day is Wednesday, September 17th. 221 years after the document’s ratification, the Constitution continues to provide the framework for one of the world’s most stable and ...

  • State Air Pollution Officials Urge National Climate Law

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (ENS) - The professional association of state and local air pollution control officials this week took aim at global warming. At its spring membership meeting in Louisville, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies formally adopted a statement calling on Congress to 'promptly enact a mandatory economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction program with ...

  • EU member states miss eco-design law deadline

    All but six member states missed the 11 August deadline to transpose into national law a 2005 directive on the eco-design of energy-using products (EuP), ENDS has learned.   So far only ...

  • Do US environmental laws now apply in Canada?

    The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition filed by Canadian mining giant Teck Cominco Metals which followed a series of decisions from lower courts that consistently ruled against the company. In rejecting Teck's request for review, the Court let stand the federal appeals court decision that the Canadian company must comply with U.S. laws that ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • European Commission proposes to improve implementation of environmental law

    The Commission has set out plans to improve the implementation of the European Union's 200 or so laws on environmental protection. This fits within a wider Commission strategy for improving implementation of EU law announced in 2007, and coincides with the publication of the new Annual Report of the Commission on monitoring the application of Community Law in general. The Communication stresses ...

  • Asian Judges Network to Strengthen Environmental Law Enforcement

    An Asian Judges Network on Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation amongst justices cast with enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve the region’s precious natural capital. “Chief Justices and their senior judiciary play a critical role in improving environmental enforcement and strengthening the rule of law,” said Asian ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • State IDs Faulty Tanks; Now Tank Law is being scaled Back

    After a 2014 chemical spill polluted drinking water for more than 300,000 people in West Virginia, lawmakers there quickly mandated tighter surveillance of the state's chemical storage tanks. It revealed dozens of tanks that shouldn't have been in service still posed a potential threat to drinking water for more than 134,000 people downstream. Many were corroded and a few were filled with ...


    By Associated Press

  • Strengthening role of national judges in the application of EU environmental law

    National judges are at the forefront of the implementation and application of EU environmental law in the Member States. In recognition of their role, the European Commission launched a co-operation programme with national judges to look specifically at issues arising from the application of EU environmental law. The first seminar of this programme is taking place on 28-29 May in Sofia with ...

  • The green arm of the law

    The US Environmental protection Agency (EPA) has mounted a new Web tool to enlist the help of the public and other law enforcement agencies in tracking down fugitives accused of violating environmental laws and evading arrest. 'Putting this information on the EPA’s Web site will increase the number of ’eyes’ looking for environmental fugitives,' said Granta Y. Nakayama, assistant administrator ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • EC seeks fine over breach of environmental law in Ireland

    The European Commission is taking Ireland back to the European Court of Justice, with the possibility of fines, for failing to implement an earlier ruling on quality standards for shellfish waters on the Irish coast. The Commission proposes to ask the Court to impose a lump-sum fine of over €3.8 million and a daily penalty payment of nearly €40,000. However, because Ireland has announced that it ...

  • The law of unintended consequences

    The Winnipeg-based Centre for Public Policy released a report last month on the often unintended consequences of environmental policies. The study, Envionmental Policy and Unintended Consequences, from Ben Eisen and Kenneth Green, examines a series of case studies drawn from around the world. Those case studies demonstrate how the law of unintended consequences has often frustrated policymakers ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Greening water law

    Governments and law-makers need to integrate environmental concerns into water-use legislation to avert an impending global water crisis, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), titled "Greening Water Law". According to the report, launched Tuesday at World Water Week in Stockholm, competition is increasing between the rapidly growing human population-which ...

  • Environmental groups hail court decision on aviation climate law

    A transatlantic coalition of environmental groups today applauded the decision of Europe’s highest court to uphold the EU law to reduce carbon pollution from airplanes. The decision, from the ...

  • Revamped Environmental Law raises Hope for Clean-up in China

    People in China who want to take industries to task for fouling their surroundings have been rushing to file complaints and lawsuits this year in a test of legal reforms that toughen environmental penalties and make clear that many public-interest groups have the right to sue. Environmental watchdogs say people have filed hundreds of complaints with local governments under the new law launched in ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA: Most Waste Sites Used for Renewable Energy Subject to State Laws, Not CERCLA

    The “vast majority” of contaminated sites requiring cleanup are likely to be addressed by state cleanup programs and won't involve federal cleanup or enforcement laws, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a reference guide addressing liability for renewable energy projects at contaminated sites. Such state programs include superfund, brownfields and voluntary cleanup programs, ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • EPA honors New York State environmental leaders

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has honored 26 individuals, organizations and businesses from across New York State with Environmental Quality Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. EPA also recognized a student from Jericho, N.Y. who is one of ten students selected from across the country to receive the President’s ...

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