Laws & Regulations

Arizona Will Halt Some New Phoenix Home Approvals As Water Supplies Tighten

"The groundwater aquifers currently serving 4.6 million people across metro Phoenix are lagging behind growth on a trajectory that would run just short of projected needs in 100 years, according to a new state groundwater model released Thursday by Gov. Katie Hobbs. As a result, the state's water agency will stop approving new development that relies solely on groundwater."

Source: Arizona Republlic, 06/02/2023

Louisiana Joins 9 Other States To Sue Feds Over Flood Insurance Premiums

"Louisiana is joining nine other states in a lawsuit against the federal government over its new system for setting flood insurance rates, which is triggering steep hikes for homeowners, Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Thursday, calling the increases a “disaster of its own” that risks driving out families and businesses."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 06/02/2023

Plastic Containers Still Distributed Across The US Are Potential Threat

"Consumer groups are condemning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allowing plastic containers made with toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” to continue being distributed across the economy – even though the agency is suing a top manufacturer over the dangerous compounds leaching into containers’ contents, such as food or personal care products."

Source: Guardian, 06/02/2023

Industry Documents Show Firms Knew About Forever Chemicals for Decades

"Major chemical companies were aware of the dangers forever chemicals posed to the public, years before they were forced to admit it. A new study in Annals of Global Health examined previously secret industry documents and saw exactly how manufacturers DuPont and 3M purposely distorted public knowledge about PFAS in their products."

Source: Earther, 06/02/2023

"Debt Deal Pares Federal Role in Environmental Permitting Reviews"

"Permitting changes included in the deal to suspend the debt limit are drawing concern from environmentalists who say many projects would escape federal review under the proposal making its way through Congress."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 06/02/2023

Brazil's Indigenous People Protest As Lawmakers Vote To Limit Land Rights

"Lawmakers in Brazil approved a proposal that opponents argue will gut Indigenous land rights and environmental protection. The fast-track approval highlights the strength of Brazil's powerful agriculture industry. Indigenous leaders vow more protests."

Source: NPR, 06/01/2023

"US Debt Ceiling Bill Passes House With Broad Bipartisan Support"

"A divided U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to suspend the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling on Wednesday, with majority support from both Democrats and Republicans to overcome opposition led by hardline conservatives and avoid a catastrophic default."

Source: Reuters, 06/01/2023

"‘An Egregious Act’: Debt Ceiling Deal Imperils The Environment, Critics Say"

"The deal to raise the US debt ceiling will have significant ramifications for the climate and nature, by fast-tracking a controversial gas pipeline in West Virginia and limiting the scope of environmental reviews for future developments, environmentalists have warned."

Source: Guardian, 05/31/2023


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