Laws & Regulations

June 3, 2012 to June 6, 2012

The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference

Special focus at this conference in Miami will be on the impacts the Panama Canal expansion will have on coastal environments near Florida’s deep-water ports. Connect with the experts and acquire fact-based background at one of the longest running series of coastal conferences in the U.S.


Clear Channel Mounts FBI Billboards Promoting Trade Secrecy

Claims of trade secrecy — often unsubstantiated — are a huge barrier to environmental reporters and others trying to find the truth about chemicals that may harm human health and the environment. But the FBI's billboards urge Americans to be vigilant against corporate insiders who may appear suspicious, and presumably to turn them in.

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New Ohio Law Limits Disclosure of Fracking Fluid Ingredients

The Ohio legislature cleared a fracking bill May 24, 2012 that increases inspections of wells and requires drillers to hold liability insurance. But Reuters reports: "Many Democrats said the bill paves the way for the industry to hide information about toxic chemicals that could contaminate groundwater."

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"Unchecked Dust Explosions Kill, Injure Hundreds of Workers"

An explosion of flammable metal dust burned Wiley Sherburne, 42, an electrician at the Gallatin, Tenn., plant of the Hoeganaes Corp. Dust was everywhere at the plant. Sherburne died two days after being burned over 95 percent of his body. Combustible dust has killed or injured at least 900 U.S. workers in the past three decades, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has bogged down on efforts to strengthen regulations.

Source: iWatch News, 05/30/2012

"Chemical Industry Lobbyists Keep Stronger Oversight Plan at Bay"

"With efforts to revamp the nation's chemical safety law stalled in Congress, the Obama administration's top environmental regulator vowed three years ago to act on her own to beef up the oversight of toxic substances. But key parts of the initiative by Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are still bottled up in an obscure White House office under intense pressure from industry lobbyists to back off."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 05/10/2012

EPA E-Mails on Pollution Regs Show Agency Frustrated With White House

"An Aug. 30, 2011, e-mail exchange among Environmental Protection Agency officials, obtained by the Center for Progressive Reform under the Freedom of Information Act, provides a glimpse into how agency officials thought the White House failed to adequately capture their work on anti-pollution rules opposed by Republicans and industry officials."

Source: Wash Post, 05/04/2012

Dark Hand of OMB Lifted from FOIA Recommendations — Or So They Say

OMB sat on the Office of Government Information Services recommendations for over a year, until a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in March 2012 demanded OMB release the recommendations, which finally happened April 24th. However, no recommendations for legislative change were included. Nobody knows what, if any, legislative recommendations OGIS may have originally proposed.

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