Laws & Regulations

Tribe Signs Pact To Work With California To Save Endangered Salmon

"A California tribe has signed agreements with state and federal agencies to work together on efforts to return endangered Chinook salmon to their traditional spawning areas upstream of Shasta Dam, a deal that could advance the long-standing goal of tribal leaders to reintroduce fish that were transplanted from California to New Zealand more than a century ago and still thrive there."

Source: LA Times, 05/05/2023

Black Alabamians Endured Poor Sewage For Decades. Now They May See Justice.

"Officials in Alabama discriminated against Black residents in a rural county by denying them access to adequate sanitation systems, imposing burdensome fines and liens and ignoring the serious health risks plaguing the community, according to a landmark environmental justice agreement announced Thursday by the Biden administration."

Source: Washington Post, 05/05/2023

Senators Hopeful They Can Keep Rail Safety Bill On Track After E Palestine

"Three months after the devastating East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment, senators are optimistic they can pass a bipartisan rail safety bill to prevent similar disasters."

Source: The Hill, 05/04/2023

"Biden Administration Proposes Water Quality Standard For Tribes"

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday proposed baseline water quality standards for tribal waters, which the agency said would protect more than 500,000 people who live on reservations."

Source: The Hill, 05/04/2023

"Senators Back Solar Tariffs, Oppose Prairie Bird Safeguards"

"The Senate approved a measure Wednesday that would reinstate tariffs on solar panel imports from several Southeast Asian countries after President Joe Biden paused them in a bid to boost solar installations in the U.S. Lawmakers also approved a separate plan to undo federal protections for the lesser prairie chicken...."

Source: AP, 05/04/2023

"Toxic Vinyl Chloride Is A Widespread Environmental Injustice"

"Vinyl chloride, the cancer-causing chemical released in the February train derailment disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, contaminates many communities in the U.S. due to pollution from plastics manufacturing plants, according to a new report."

Source: EHN, 05/03/2023

"The FCC Is Supposed to Protect the Environment. It Doesn’t."

"The agency is mandated to safeguard the environment from damage caused by communication infrastructure. But when companies want to add new cell phone towers, build on protected land or launch satellites, the agency typically does little or nothing."

Source: ProPublica, 05/03/2023


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