Laws & Regulations

September 10, 2013

The Supreme Court Revisits Chevron Deference to Agencies

This Environmental Law Institute seminar in Washington, DC (and via teleconference) will offer practitioners the most current information on the way courts view federal agencies’ decisions.

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"Appeals Court Blocks Attempt by Vermont to Close a Nuclear Plant"

"WASHINGTON -- States cannot shut down nuclear plants over safety worries, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on Wednesday, upholding a lower court’s decision that allowed the Vermont Yankee plant to keep running despite a seven-year effort by the Vermont Legislature to close it."

Source: NY Times, 08/16/2013

Chemical Safety: Right-To-Know? No — Not Exactly

The system for informing Americans about the threats to their health and safety posed by chemical plants is seriously broken, a Reuters investigation revealed August 10, 2013. Facilities often misidentify chemicals or their location, or fail to report the existence of the substances. But there are tools to help reporters.

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"BP Sues US Government Over Suspension From New Federal Contracts"

"British oil giant BP sued the U.S. government on Monday over its decision to bar the company from new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services following the company’s agreement to plead guilty to manslaughter and obstruction charges in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster."

Source: FuelFix, 08/14/2013

"Interpol Targets Criminals Who Subvert Carbon Markets"

"LYON, France -- Securities fraud, insider trading, embezzlement, money laundering and cybercrime – the intangible nature of the global carbon trading markets puts them at risk for exploitation by criminal networks, according to a new law enforcement guide produced by Interpol."

Source: ENS, 08/13/2013

"Industry Influence Found in Food Additive Reports"

"NEW YORK -- All of the notices U.S. regulators received to vouch for the safety of common food additives between 1997 and 2012 were submitted by people who had a vested interest in the outcome of those assessments, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Wednesday."

Source: Reuters, 08/08/2013

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