Proving a civil rights violation isn’t the only hurdle for the plaintiffs. Government officials also argue that a separate federal statute, the Safe Drinking Water Act, precludes all other causes of action. That law, originally passed in 1974, aims to comprehensively protect the country’s drinking water. … [Read more...] about Who’s to blame for poisoning of Flint’s water?
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TCEQ will host its annual Environmental Trade Fair and Conference at the Austin Convention Center from April 30 to May 1, 2013. A banquet will be held on the evening of May 1 during which the 2013 Texas Excellence Awards will be accepted. Additional information about this event is available on TCEQ’s website. … [Read more...] about Upcoming Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Meetings and Events
The Water and Waste Act of 2016 provisions seek to empower and equip communities to improve drinking water supplies, reduce lead concentrations in drinking water, and conduct water quality testing. It also requires public water systems to notify customers when their water’s lead content exceeds federal levels. The new law includes an authorization for $100 million in Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Capitalization Grants for communities that are under the Stafford Act. Funding was provided for this program in the end of the year Continuing Resolution passed by Congress, along with $20 million for the Water Infrastructure and Finance and Innovation Act program and $50 million for expanded healthcare programs, including the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Healthy Start Program, and money to create a lead exposure registry. … [Read more...] about Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act: A WIIN for Water Infrastructure
INTERNATIONALFigueres, Stern on 2014, 2015 Agreements United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, at an October 21 Chatham House conference in London, said that joint efforts on climate change in 2014 will be the foundation for an international agreement in 2015. Meetings like the Warsaw Conference of Parties in November will pave the way for the 21st conference in Paris in December 2015. Specifically, the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in South Korea in May will be important because it will allow countries to trade best practices. The following day, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern advocated for a flexible framework for the 2015 agreement, saying strict compliance would hurt ambition to fulfill the agreement. … [Read more...] about Energy and Environment Law Update – October 29, 2013
Department of InteriorWestern Solar RoadmapThe Department of Interior published July 24, in partnership with the Department of Energy, the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The final impact statement represents a significant step forward in the permitting of utility-scale solar energy on western public lands, specifically Bureau of Land Management lands. The impact statement serves as a roadmap for solar energy development by establishing 17 Solar Energy Zones, totaling 285,000 acres of public lands, which have access to existing or planned transmission and minimal resource conflicts and incentives for development within those zones. The blueprint also allows for utility-scale solar development on 19 million acres in variance areas lying outside of the identified zones, and excludes 78 million acres from development to protect cultural or natural … [Read more...] about Energy and Environment Update- July 29, 2012