Exportation of Spent Batteries Harms Mexicans

Recent EPA standards regulating the recycling of lead may be good for the United States, but they can be deadly for Mexico.[1]  These standards make the recycling of lead batteries more costly and burdensome, but do not restrict the export of the waste.[2]  As a result, companies are shipping their spent lead batteries to Mexico,… Continue reading Exportation of Spent Batteries Harms Mexicans

Current Frameworks for Addressing EDCs: Litigation and the Toxic Substances Control Act

There are currently two main ways to address harm resulting from human exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): litigation and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Neither is a satisfactory solution. A. Problems of Litigation There are numerous theories on which plaintiff’s might pursue redress after exposure to EDCs results in harm, however these are not… Continue reading Current Frameworks for Addressing EDCs: Litigation and the Toxic Substances Control Act

On the Horizon for Coal-Fired Plants

Over twenty years since the Clean Air Act Amendments were passed, coal-fired power plants have a target on their collective forehead, but remain under-regulated in many respects. The lengthy process of rulemaking along with heavy legal pushback from various States and industry has made achieving the goals of the Clean Air Act (CAA) difficult. Now,… Continue reading On the Horizon for Coal-Fired Plants

For Gas Companies, Time to Face the Music

There comes a point during a trial when a good defense attorney knows when to cut her losses and change her argument from “The defendant doesn’t own a dog” to “The defendant owns a dog, but the dog doesn’t bite.”  The natural-gas industry is now reaching such a point with respect to the dangers of… Continue reading For Gas Companies, Time to Face the Music

Brighter Lights May Lead to Dimmer Futures: The Hidden Dangers of Eco-Friendly Alternatives

The National Mall has recently received another makeover.  On the tails of Congressional legislation banning the manufacture of traditional 100-watt incandescent bulbs and similar measures pending in the future,[1] LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) have been installed in all the lanterns lining the walkways, replacing the old lighting.[2]  While the lights are brighter, more efficient, and… Continue reading Brighter Lights May Lead to Dimmer Futures: The Hidden Dangers of Eco-Friendly Alternatives

An Update on Self Regulation in the Oil Drilling Industry

Less than two years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout, President Obama has called for his Administration to open “more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources,” while cautioning that he would make sure oil companies could contain such a disastrous spill.[1] But the final report from the President’s Oil Spill Commission… Continue reading An Update on Self Regulation in the Oil Drilling Industry

Pitting Energy vs. the Environment: Environment Gets Rare Victory

On January 9, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the federal government is placing a twenty-year moratorium on uranium mining on over one million acres of federal land surrounding the Grand Canyon.[1]  The ban will not affect the 3,200 mining claims already in existence on the withdrawn area, applying only to new… Continue reading Pitting Energy vs. the Environment: Environment Gets Rare Victory

Impending Carbon Prices May Effect Policies on Residential Solar and Wind

This month, the EPA reported that power plants emitted 2.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2010, accounting for 72.3 percent of greenhouse gas emissions of major industrial facilities or suppliers of fossil fuel and industrial gasses.[1]  This information, although not unexpected, is troubling for those anticipating an EPA rulemaking on carbon emissions… Continue reading Impending Carbon Prices May Effect Policies on Residential Solar and Wind

Introducing the EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Database

On Wednesday, the EPA unveiled its new Greenhouse Gas Emissions Database, a searchable database that tracks the emissions of larger GHG emitting facilities throughout the country.[1]  The database includes information on 6,700 of the heaviest polluters, accounting for 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and is based on data from 2010.… Continue reading Introducing the EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Database

Balancing Preservation, Conservation, Industry, and Recreation

“Man is born to die. His works are short lived. Buildings crumble, monuments decay, wealth vanishes, but Katahdin in all its glory forever shall remain the Mountain of the People of Maine.” Percival Baxter, Governor of Maine, 1921-1925[1]   Located directly in the middle of northern Maine, Baxter State Park is made up of over… Continue reading Balancing Preservation, Conservation, Industry, and Recreation