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Environmental Consortium Relaunches in Pursuit of Social Justice

The Louisiana Weekly (by Ryan Whirty)
July 22, 2020

As a lifelong resident of St. John the Baptist Parish, Robert Taylor watched as the demographics of his hometown changed once the massive, powerful DuPont chemical company opened a chloroprene production plant in the parish in 1969. As soon as news broke more than a half-century ago that the DuPont plant was in the works, Taylor said, the white residents of St. John gradually picked up their stakes and left, as if they knew something very bad was about to happen. . . .

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US courts accept climate science. Can Trump and McConnell undo that?

The Bulletin (by Dawn Stover)
June 3, 2020

At a meeting tomorrow, the US Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to confirm President Trump’s nomination of 37-year-old Justin Walker to become a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the second-most-powerful court in the land and often a stepping-stone to the Supreme Court. The DC appeals court has made some key rulings on climate cases, and Walker will hold a lifetime appointment to it. Does he believe human activity is contributing to or causing climate change? . . .

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Scrapping Enforcement Tool Doesn’t Sideline Mitigation, DOJ Says

Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report (by Ellen M. Gilmer)
May 27, 2020

A top Justice Department lawyer is defending the agency’s elimination of a popular settlement tool in environmental cases—and offering reassurances that the government will still require polluters to clean up their messes. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Brightbill on Wednesday stressed that a March memo eliminating supplemental environmental projects, or SEPs, in federal enforcement deals doesn’t affect mitigation and other cleanup requirements. . . .

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While No One Was Watching: Changing Environmental Regulations Under the Trump Administration

State of the Planet (by Dale Willman)
May 21, 2020

I know this risks sounding like what my kids call a ‘grandpa story,’ but context is important, particularly when talking about environmental regulation. Most Americans alive today were born after April 20, 1970, so have no personal frame of reference for what the country’s environment looked like before the first Earth Day, but it was not good. . . .

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PUSD’s Wade receives national award

Plumas News (by Debra Moore)
May 13, 2020

Plumas Unified School District’s Outdoor Core and science education coordinator Rob Wade is the recipient of a national award. Wade was acknowledged for promoting awareness in the field of wetlands conservation. . . .

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Climate change unleashes interstate water wars

E&E ClimateWire (by Pamela King)
May 6, 2020

A looming Supreme Court showdown over water flows from the Pecos River may be the first in a rising swell of interstate water battles driven by climate change. The justices had been set to hear Texas v.

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Fellowship honors late Prof. Emerita Rebecca Sharitz

UGA Today (by Beth Gavrilles)
May 5, 2020

Trailblazing ecologist Rebecca R. Sharitz spent almost her entire career at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. A world-renowned expert on wetlands with more than 160 peer-reviewed publications to her credit, she was also revered as a teacher and mentor to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and volunteers. . . .

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‘Scary’ Litigation Anticipated After Supreme Court Water Ruling

Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report (by Ellen M. Gilmer)
April 30, 2020

Environmental law experts said they’re looking to federal courts and agency action to clarify a new water permitting standard the U.S. Supreme Court established last week. But the prospect of repeated litigation over the scope of the Clean Water Act is “pretty scary,” said Hilary Meltzer, chief of the Environmental Law Division of the New York City Law Department. . . .

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Voices of Sustainability (podcast)

April 22, 2020

Earlier this year Mayor John Cooper announced the names of 48 members of the Nashville community to serve on the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.

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New Website Will Help Steer the U.S. Away From Fossil Fuels

State of the Planet
April 15, 2020

A new website, Model Laws for Deep Decarbonization in the United States, was launched on Tuesday to help accelerate a sustainable U.S. transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. It will provide policy makers at the federal, state and local levels with the legal tools needed to transition away from fossil fuels. . . .

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