SIP Proposal: Wisconsin (revisions to definition of “chemical process plants” under state PSD program).
FWS proposed to remove island bedstraw and Santa Cruz Island dudleya from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants on the basis of recovery.
FWS determined threatened species status for the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly under the ESA and designated approximately 41,266 acres in six units in the municipalities of Arecibo, Camuy, Ciales, Florida, Isabela, Maricao, Quebradillas, Sabana Grande, San Germán, Utuado, and Yauco as critical habitat.
EPA proposed amendments to the standards of performance for secondary lead smelters that would revise the definitions of blast furnace, reverberatory furnace, and pot furnace to more closely align with the equipment definitions used in the NESHAP for secondary lead smelting; add requirements for periodic performance tests for particulate matter; and incorporate revised monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements, including electronic reporting of performance tests.
Over two dozen U.S. states and municipalities have filed lawsuits against fossil fuel companies, seeking abatement orders and compensation for climate damages based on theories such as public nuisance, negligence, and failure to warn, and alleging these companies knew about the dangers of their products, intentionally concealed those dangers, created doubt about climate science, and undermined public support for climate action.
This Article examines the nature of the threats that climate change poses and will continue to pose for salmon recovery, as well as possible legal responses to combat these threats. It also considers the future prospects of Pacific salmon in a world that will include significant climate change and other threats to preserving and equitably apportioning the salmon resource, whose environmental sensitivity and expansive life cycle will continue to pose substantial challenges for the foreseeable future.
Underregulation is a common and persistent environmental law problem, with recent scholarly focus on individual contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), whose harm is not fully known. But little attention has been given to the general trend of underregulation with respect to these chemicals, or explaining why this systematic underregulation occurs. This Article posits that federal agencies have been unacceptably slow to initiate protective regulations, and even once regulations are promulgated, they leave regulatory gaps that continue to expose populations to harmful effects.
The field of environmental law has seen many changes over the years, with demonstrable legal and policy victories for cleaner air and water. While the face of the environmental movement in its beginnings was predominantly male, women have become more prominent and influential within environmental law and policy over the decades.
EPA Region 9 revised its delegation agreements with the Maricopa County Air Quality Department and Pima County Department of Environmental Quality for implementation of the federal CAA PSD permitting program, authorizing the agencies to continue to conduct PSD review for proposed new and modified major stationary sources, issue initial federal PSD permits, and revise existing federal PSD permits, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable delegation agreement.
FWS reclassified the northern long-eared bat as an endangered specifies under the ESA, and removed its species-specific rule issued under §4(d) of the Act.