Category Archives: environmental law

Anadarko pollution map

The Anadarko Petroleum settlement of environmental health claims against its Kerr-McGee subsidiary has rightfully garnered a lot of attention in the last few days:  the biggest environmental cash settlement in Department of Justice history, the $5.15 billion settlement involves clean up … Continue reading

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Update on the commercial chemicals bill

As explored in earlier posts here and here and here, the Chemicals Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate last May to address many shortcomings of the Toxic Substances Chemical Act (TSCA), has been slowly making its … Continue reading

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PCBs, GE, & FOIA

Yesterday’s Albany Times Union published damning information about GE’s PCB contamination of the Hudson River.  The polluted 200-mile stretch from Hudson Falls to the Atlantic Ocean makes it one of the largest Superfund sites, according to the EPA.  PCBs were banned in 1977 and are … Continue reading

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The Disclosure Debates at Vermont Law School: Part One

The Vermont Law Review hosted its 13th Annual Symposium, the Disclosure Debates: The Regulatory Power of an Informed Public. The event addressed disclosure in the context of environmental laws, financial regulation, food and product labeling, and campaign finance. Professor Pat … Continue reading

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Panel Discussion on TSCA Reform

On July 10, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) held a panel discussion on the bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvements Act (CSIA), introduced by Senators Lautenberg (D) and Vitter (R) in May.  The panel included perspectives from Richard Denison, the Senior Scientist … Continue reading

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Tax Carbon for Public Health

I was listening to Vermont Public Radio the other day and heard Thomas Friedman discuss carbon taxes. He is back in the spotlight on this issue because he wrote another op-ed about why the U.S. should adopt this tax. The … Continue reading

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The Role of Government

The Sequester is back in the news. People have to wait longer at airports, and federal agencies are putting off hiring new employees because of budget uncertainty. The Sequester is representative of the way the U.S. federal government approaches so … Continue reading

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U.S. government agreed to clean up its “mess” in Vietnam

On August 9, 2012, the United States initiated a project to “clean  up” herbicides including Agent Orange used in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. A large amount of toxic chemicals were used in Vietnam by the U.S. government to discover … Continue reading

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THE INLAND WATERS RULE: Can Numeric Water Quality Criteria Save Lake Erie?

In the 1960s, pollution in Lake Erie was so extensive that the lake was frequently declared “dead” in the media. In his original 1971 edition of The Lorax, Dr. Seuss referred to the lake’s degraded condition in describing the poor Humming-Fish and their … Continue reading

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The Rehberg Amendment’s $214,775 Price Tag

Black lung is a disease that afflicts coal miners. It is both incurable and irreversible in later stages.  It is caused by inhalation of excessive amounts of coal mine dust.  According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety … Continue reading

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