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Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website]. The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably refused to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2015
by W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint [PDF] in the US Supreme Court asking for a … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit [brief, PDF] on Thursday against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] accusing the group of failing to comply with a court order to strengthen storm drain pollution regulation. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) [advocacy websites] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases on Tuesday. In City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court has been asked to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act [text] requires law enforcement to … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Missouri Governor Jay Nixon [official website] on Monday signed legislation that will allow Missouri state officials to develop carbon dioxide pollution standards that are less rigid than those mandated by federal guidelines. The signing of the bill coincided [AP report] with the release of proposed rules by the US … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order list, PDF] a petition for certiorari in an appeal from the US Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit [official website] decision [JURIST report] that California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard [text, PDF] does not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause. The … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Monday released the Clean Power Plan [materials] proposal at the direction of President Barack Obama [official website]. The plan will, for the first time, cut carbon pollution from existing power plants [EPA report] in an effort to protect public health … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] was justified in its decision to defer adopting new air quality standards for pollutants that contribute to acid rain [EPA materials]. The lawsuit was … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] regulations [text] issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] that would limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision may have the effect [Reuters … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard [text, PDF] does not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause. The regulation requires reduction of carbon emissions for fuels. Emissions are measured by a "lifecycle analysis," which includes production … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] acted within its authority to work with six states and Washington, DC, in promulgating the Final Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load for Nitrogen, Phosphorus and … [read more]


Student Commentary
27 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Eric Delio and George Thompson, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2013, analyze Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. and its potential impact...The recent US Supreme Court case, Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday announced that it is referring Sweden and Greece [press releases] to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] for failing to comply with previous judgments regarding environmental issues. The EC found that Greece failed to comply with a 2005 ruling … [read more]


Professional Commentary
20 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Joseph Otis Minott and Jay Duffy of the Clean Air Council argue that rather than being a bridge to a renewable energy future, natural gas may not deliver promised climate benefits...Many have advocated the transition from a coal-based to a natural gas-based energy infrastructure as a crucial … [read more]


Professional Commentary
18 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Aaron Mintzes of EARTHWORKS examines the ways the federal government actually regulates fracking and discusses two case studies in states where industry advocates turn federalism on its head...The 113th Congress, especially the US House of Representatives, will use their oversight responsibilities this term to conduct hearings on … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council [JURIST report] that water flowing through a concrete channel from different points in the river does not create a pollutant under the Clean Water Act … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] regulations on sulfur dioxide emissions that restrict levels to 75 parts per billion over a one-hour period. The lawsuit, brought by North Dakota, Texas and … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] that heat-trapping pollutants such as carbon dioxide are endangering the public health and welfare. The court reviewed four rules: the … [read more]


Student Commentary
12 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Hua Wang, Northwestern University School of Law Class of 2012, writes on the need for policies that combine market incentives with outright prohibitions to achieve enforcement and compliance with international environmental regimes...A regulatory framework allows countries to solve environmental problems that inherently are similar and conducive to … [read more]


Student Commentary
7 Sep 2011

Laura Frano, University of Pittsburgh Law School of Law Class of 2012, is a certified legal intern at the University of Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic. She writes on the growing popularity of natural gas as an energy source and the need to proactively implement international law and policy to regulate … [read more]

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