Environmental brief ~ Senate poised to allow ANWR oil drilling Tom Henry at 4:59 PM ET
[JURIST] Leading Thursday's environmental law news, the US Senate [official website] defeated a budget amendment by a 51-48 vote that would have removed drilling authority for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge(ANWR) [official website]. The budget bill [text] itself is expected to be voted on later this evening. In related news, the Senate also passed an amendment by an 86-13 vote that restricts any oil recovered from ANWR from being exported. AP has more.
In other environmental law news...
Minnesota Department of Commerce [official website] officials announced Wednesday that it is suspending a law that required diesel fuel sold in the state to contain at least two percent soy biodiesel. The suspension follows a discovery that the blended biodiesel fuel [program website] was not meeting state fuel specifications. The suspension is expected to last until next week. Reuters has more.
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