EcoPerspectives Blog

Federal Courts Need to Allow the EPA to Clear the Air

Summary:  Smog kills over 200,000 Americans every year; that means that almost one out of every twelve deaths in the United States is from smog.  The EPA’s cap-and-trade program to control smog in the Central and Eastern United States is lawful and wise, and the Supreme Court should overturn the D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate… Read more »

Tilting at Turbines: Implications of the First Wind Energy Prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Summary:  The Department of Justice recently prosecuted the first ever wind energy firm under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Wildlife advocates hailed the prosecution as a step in the right direction, but the outcome has no substantial effect on protecting migratory bird species. It is clear that if bird advocates wish to see reforms in… Read more »

Elk River Spill Aftermath: Do We Need New Regulations and From Whom?

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Summary:  The Freedom Industries chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia exposed holes in state and federal regulations for chemical storage tanks. A new Senate bill – S. 1961 – seeks to close existing loopholes and provide additional federal oversight where current state laws do not apply. The bill may prevent something like the Elk River… Read more »

First Aid for Agencies: Accountability in USDA’s Wildlife Services Program is a Century Overdue

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Summary:  The Center for Biological Diversity recently filed a rulemaking petition with US Department of Agriculture about the agency’s rogue animal “control” program. The petition exposes and seeks a remedy for the agency’s diseased conduct, which includes numerous federal statute violations and animal cruelty. It also “pads” the Administrative Record, readying the Center to petition… Read more »