Federal Environmental Enforcement Is Back, While Trump Hotel Violates IL State Laws

Federal Environmental Enforcement Is Back, While Trump Hotel Violates IL State Laws

The Justice Department’s Environmental lawyers last week reversed numerous Trump administration policies, including one that allows companies to do environmental restoration and remediation projects as part of their fines and penalties.  At the same time, a state court in Illinois held the Trump International Hotel in Chicago had violated state environmental laws because it was using river water without a valid permit.

Why This Matters:  Our environmental laws are only effective if there is a credible threat of enforcement to ensure compliance, and when it is clear that no one — even a former-President — is above the law.

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What Can Biden Do On Day 1?  Litigate and Enforce Environmental Laws click button

What Can Biden Do On Day 1? Litigate and Enforce Environmental Laws

The incoming Biden Administration’s Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency can immediately reverse current policies directing lax enforcement of the nation’s pollution laws, which undoubtedly have resulted in decreased compliance by facilities across the country.

Why This Matters:  The likelihood of a divided government has led many legal and climate experts to worry that a Biden administration will be hamstrung on climate change.

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The New Environmental Federalism: States Taking the Lead for Better or Worse

The New Environmental Federalism: States Taking the Lead for Better or Worse

A vacuum at the federal level is leaving lots of room for state governments to lead on environmental issues, but with widely varying impacts. 

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Interview of the Week: Lois Schiffer, the Former Top Environmental Enforcer

Interview of the Week: Lois Schiffer, the Former Top Environmental Enforcer

Lois Schiffer is one of the leading environmental lawyers in the United States, having served as the General Counsel of NOAA during the Obama Administration, and as the Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources at the Justice Department during the Clinton Administration, as well as teaching environmental law at Georgetown Law for 30 […]

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Duct Taped Turtles Turn Up In Luggage – Abandoned by Smugglers

Duct Taped Turtles Turn Up In Luggage – Abandoned by Smugglers

Ironically, just as the world was celebrating World Wildlife Day last weekend, NPR reported that customs officials in the Phillippines on Sunday discovered more than 1500 rare and endangered turtles and tortoises wrapped in duct tape inside four unclaimed pieces of luggage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. 

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EPA’s Low Law Enforcement Puts Communities at Risk

EPA’s Low Law Enforcement Puts Communities at Risk

A new report issued yesterday by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) in conjunction with a Congressional hearing on EPA’s lack of enforcement under President Trump, concludes that communities across the country are being put at risk of exposure to dangerous contaminants.

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