Sep 23 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: FWS Makes New Strategy for Saving Turtles and Scientists on Trial in Italy for Failing to Predict Earthquake

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

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Oct 25 2010

Hot Topics This Week

Mountaintop removal mining

The EPA is moving forward with its plans to revoke a mining permit for the largest mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia: Spruce No. 1.

Environmentalists are cautiously rejoicing as the Environmental Protection Agency takes a step toward vetoing a permit for the highly contended Spruce 1 mountaintop removal coal mine, which would be run by Arch Coal.  If it went through, it would be the largest mine of its kind ever stretching 2,278 acres; an economic boon to the county but an environmental disaster according to some.  The permit in question, one required under the Clean Water Act that would allow the mine to use “valley fills” to dump the materials removed during the mining process, was granted in 2007 under the Bush administration, but the EPA is considering whether to veto that permit before the mine can get fully underway.  The concern is that the coal sludge and mountain debris that is produced by the process of mountaintop removal mining would be pushed into the valleys, destroying streams and potentially infecting the water system.  Arch Coal has proposed that they create new streams to replace the ones filled in, but the EPA is concerned that those streams couldn’t replicate the diversity of fish and plants that are currently supported by the natural streams.  With the high amount of biodiversity in the region, this is a real concern.  A final decision is expected by the end of this year. Continue Reading »

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Oct 11 2010

Hot Topics this Week

International Court of Justice

A new report was published by the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) stating that, under the international rule of “no harm,” developing nations under siege from the effects of climate change could potentially bring suit against developed nations.  There are still many questions and issues with this approach, including the potential for political backlash from developed nations like the U.S. who could threaten to withdraw international aid in response to litigation.  However, some say that this is another avenue for developing nations who are frustrated at the lack of progress produced by international conferences such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Continue Reading »

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