California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 1, 2012

Environmental and Policy Focus

9th Circuit Hears Calls for Feds to Regulate Roundup Ready Crops

CourtHouse News - Oct 25

In back-to-back hearings before the 9th Circuit, farmers and environmental groups decried the deregulation of genetically modified sugar beets and alfalfa. Earthjustice attorney Peter Achitoff says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) should not have granted commercial grower Monsanto permits to plant herbicide-resistant sugar beets that were set to expire in five months. A federal judge concluded that the permits represented a blatant violation of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Green Blog: Toward a Tougher Cap and Trade Program

New York Times - Oct 26

Experts debate whether a cap and trade system for nine Eastern states should tighten its emissions limits and link to California's program.

Cap-and-Trade Failure Aided U.S. to Cut Carbon Emissions

Bloomberg News - Oct 24

According to a Washington environmental 'think tank,' the failure by Congress to pass cap- and-trade legislation in 2010 had an ironic and unanticipated impact: It helped to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Resources for the Future argues that U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions are likely to be lower by 2020 because of regulatory measures and market changes than they would have been under the nationwide cap-and-trade program that was passed in the then Democratically-controlled House of Representatives and backed by the White House, but that thereafter died in the Senate.

Environmental Groups Ask EPA to Require Fracking Disclosure

Bloomberg News - Oct 24

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should force oil and natural-gas producers to disclose the chemicals they release during drilling, hydraulic fracturing, compressing and storage, environmental groups said. The Environmental Integrity Project and 16 other groups in a petition today said the information is necessary to inform local residents about pollutants released into the air, water and land.

Williamson Act cuts threaten ranchland, conservation areas

Western Farm Press - Oct 29

California Agriculture Budget cuts have dramatically reduced funding for the Williamson Act, California's conservation law that provides property tax relief for the owners of 15 million acres of rangeland and farms.

Can California's New Law Start A Small Food Business Revolution?

Co.Exist - Oct 26

Food entrepreneurs in California celebrated the recent passing of California’s Cottage Food Bill (AB1616) last month, which makes it easier for home chefs to sell their homemade goods legally. But experts say that the bill actually lags behind similar bills found in other states--33 others to be exact.

Study Argues Pollution Is as Deadly a Problem as Malaria

The Atlantic Wire - Oct 24

About 125 million people are at risk of getting sick from toxic pollution says the very first World's Worst Pollution Problems study—the first study to track the global health burden that industrial pollutants have on people.

9th Circuit Hears Calls for Feds to Regulate Roundup Ready Crops

CourtHouse News - Oct 25

In back-to-back hearings before the 9th Circuit, farmers and environmental groups decried the deregulation of genetically modified sugar beets and alfalfa. Earthjustice attorney Peter Achitoff says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) should not have granted commercial grower Monsanto permits to plant herbicide-resistant sugar beets that were set to expire in five months. A federal judge concluded that the permits represented a blatant violation of the National Environmental Policy Act.

Sherwin-Williams, PPG Settle FTC Charges

Consumer Affairs News and Alerts - Oct 29

Two of the nation’s leading paint companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled consumers to believe that some of their paints are free of potentially harmful chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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