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Environmental Articles

Permits

Environmental permits are documents that resemble licenses and are used to regulate activities that are potentially harmful to the environment. Government bodies that issue permits use them to track the types and qualities of pollutants released into the environment and to impose standards on permit holders.

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Special Protections for Agricultural Workers

Fruits and vegetables are top items on many weekly shopping lists. We have been told to wash produce before eating it to protect consumers from mistakenly ingesting pesticides. But what about the people who grow fruits and vegetables, or pick them and ship them? How can they be protected from pesticides? In recognition of this concern, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for the benefit of agricultural workers and other pesticide handlers. The following provides more information about what it being done to protect agricultural workers.

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Environmental Law Case Summaries

[11/21] Association of Irritated Residents v. Kern County Board of Supervisors
Reversing and remanding a suit between irritated residents and those attempting to modify an oil refinery for the rail shipment of crude oil for the correction of errors in the environmental impact report.

[11/15] Washoe Meadows Community v. Department of Parks and Recreation
Affirming a trial court order granting a petition for writ of mandate filed by a community directing the California Department of Parks and Recreation to set aside their approvals of a river restoration and golf course reconfiguration project because the environmental impact report's description of five possible projects did not ensure informed public participation in the decision-making process.

[11/03] Freeman v. US
In a regulatory takings action, arising from an application to mine nickel, chromium, and iron ore from the Siskiyou National Forest, the Court of Federal Claims' dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction is affirmed where: 1) plaintiff's claims are not ripe, because the United States Forest Service has not reached a final decision on its application; and 2) the futility exception does not excuse plaintiff's failure to secure a final decision.

[11/02] Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
In an environmental action, alleging that defendant disperses wood treatment chemicals from its facilities into San Francisco and Humboldt Bays via storm water discharges, the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendant is reversed in part where the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's 'anti-duplication' provision, 42 U.S.C. section 6905(a), does not preclude a citizen suit under 42 U.S.C. sections 6901 et seq. where the Environmental Protection Agency has declined to require permits before allowing such discharges under the Clean Water Act.

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