February 9, 2016

New Mexico Sues Colorado and EPA Over Wastewater Spill

While attempting to clean up the abandoned Gold King Mine, the EPA accidentally caused a toxic waste spill on Aug. 5, 2015. The wastewater from the spill entered the Animas River, turning it a noxious shade of yellow-orange from the Colorado spill site downriver to New Mexico. The EPA has since taken responsibility for the […]

Space Law: The Final Legal Frontier

Technological advancements in the last 50 years have led to a ground-breaking area of law, the law of outer space. Companies from various nations around the world are now venturing into space in search of mineral rich asteroids worth in the trillions of dollars. The asteroid Ryugu, made of tons of nickel, iron, cobalt, and […]

January 25, 2016

Legal Opposition Mounts to “Largest United States Action to Date” to Combat Climate Change

On October 23, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) officially published the Clean Power Plan – a Clean Air Act regulation requiring states to create or submit to a federal plan to reduce power plant emissions by 2030. The regulation is intended to decrease power plant emissions nationwide to 32 percent below pre-2005 levels. President […]

EPA’s Clean Power Act Causes Contoversy

The EPA’s Clean Power Act is proving to be controversial amongst a number of states, including Missouri. At the Missouri Electric Coop’s annual meeting, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster explained that although clean energy is an important goal in Missouri, the EPA’s Clean Power Act sets an economically risky compliance schedule that would rob Missouri […]

Missouri Businesses Work Toward “Green Economy”

Missouri businesses across the state have continued to establish foundations in the ‘green economy.’ A new report states that 40,000 people in more than 4,000 organizations across Missouri are now employed in green sector jobs. This includes renewable energy, energy efficiency, advanced transportation, and greenhouse gas emissions management and accounting. Renewable energy companies account for […]

January 21, 2016

Developments in Missouri’s Right to Farm

On August 5, 2014, Missouri voters passed Amendment One to the Missouri Constitution. The right to farm was codified in Missouri’s Bill of Rights, alongside the right to religious freedom (Art. I, § 5); the right to due process of law (Art. I, § 10); and a Missouri favorite: the right to keep and bear […]

BP Oil Spill Settlement

BP and the Justice Department recently agreed to a settlement offer for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The April 2010 oil spill surpassed the Exxon Valdez oil spill as the worst oil spill accident in the history of the United States. The accident killed 11 rig workers and dumped millions of barrels of oil into […]

January 19, 2016

EPA Strengthens Air Quality Standards

On October 1, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (“NAAQS”) for the ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb).[1] This is a downward shift from the previous standard of 75 ppb that the EPA promulgated in 2008. Under Sections 108 and 109 of the Clean Air Act, […]

Trucking Association Takes on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

As of September 23, 2015, an Oregon district court upheld Oregon’s clean fuels program. The clean fuels program works to reduce life-cycle emissions of greenhouse gases from transportation sources by ten percent over the next 10 years. American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a trucking trade association, challenged that the plan was unconstitutional. The trade association […]