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Does Scott Pruitt have a solid case for repealing the Clean Water Rule?

The Conversation
July 5, 2017

Pruitt contends that if states want to protect waters more strictly than the federal standard, they can choose to do so. But according to a detailed 50-state survey by the Environmental Law Institute, 36 states “have laws that could restrict the authority of state agencies or localities to regulate waters left unprotected by the federal Clean Water Act.”

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Westport Conservation Director Alicia Mozian receives National Wetlands Award

Minuteman
June 27, 2017

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe announced that Conservation Director Alicia Mozian received the National Wetland Community Leader Award presented by the Environmental Law Institute during ceremonies in Washington D.C. on May 18. Marpe recognized Ms. Mozian’s award during a Conservation Commission’s meeting.

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IBM Achieves Major Climate Protection Goals Four Years Early

North American Clean Energy
June 23, 2017

IBM announced that it achieved two major commitments four years ahead of schedule in its effort to help combat climate change. IBM has worked over many years with partners such as ELI to advance environmental sustainability.

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Town conservation director honored by national charity

mySA
June 23, 2017

In recognition of her crusade to improve water quality and environmental conditions, Town Conservation Director Alicia Mozian received an award from a Washington, D.C.-based charity.The Environmental Law Institute gives the National Wetlands Community Leader Award to someone who has contributed significantly to protecting wetlands or initiated the passage of wetland legislation.

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Town conservation director honored by national charity

Westport News
June 23, 2017

WESTPORT—In recognition of her crusade to improve water quality and environmental conditions, Town Conservation Director Alicia Mozian received an award from the Environmental Law Institute.

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In Flint Water Crisis, Could Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Actually Lead to Prison Time?

ProPublica
June 19, 2017

Prosecutors will try to prove five Michigan officials were responsible for a Legionnaires’ death because they knew about the problem, but failed to warn the public. Similar cases of environmental disasters have not resulted in convictions, but there are reasons Flint could break the mold.

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Streamline Infrastructure Reviews? Been There, Done That

NRDC Expert Blog
June 7, 2017

President Trump bragged about “massively streamlining” the approval process for infrastructure projects such as bridges and roads with the Ohio River as a backdrop as steel company executives, labor leaders and local and federal officials looked on. Mr. President: This is not a new issue, as I know all too well from my work on it over the past 15 years. And there’s a lot of policy on the books for addressing it. Of course, history goes much further back, namely to an elegantly simple set of protections signed into law in 1970 by the Nixon administration.

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The Major Food Waste Problem You Haven’t Heard About

Huffington Post
June 7, 2017

Food waste has gotten a lot of attention lately, and rightly so. In the United States, we trash up to 40 percent of our post-harvest food supply. But there’s another, more insidious form of waste that plagues our food system—and it’s baked right in. We devote more than 100 million acres of U.S. land to growing crops that don’t contribute efficiently to our food system and in some cases pose an outright threat to our health and the environment. Federal agriculture policies have a powerful impact on decisions made at the farm level.

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Ayden native wins coveted wetlands research award

Reflector.com
June 2, 2017

A Pitt County native and East Carolina University graduate now living and teaching in Louisiana became ECU’s second alumnus to receive a prestigious national award for his work in wetlands research. On May 18, Robert Twilley of Ayden was presented the 2017 Science Research Award, one of the five Environmental Law Institute National Wetlands Awards presented at the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C.

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Trump: U.S. Will Exit Paris Climate Accord

Environment News Service
June 2, 2017

President Donald Trump has decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on Climate, signed by 195 nations and formally joined by 147 of them, including the United States. The United States now joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations in the world not supporting the accord, reached in 2015 at the United Nations annual climate summit in Paris.

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