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Finding that Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Cause or Contribute to Air Pollution that May Reasonably be Anticipated to Endanger Public Health and Welfare

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

https://www3.epa.gov/otaq/documents/aviation/aircraft-ghg-fr-2016-07-25.pdf

Text of the final rule which finds that elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere endanger public health and welfare and that emissions from certain classes of aircraft engines are contributing to the pollution.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA Determines that Aircraft Emissions Contribute to Climate Change Endangering Public Health and the Environment

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-determines-aircraft-emissions-contribute-climate-change-endangering-public-health

Press release explaining the EPA determination that emissions from large commercial jets contribute to GHG pollution and climate change.  The next step will be to develop aircraft engine emission standards.  From the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Marc Veasey et al v. Greg Abbott et al; United States et al v. State of Texas et al.

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-41127-CV3.pdf

9-6 decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Texas law which requires a voter to show a particular kind of photo ID discriminates against minorities and the poor.  The case was sent back to the district court to find a way to accommodate those who are registered to vote but lack a photo ID.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

 

Assessment of Labour Provisions in Trade and Investment Arrangements: Executive Summary

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—inst/documents/publication/wcms_498952.pdf

Provides a 12 page summary of the document which examines the scope and effectiveness of labor provisions in international trade agreements concluded in the past five years.  From the International Labour Organization

 

Assessment of Labour Provisions in Trade and Investment Arrangements

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Treaties,Uncategorized

http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—inst/documents/publication/wcms_498944.pdf

Examines the scope and effectiveness of labor provisions in international trade agreements concluded in the past five years.  Finds that trade agreements have strengthened workers’ rights but challenges remain especially with regard to sustaining the gains made. From the International Labour Organization

 

Draft Technical Assessment Report: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/rulemaking/pdf/cafe/Draft-TAR-Final.pdf

1200+ page report on progress made toward achieving corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) and greenhouse gas emission standards established in 2012 legislation for cars and light trucks by 2025.  Provides first technical assessment of technologies available to meet these standards and differing compliance pathways.  Also includes a 13 page summary of the major points.  From the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation … Issue Draft Technical Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Cars and Light Trucks

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-CAFE-draft-TAR-07182016

Press release explaining the process of trying to upgrade fuel economy and emissions standards to reach a goal of 54.5 miles per gallon for the overall average for cars and light trucks by 2025.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Waste Management

https://www3.epa.gov/ttn/atw/landfill/landfills-nsps-2060-am08-final-signature.pdf

Text of final rules designed to reduce emissions of methane gas from municipal solid waste landfills.  The agency expects the rules to reduce methane emissions by 334,000 tons per year beginning in 2025.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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