2011 March Environment & Climate News

Issue Date: 
February, 2011
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The March issue of Environment & Climate News leads with a report on Pinellas County, Florida’s recently filed lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over water nutrient runoff restrictions EPA intends to impose.

Also in this issue:

  • A nonprofit conservation group and a Native American cultural group have sued the federal government claiming officials illegally rushed approval of a major solar power project in California’s Mojave Desert.
  • Renewable electricity mandates are causing electricity prices to rise and killing jobs in the states that have enacted them, reports a new study from the Institute for Energy Research.
  • After months of wrangling between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, EPA has approved ADEM’s proposed rules for managing stormwater.
  • Although smart meters make pricing more accurate and could lead to beneficial efficiencies in electricity usage, activists oppose them because of fears about health risks that already have been disproven. Marin County, California has voted to ban the meters.
  • A bipartisan group of 32 House lawmakers is calling on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to forego issuing any new restrictions on hydraulic fracturing in natural gas production until the Environmental Protection Agency completes its analysis of the technique.

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