Author Archives: Laura Patterson Hoffman

Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group Releases Findings

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group released a final report which contained its findings and recommendations focusing on the effectiveness and workability of the ESA.  The Working Group consists of thirteen members of the House of Representatives and was formed in May 2013 to examine numerous questions related to the implementation and effectiveness… Read More »

Texas Takes Over Greenhouse Gas Permitting from EPA

The EPA delegated authority over greenhouse gas permitting to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) after months of negotiations between the two entities.  Texas is the leading greenhouse gas producer in the United States and was the only state in 2010 that refused to meet new federal greenhouse gas emission rules. 

Environmentalist Groups Sue EPA over Kentucky’s Selenium Standard

The Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Kentucky Waterways Alliance have filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Louisville against the Environmental Protection Agency seeking to bar Kentucky from putting a newly approved Selenium standard in place.  The approval of the Selenium standard was discussed in a prior blog entry… Read More »

Public Comment Period on Proposed Listing of Northern Long-Eared Bat Extended

In 2011, the Department of Interior entered into a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians that covered 779 species in 85 lawsuits and legal actions.  The settlement required the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take action on pending petitions for 757 species over a seven year period.  On October 2,… Read More »

EPA Partially Approves Kentucky’s Proposed Water Quality Criteria for Selenium

The EPA has issued a final decision on the revisions to Kentucky’s water quality standards that were proposed as part of the Department of Water’s Triennial Review.  Of particular interest is the EPA’s approval of the chronic water quality criteria for selenium.  The change institutes a two-step process that was originally proposed by the EPA… Read More »