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US update

Published by MAC on 2007-04-07

US update

7th April 2007

Is the tide finally turning against the Bush regime and its apparently implacable war on "environmentalism" in favour of extractive industries and those who burn their fuels?

In a decision on April 2nd, the Supreme Court opened the way to the Environmental Protection Authority being compelled to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

And, in another precedent-setting ruling, the Court told Duke Energy that it cannot modernise its power plants without also reducing air pollution.

Unfortunately, another utility has been permitted by Virginia state regulators to pump chloride-contaminated mine waters into a river running with endangered species of fish. So far there doesn't appear to be a court challenge to this proposal, although it has been roundly condemmed by a scientific researcher.

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