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FERC Regulations

FERC Regulations

FERC What is FERC? We are talking about government in this post, so FERC is an acronym for a federal government entity known as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”). This entity was formed in 1977 to protect the interests of public and energy customers in the United States. FERC is an independent agency and falls under the…

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Environmental Pollution Laws: The Clean Water Act

Environmental Pollution Laws: The Clean Water Act

The federal Clean Water Act (CWA) was first codified in 1948 and later expanded in 1972. While environmental pollution laws cover the breadth of the country’s natural resources, the CWA specifically created a statutory regime to regulate discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States. The other main purpose of this statute is to employ water quality standards…

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Rhode Island’s State Environmental Laws on Air Quality

Rhode Island’s State Environmental Laws on Air Quality

Rhode Island is home to a variety of natural resources. The state environmental laws in Rhode Island are available online at: State of Rhode Island General Laws. These laws cover many interest areas. One of these interest areas is the air we breathe every day. The public policy here is to preserve, protect and improve our air resources, codified at…

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State Freshwater Wetlands Rules: Seeks Public Input

State Freshwater Wetlands Rules: Seeks Public Input

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the RI Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) have developed revised freshwater wetlands rules needed to implement the findings and recommendations of a legislative task force that examined the adequacy of freshwater wetlands protection in R.I. The state Freshwater Wetlands law was previously amended to achieve two important goals: strengthen wetlands protection…

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What is Environmental Law and Policy?

What is Environmental Law and Policy?

Looking into the query of what is environmental law and policy, one must start with a definition: these laws and policies are measures implemented and enforced with the goals of: Protecting and/or preserving natural resources; Regulating human activities that may negatively impact natural resources, and; Management of natural resources. The measures are most often undertake by a government entity, but…

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