Monthly Archives: November 2015

November 16, 2015

Volkswagen’s Environmental Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency, working alongside the Justice Department, seeks to enforce action against Volkswagen. Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, installed software in its vehicles designed to “cheat” emission tests. Investigations have commenced and charges will likely extend beyond mere civil liability to include criminal prosecutions. Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of Volkswagen, resigned and the […]

November 9, 2015

Poll Results Show Missourians Prefer Biologists Decide Wildlife Protections Over Congress

On Sept. 29, the Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice released a statement that a new poll revealed a majority of Missouri registered voters supported current environmental safeguards. In the month of September, 200 Missouri registered voters participated in a poll – conducted through home and cell telephone interviews – directed by Tulchin Research. Results show […]

November 2, 2015

Michigan v. EPA and Cost-Benefit Analysis

The Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA impacts agencies obligation to consider cost in their decisions to regulate or not. All nine justices agree that the Administrative Procedure Act requires agencies to consider cost. Justice Scalia’s majority holds that “[a]gencies have long treated cost as a centrally relevant factor when deciding whether to regulate.” […]