• judicial relief

    Relief in Sight

    An important case out of Colorado’s North Fork Valley (pictured) in High Country Conservation Advocates v. United States, Civil Action No. 13–cv–01723–RBJ {?}  Ever since the Supreme Court’s decisions in Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, 561...
    September 13, 2014 773 0
  • blog

    Segmentation: A Conduit to Conflict

    The pipeline boom has many in the environmental community on alert against a perennial bugbear NEPA veterans know well.  In any infrastructural “system” built and maintained piecemeal, doubts and questions will arise over the measurable or...
    September 10, 2014 2045 0
  • action agencies

    NEPA at Work in the Oil Sands

    The 11 volume Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) the U.S. Dept. of State compiled (or had its contractor compile) in connection with the decision whether to permit construction of the KXL pipeline has done its job.  Or has it?  A...
    September 9, 2014 2904 0
  • CEQ Watch

    Climate Change in NEPA: Dollars and Sense

    An earlier post raised questions about the utility of analyzing greenhouse gas emission differences in the typical NEPA document/routine.  These are hardly new questions.  But we should be clear about two things.  First is the difficulty...
    September 9, 2014 858 0
  • CEQ Watch

    Climate Change in NEPA: When and Why?

    Earlier this month CEQ rejected a petition from three nonprofits that had sought CEQ action on climate change.  In a letter dated Aug. 7, CEQ’s acting chair, Michael Boots, rejected the 2008 petition of the “International...
    September 9, 2014 1351 0
  • NRN

    NRN I: Aagaard on Risk & Disclosure

    In a carefully argued and insightful article in the inaugural edition of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law in 2012, Villanova’s Professor Todd Aagaard argued that NEPA’s approach to risk and risk analysis has been...
    September 8, 2014 695 0
  • inthenews

    The Express to Where?

    Just released is a much-anticipated FEIS from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  It concerns the construction of a 330+ mile interconnection that has been proposed to take electricity from where it is relatively cheap and...
    August 22, 2014 745 0
  • inthenews

    The Wildfire Fix? NEPA’s Role in the Forest (Fire) Service’s Nightmare

    A month-long August recess feels like the right time to reflect on Congress’s seeming inability to correct agency procedures, culture, and leadership priorities on wildfire, public lands, and risk.  The intersection of these three has been roiled...
    August 17, 2014 871 0
  • uncategorized

    NEPA As “Joint Cognitive System”

    Those who try to fit data and automated data systems together with humans—for whom cognition is always a limiting factor—think of these systems of as joint cognitive systems.  One core principle of joint cognitive systems engineering...
    August 10, 2014 1162 0
  • inthenews

    A Nuclear NEPA?

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is in the process of updating its approach to “station blackout” risks at US installations.  These are the risks that stem from the loss of all A/C power on-site, e.g., the loss...
    July 31, 2014 908 0

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