The Lake Erie Bill of Rights, a citizen-passed measure that declares the lake and its watershed “possess the right to exist, flourish, and naturally evolve,” is constitutional, the city of Toledo contends in a brief filed in federal court last week.
The Interior and Commerce departments have announced changes to the Endangered Species Act that were cheered by farmers and ranchers but harshly criticized by environmentalists, who vowed to challenge them in court.
Six states, including California and New York, have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its decision to allow continued use of chlorpyrifos, alleging the agency did not adequately ensure infants and children are protected.
The Agriculture Department has the legal authority to move the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture to Kansas City, but USDA may not have the authority to spend money on the relocation, USDA's inspector general says.
A collection of consumer, health and other groups is urging the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to use external reviews and reports developed by outside entities as it develops its latest version of nutrition recommendations for Americans.
A California state court judge has significantly reduced damages awarded to a couple whose non-Hodgkin lymphoma was blamed on Roundup exposure, cutting their overall award from more than $2 billion to $86.7 million.