Peter Murrey and the CLC recently submitted comments on behalf of the Hoosier Environmental Council encouraging stricter oversight of bankrupt coal companies. We urged the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) to develop regulations requiring insolvent and nearly insolvent corporations to post bonds covering clean-up costs, instead of merely making promises they may never fulfill.
The Indiana Supreme Court has granted CLC's request for leave to file a friend of the court brief on behalf of the Hoosier Environmental Council. The State's authority to regulate or prohibit "high fence" deer shooting operations is at stake because the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that the State Department of Natural Resources has no authority in the matter.
Indiana's Hoosier Environmental Council has asked for CLC's help in advancing their interests in an upcoming rulemaking that will change the way Confined Animal Feeding Operations -- or factory farms -- are regulated. CLC attorneys and Clinic interns will participate in this administrative law process to ensure that the new CAFO regulations adequately protect streams and lakes from pollution.