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Archive: May 2021 Blog Posts

  • Court Finds for USDA in Dispute Over Organic Certification of Hydroponic Produce
  • May 26th, 2021 — by Sierre Anton — Category: Miscellaneous

  • In March, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled against the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in their effort to restrict organic certification of hydroponic produce. Hydroponics refers to a form of crop production that involves growing plants in water or a nutrient solution instead of soil, and it has become one of the fastest growing markets of agriculture in the U.S. thanks in part to a reputation for requiring less space and resources than traditional methods.

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  • Texas and Alaska Join Florida Lawsuit Against the CDC
  • May 24th, 2021 — by Betsy Lee Montague — Category: Admiralty COVID-19

  • In early April 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeking to enjoin the federal government from enforcing the CDC’s operating restrictions on cruise ships, specifically for the purpose of accelerating the cruise industry’s domestic reopening.

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  • NMFS Designates Critical Habitat Areas for Humpback Whales in Pacific
  • May 21st, 2021 — by Zachary Klein — Category: Endangered Species

  • On April 21, 2021, the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS)—a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—published a final rule in the Federal Register that designates critical habitat areas for humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Grasping at Water: In Guam v. U.S., Supreme Court Grapples with Meaning in the Absence of Language
  • May 13th, 2021 — by Caroline Heavey — Category: CWA Environmental Law

  • On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Guam v. United States, No. 20-382. Guam is appealing a ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the territory is time-barred from seeking reimbursement from the U.S. Navy for the cost of cleaning up the Ordot Landfill.

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