a. There is pollution in major bodies of water in Iowa due to runoff from farms. This runoff makes its way through rivers and streams to eventually reach the Gulf of Mexico. Runoff is a major issue in Buena Vista, a county in Iowa, because it’s water has been so badly polluted. Raccoon River was so badly polluted that the Des Moines Water Works filed a federal lawsuit against them. Buena Vista county decided to hire multiple law groups to handle the lawsuit. This came with the question as to who was funding these law groups as they were being paid by a group of donators. Eventually the county had to clean the Raccoon River and the question was posed of how to limit the amount of nitrogen pollution caused by the runoff from Raccoon River. It was estimated to cost $16 billion to clean the river which wasn’t economically logical.
b. There is a large account that is funded by the Farm Bureau and many commodity groups which pays lawyers from the Crowell and Morning Law group as well as a group of lawyers in Washington, D.C. to keep Iowa from being potentially billed $100 million dollars in damages due to violation of the Clean Water Act. Art Collen, the author of the article, attempted the best he could to get to the bottom of who was funding the Farm Bureau. However, he couldn’t get information from anyone as to who was funding it. This information should be available to the public and is illegal to hide. Still the information was being withheld from him. Collen assumes that
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Also mentioned in this complaint, PVID states, “The suit details how MWD violated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) laws by executing six farmland parcel leases, without an Environmental Impact Report, that include draconian water-use restrictions. MWD demanded the restrictions in an attempt to divert excess Colorado River water to Southern California’s urban areas.”
Question 2: Although land ownership is an individual right, what takes place on that land is still a concern for governing agencies. In this case, the impact to ecosystems covers an area greater than just the area owned by one individual or firm. Controlling the impacts of the landowners operation mitigates the impact to other landowners in the area. Owning land still requires a reasonable person to behave in a manner consistent with the law of the land. In this analysis, a gentlemen named Hurwitz backed Maxxam Inc. to purchase Pacific Lumber. Hungry for profits, he altered Pacific Lumber’s focus to the short term profitability of the firm, instead of long term sustainment of the business. Poor business practices put Maxxam Inc. in a position requiring a fixed amount of income to pay loan interest and fees. Hurwitz never assessed whether or not he could sustain payment with current operations and was forced to increase operations to make profitability still viable. (The Terrestrial Environment, 1998)
Large businesses often can maneuver their way through the system very well due to the extremely large amounts of money then have. These companies have been known to use harmful production techniques that destroy our national resources and in some cases our own citizens and are not legally implicated. In the case of “Madison v. Ducktown, Sulphur, Copper & Iron Co.”, a large mining company had been damaging the air quality, destroy the local environment, and made several properties unlivable through the system of their mining.
This case study highlights that the Nevada Four were spiritually and had long term personal connections to do something good for the Wetlands. Upon being neglecting, these four bureaucrats took action and got involved with going behind their superior back to see fit to their beliefs and passion for the Wetlands. The Wetlands future was in the hands of the Department of Interior, in which the Nevada four felt wasn’t making any progression and decided to take action and attack from the outside. These four guerilla were natural scientists, who became experts in public relations. The Nevada four seen an opportunity to publicize their concern and get their agenda on the table when 7.5 million tui chub fish were found DEAD. Their mentioned that the cause of death was unknown and there could be a possibility that the Bureau of Reclamation could have something to do with this crisis. The “decisive trigger” was the angle the Nevada Four was looking to take, they understood that things had to get bad or at least seem bad, before anyone would do anything. They were denied once again for funding, so they took action and contacted owner of the inactive water to donate their water rights. This change the game, and was considered thinking outside the box, which their felt the Department of Interior would have never approved. The Nevada Four looked to give credit for success to other, because they were dedicated to a goal, and not to personal aggrandizement.
Art Cullen, 59, is co-owner of The Storm Lake Times and received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing that challenged big corporate agriculture businesses in a small town in Iowa. In “Wrong Assumptions”, Art Cullen claims that Gov. Terry Branstad $4.7 billion plan to promote water quality in Iowa is totally unnecessary and also believes that skimming sales taxes from school is just the government wasting valuable money that could be used for somewhere else. Cullen supports his claim that Gov. Terry Branstad plan isn’t the best option by explaining that the actually plan would actually cost “more like 15 billion when you factor in federal and private cost-shares - to clean up our nitrate problem” (Cullen). He also explain a idea in
In Chapter 4 we discussed environmental ethics, a moral code of right or wrong, by arguing that humans have a responsibility to care for our environment. President Trumps administration are able to seek ethics waivers when dealing with issues that could raise a conflict between their political and business career. Samantha Dravis, chairwoman of the deregulation team at the E.P.A., also worked with the Republican Attorneys General Association, and president of the Rule of Law Defense Fund. The Republican Attorneys General Association has been linked to donations from companies such as, the American Petroleum Institute and ConocoPhillips. Dravis has been linked to receiving funds from Freedom Partners, recently it was uncovered that they lobbied for eliminations
When a person is asked what water is, the first things that they say are; water is drinkable, used for showers, simple, washing, etc.. But people don’t really know how complex and important water is for our kind. Water is one of the most precious things we humans have, but we don’t realize it and we damage it without caring for the consequences. Water and water pollution are two things that we should all have in mind. Even though we see water as just a liquid, but there’s more to it than its form or state.
However, the Federal judge overseeing the suit dismissed the lawsuit on grounds that agricultural drainage districts are immune from lawsuits!
Frank, manager of corporate reporting at Amalgamated Forest Products, has threatened to go public with information regarding a falsified report on the effect of effluent controls on the discharge of wastewater from pulp and paper companies, which has angered his boss, Jim McIntosh and the company’s president, Jim Letourneau. Letourneau was to testify before a legislative subcommittee the following week and use the report, “Endangered Species: The Pulp and Paper Industry in the Upper Peninsula”, to give the industry’s perspective on proposed legislation. The section of the report which contained the falsified financial information was prepared by Tina
Clean and abundant water provides the groundwork for flourishing communities. Still, as a nation we are heading towards a national water crisis. Ocean and marine dumping, leaking chemicals, dredging, and run-off all participate in the depletion in quality water in the United States and little to nothing is being done to stop it. Our country is struggling with keeping an abundance of clean water to support its life, yet its life needs uncontaminated water to survive. There are many easy solutions to jolt a foundation in attacking this problem, but the lethargy of American’s are stopping them.
Within the Gilbane Gold case, the major problem is the contribution of water pollution by dumping chemicals to speed production for Z CORP. However, there is doubt as to what extent the company violated city regulations. Tom Richards believes that Z-CORP broke regulations repeatedly but Professor Massin believes that it is not solid evidence. Part of the problem is that two different tests are involved: an older and a less sensitive test which does not break regulations but there is also the newer and more sensitive one which does. The newer test was said that the company just broke city regulations, but not by a large amount.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that as of 2017, the world has gone downhill. We have polluted our clean water. Our fresh air is no longer fresh due to abusing the amount of fossil fuels we had and the ability and opportunity to use them during our everyday life. Additionally, we have decreased certain animal populations alarmingly and they are important resources. This letter was sent to you so that your future choices will benefit the world and future generations.
Air and water pollution are two of the biggest problems the environment faces today. It is one of the leading causes of death. Air and water pollution has been affecting the environment for several years causing many diseases among people especially children. Air and water pollution not only affects the nation, but it is a worldwide problem. Specifically between Australia and Tanzania and examine the difference between early childhood growth in the two countries. And throughout the paper, I will comparing and contrasting the varying aspects of clean water, polluted air for each country and their accessibility to clean water. There are harmful effects that can occur when water is contaminated. Particularly, how it affects children when they don't have access to primary essentials, something as simple as clean water and unpolluted air. and how each country and their environment and living conditions might threaten a child's life.
During a White House briefing an official explained that the administration is “…urging the EPA for focus on what the administration believes is its core mission: Clean air and clean water” (Merica). While claiming that clean air and water are the administrations main priorities, the official also remarked, “I think the President has been very clear that he is not going to pursue climate change policies that put the US economy at risk” (Merica). These two administrative policies seem to cross one another in a matter that supposes that, clean air and water policies come in a form that the new administration sees as effective and as a non-threat to the U.S. economy. This shows in the actions of president Trump who has proposed withdrawing