Natural Resources

Fall 2011 Natural Resources Law Class at UB

Local Concerns Regarding Wind Turbines December 1, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — adamlync @ 1:51 am

Hey everyone,

When we were discussing the pros and cons of wind turbines in class earlier today, an article that I had read a few years ago came to mind.

First, a bit of background information.  Within the past few years, there has been a rapid increase in the prevalence of wind turbines in the area.  This is especially true in the counties east of Erie.  At the time of the “2009 wind turbine boom,” a local news paper interviewed a work acquaintance of mine who lived near one of the newly constructed turbines.  The article was titled “Wind casts a shadow – and yes, it flickers.”  As you can probably imagine, the article (or I should say, my friend and his wife) took a relatively negative stance towards the wind turbines.  And after reading the article, this is understandably so.

The article generally details the effects of living near a wind turbine.  Basically, they’re loud, they cause a “flickering” effect on direct sunlight, and (apparently) kill a bunch of birds.  However for the majority of people, the wind turbines provide a clean source of renewable energy…..and they’re pretty cool to look at.

Given the vast benefits of a clean source of renewable energy, the negative impacts on a few seem reasonably justifiable.  But, I don’t live near a wind turbine, nor have I spent an evening at my friends house.  Then again, you can’t make an omelet without crackin’ a few eggs.

Here’s a link to the article.

(Just in case the link doesn’t work: http://thedailynewsonline.com/news/article_1d114e5c-7765-530a-b7f3-02fcadedf67a.html)

 

EPA’s Plan for Environmental Justice September 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — adamlync @ 2:53 am

Hey there environmental enthusiasts!

Since we’re taking a look at admin law, I decided to take a look at what the EPA has in place to enforce regulations.  Attached is a link that details a proposed plan by the The Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) to help enforce environmental rules and regulations.  The link contains a “reader’s digest” version of the plan (“Plan EJ 2014 At a Glance”) that I would highly recommend reading first before getting into the nitty-gritty details.

Link:  http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/plan-ej/index.html