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Environmental brief ~ CA governor vetoes biomonitoring bill

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's environmental law news, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] vetoed a bill [text] that would have created the first statewide program to track trace amounts of chemical pollutants in human subjects to study the relationship between chemical exposure and health. Schwarzenegger said that the bill would "only provide a partial snapshot of chemicals present in tested participants without proper context of what the presence of [a] specific chemical means or how it interacts with other health factors." The Oakland Tribune has more.

In other environmental law news...

  • South Korea representative Kim Woo-nam announced Monday at a meeting of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries [official website] that the South Korea government had encouraged aquatic farmers to use malachite green to treat crab, shrimp and fish ailments. Malachite green [HHS toxicology report] was found in the 1980s to be a possible carcinogen, and has been banned from use on foods since the early 1990s. Last Thursday, the government stopped shipments from fish farms from across the nation after traces of the chemical were found in freshwater fish from 34 fish farms. The Korea Herald has more.

  • In Canada, Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan [official profile] has announced that he will continue his plan to shut down all coal-fired power plants in the province, even if a government report recommends otherwise, calling those that support coal plants "Neanderthals." The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) [official website] is preparing a report, expected to be released in December, that examines the current and future energy needs for the province and proposes ways to meet those needs. Duncan had proposed the legislation [official backgrounder] that initially created the OPA. Ontario currently receives 17 percent of its energy from coal-fired plants. Canadian Press has more.

  • Florida Governor Jeb Bush [official website] has announced [press release] a $200 million plan to restore Lake Okeechobee [Army CoE backgrounder]. Under the plan, the Army Corps of Engineers [official website] will revise its regulations to reduce water discharges into the lake, the state will promulgate new fertilizer management practices and establish new pollution reduction standards for the lake's tributaries, and a reservoir and stormwater treatment areas will be constructed. AP has more.

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