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Conservation Programs: Fish and Wildlife Service Publishes Three Endangered Species Act Final Rules
On April 5, 2024, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published in the Federal Register three final rules revising regulations for “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.” The first rule, “Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and

Air Quality: SEC Publishes ‘Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors’ Final Rule
On March 28, 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published in the Federal Register a final rule (89 FR 21668) that will require U.S.-listed public companies “to provide certain climate-related information in their registration statements and annual reports.” Also announced by

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Right to Farm: West Virginia Passes Law Prohibiting Interference with ‘Permissible’ Pesticide Use, Expands Agriculture Protections
On February 23, 2024, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice approved legislation SB 171, which amends W. Va. Code §7-1-3 to prohibit county commissions from enacting any law “that

Pesticides/Herbicides: EPA Issues Existing Stocks Order for Three Dicamba Products After Registration Vacatur
On February 14, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an existing stocks order for the dicamba-based herbicides XtendiMax, Enginia, and Tavium following vacatur of the herbicides’ registrations. See ALWR—Feb. 13, 2024, “District Court Issues Order Vacating Three Dicamba Registrations.”