The Supreme Court of Ohio helped clear the way for the United States’ first freshwater offshore wind farm last week, upholding a decision that would allow a 20.7-megawatt wind farm to be built on Lake Erie. The project would consist of six wind turbines placed over a four-acre area of water just a few miles north of Cleveland, Ohio.
A federal appeals court ruled last week that two climate lawsuits should be heard in state courts, rather than federal ones. Defendants from the fossil fuel industry “may prefer federal court,” Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote in the court’s opinion, “but they may not remove their cases to federal court unless federal laws let them. Here, they do not.”
The EPA unveiled a proposal last week to bolster chemical safety requirements, restoring and strengthening a suite of regulations that were stripped away by the Trump administration. In the event of a spill or other disaster, it would require third-party audits and “root cause” analyses to figure out what went wrong.