New York sued PepsiCo on Wednesday, arguing that the snack giant's single-use bottles, caps, and wrappers are a large contributor to the pollution of the Buffalo River and have impacted public health, freshwater species, the ecosystem, the public's use and enjoyment of the river, and the aesthetic value of the river and its shoreline.
A federal judge in Alaska has ruled that President Trump does not have the authority to re-open Arctic waters to drilling that the Obama administration closed to drilling in 2016. Judge Sharon L. Gleason explained that while a 1953 law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) permits a president to remove waters from drilling, it does not contain a provision allowing a president to add waters to the list of available drilling sites.
State politicians believe that the chemicals may harm the coral reefs and marine ecosystems in Hawaii, a critical part of the state's economy. However, corporations and doctors have questioned the law's impact on consumer health.