Week in Review

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Resumption of smog litigation, new oil spill investigative report, apple juice safety, and more.

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  • A report from a joint investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and Interior Department (DOI) concluded that “BP, Transocean and Halliburton personnel at critical junctures” could have reduced the chances of the Macondo well explosion that led to the 2010 oil spill.
  • A poll of energy policy experts suggested that the president may postpone further environmental regulations until after the presidential election.
  • The EPA released an environmental justice plan to encourage environmental efforts in low-income communities.
  • In an update to Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that it will need additional funding and more time to implement a study by the Boston Consulting Group that recommends ways the agency could become a more efficient regulator.