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Environmental & Energy,

Jun. 20, 2024

Advocates want heat and wildfires designated as disasters. That might not be easy.

The Center for Biological Diversity and 30 other advocacy groups filed a petition on Monday asking FEMA to amend its regulations under the Stafford Act to include extreme heat and wildfires under major disasters.

Environmental advocacy groups are urging Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend disaster relief funding to include extreme heat and wildfire smoke, but some legal experts wonder if those organizations and the government could ever agree on what constitutes these events. 

"The interesting thing is trying to come up with a decent definition of what counts as a heat wave and whether it's the same criteria for every place in the country or measured against what's n...

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