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Senate Dems press Kempthorne on 'troubling...

April 26, 2007
A group of powerful Senate Democrats sent a stern rebuke to the Interior Department yesterday demanding the agency not move forward on new endangered species regulations until an analysis of potential effects is delivered to Congress. The letter from Environment and Public Works Committee...

Refuges struggle as budgets shrivel, staffing...

April 20, 2007
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge — established over 30 years ago to protect a colony of bald eagles from development sprawling from Washington, D.C. — is now being threatened from within. An invasion of habitat-destroying weeds, reports of prostitution...

House OKs Wild Sky Wilderness designation

April 19, 2007
The House on Tuesday approved legislation to set aside 106,000 acres of low-elevation, old-growth forest in Washington's Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest as wilderness. The Wild Sky Wilderness bill, H.R. 886, would also protect about 25 miles of salmon streams in western Washington. The...

CBM produced water can cause ecological harm, FWS...

April 12, 2007
The large amounts of water extracted along with the gas in coalbed methane operations can boost stream levels and benefit fish and wildlife, but the often contaminated water can also cause significant ecological harm, according to a report soon to be issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.In...

Court's salmon ruling strengthens enviros...

April 10, 2007
An federal appeals court ruling yesterday that forces the Bush administration to rewrite the biological opinion for imperilled salmon and steelhead on the Snake and Columbia rivers figures to fuel environmentalists' arguments that the government must do more than merely avoid extinctions of...

U.N. report predicts water shortages, extinctions...

April 6, 2007
BRUSSELS — Global warming will parch large swaths of the Earth and threaten the existence of up to 30 percent of its animals and plants, a United Nations scientific panel warned in a report released today. About 1 billion people will be affected by water shortages because of declining snow...

Bush bypasses Senate for controversial recess...

April 4, 2007
President Bush appointed a controversial nominee today to the Office of Management and Budget's top regulatory post. Bush's recess appointment of Susan E. Dudley, formerly of the industry-affiliated Mercatus Center at George Mason University, comes after objections from Senate Democrats...

Impact of landmark Supreme Court ruling likely to...

April 3, 2007
The Supreme Court's ruling yesterday forcing U.S. EPA to consider regulating greenhouse gases should quickly ripple down to related legal challenges, a key attorney in the case said today. Lower courts have delayed ruling on several climate lawsuits in anticipation of the court's verdict in...

Judge rejects Bush admin bid to rewrite fish...

April 2, 2007
A federal judge has rejected a Bush administration rule that would made it easier to cut trees under the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan by allowing short-term negative impacts on salmon streams. Judge Ricardo Martinez of the U.S. District Court in Seattle sided with Pacific Coast Federation of...

Supreme Court rules against Duke, affirms EPA on...

April 2, 2007
The Supreme Court unanimously backed federal regulators' efforts today to force the installation of pollution control equipment on aging coal-fired power plants, ruling against Duke Energy in a Clean Air Act appeal. The justices vacated a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that found...
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