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EPA criminal enforcement suffers from...

May 8, 2013
When a jury last week found a former suburban Chicago water department chief guilty of 11 charges related to mixing contaminated well water into a town's drinking water supply, the verdict represented an important victory for U.S. EPA's criminal enforcement efforts. EPA officials hope the potential...

USFS add bigger, faster planes to wildfire fleet

May 8, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service announced that heading into wildfire season it has selected contractors to provide seven air tankers that fly faster and drop a larger volume of fire retardant than other planes in its firefighting fleet. The agency will spend nearly $160 million over five years for access...

Protections for wolverines draw Western states’...

May 8, 2013
State officials in the Northern Rockies on Monday lined up against a federal proposal to give new protections to the carnivorous wolverine, as climate change threatens to melt the species' snowy mountain strongholds. A pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal would declare the rare, elusive...

Interior proposes rule allowing limited take of...

May 8, 2013
The Interior Department today proposed a limited exemption to Endangered Species Act protections for a small grouse that roams the southern Great Plains, a move aimed at strengthening habitat protections but which drew fire from one conservation group. The proposed special rule would allow take of...

Drought, development drying up Ariz. river, says...

May 8, 2013
One of Arizona's longest free-flowing rivers could dry up within a few decades if development continues to deplete groundwater that sustains the waterway, a report released yesterday by an environmental group warns. The report, which is based on information collected by a volunteer team of flow...

Spread of hydrofracking could strain water...

May 8, 2013
The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing to retrieve once-inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas could put pressure on already-stressed water resources from the suburbs of Fort Worth to western Colorado, according to a new report from a nonprofit group that advises investors about companies’...

Interior releases post-delisting management...

May 6, 2013
The Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draft conservation strategy for grizzly bears in northern Montana, a document designed to demonstrate the species is ready to be removed from the endangered species list. While no final decisions have been made about whether to delist the Northern...

New flower species found in Montana

May 6, 2013
When Pete Lesica and Dave Hanna get their boots on the ground, they like to keep their eyes there, too. Their intense focus on flora paid off in 2009 when the duo found what they thought might be a new species of Indian paintbrush deep in the heart of the Scapegoat Wilderness Area. Lesica contacted...

Interior sends ESA critical-habitat rules to...

May 6, 2013
The Interior Department in the past week sent to the White House for review three rules that could significantly affect the way habitat is protected for threatened and endangered species. One of the rules will determine how the Fish and Wildlife Service decides which lands to set aside as critical...

Interior head promises fracking rule within weeks

May 6, 2013
The Obama administration plans to unveil new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on public lands within the next few weeks, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a teleconference with reporters. The drilling rule will impose stricter standards on oil and natural gas...
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