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Nevada transmission line sparks debate over costs of green energy

by E&E News | June 13, 2024
The 470-mile-long Greenlink West transmission line proposed to span the length of Nevada from Las Vegas to Reno will cross the boundaries of a national monument established by Congress a decade ago to protect Ice Age fossils. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, for example, ...

PEER: Biden Administration Failing To Halt Bear Baiting On National Preserves in Alaska

by National Parks Traveler | June 13, 2024
Inaction by the Biden administration on rules that would prevent bear baiting in national preserves in Alaska has reopened litigation over those rules. At issue are rules that would allow hunters on national preservers to use donuts and grease-soaked bread loaves to lure in bears, to kill ...

The Biden Administration Must Act to Stop Alaska’s North Slope ‘Carbon Bomb’

by Common Dreams | June 13, 2024
Recent technology breakthroughs have unlocked the potential production of many billions of barrels of Alaska’s high viscosity heavy oil, a development not yet accounted for in U.S. climate strategy. Federal intervention is needed now to keep this heavy oil carbon bomb in the ground. ...

Medically Important Antibiotics Are Still Being Used to Fatten Up Pigs

by Civil Eats | June 12, 2024
The nonprofit organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is demanding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) retract a memo it released last year that reported the agency found no evidence of PFAS in its tests of commonly used pesticides. EPA initiated ...

Greens petition Interior to shut down trans-Alaska pipeline

by E&E News | June 12, 2024
A coalition of environmental groups petitioned the Interior Department on Wednesday to phase out the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, starting with a climate analysis of the pipeline to assess its contribution to global warming. “A coherent national climate plan must consider the Trans- ...

Why scientists fear a second Trump term, and what they are doing about it

by The Washington Post | June 12, 2024
When the union representing nearly half of Environmental Protection Agency employees approved a new contract with the federal government this month, it included an unusual provision that had nothing to do with pay, benefits or workplace flexibility: protections from political meddling into ...

Environmental groups ask feds to reconsider the trans-Alaska pipeline and plan for its removal

by Alaska Public Media | June 12, 2024
A coalition of environmental groups has filed a legal petition with the federal government to reconsider how the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System contributes to climate change and to begin phasing the 800-mile line out of existence. “The federal government has a lot of both responsibility ...

Wild horses: reintroduced in Kazakhstan, shot Down Under, gathered here

by Animals 24-7 | June 11, 2024
While the wild horse population on Bureau of Land Management has more than tripled since 1971, despite annual removals of as many as 20,000 horses, there are now only half as many cattle and sheep on the range as there were when the Wild Free Roaming Horse & Burro Act of 1971 was ...

BLM advances Nevada power line touted as key to solar growth

by E&E News | June 11, 2024
A proposed power-line project that would span the length of Nevada and allow more than a dozen commercial-scale solar projects from Las Vegas to Reno to deliver green energy across the West, has moved a step closer toward final approval. The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday announced ...

Plastics are a worldwide problem, including in national parks

by Deseret News | June 11, 2024
It was nearly 15 years ago that Grand Canyon National Park banned the use of plastic water bottles, which, at the time, made up a a third of the waste generated by visitors. Soon after, 23 other national parks made the same move. “All told, the 23 plastic-free, bottle-free parks ...

EPA scientists win a round in fight for integrity

by UnSpun | June 11, 2024
The press release that came across my desk last week should have been satire. It announced the news that “political interference with science” will now be considered a no-no at the Environmental Protection Agency. Among concessions granted by the agency, EPA scientists will finally be ...

Court upholds ban on helicopter tours above Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park

by The Hill | June 10, 2024
A federal circuit court has upheld a recent prohibition on helicopter tours over Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Badlands National Park in South Dakota, rejecting motions from aircraft companies to repeal the ban. In January, three aircraft tour companies — Badger Helicopters, Black ...

Hirono proposes bill to create national hub for storing native plant communities

by Maui Now | June 10, 2024
US Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) has introduced legislation that seeks to create a national support hub and storage center for native plants of all US states and territories. The bill is endorsed by Chicago Botanic Garden; Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility; California Native ...

Helicopter tour companies lose early battle in fight against Rushmore and Badlands restrictions

by South Dakota Searchlight | June 10, 2024
New restrictions on air tours at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Badlands National Park will stay in effect while a lawsuit against them proceeds, a federal court has ruled. Noise and other complaints about air tours over National Park Service sites led Congress to adopt the National ...

8th Circuit Court Won’t Stay Parks’ Air Tour Bans For Helicopter Industry

by National Parks Traveler | June 10, 2024
With a one-sentence ruling the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay, pending appeal, commercial air tour bans approved by the National Park Service for Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. The ruling by the 8th Circuit last week ...

Columbia finds ‘forever chemicals’ in fertilizer sludge, continues to apply to crops

by Jefferson City News Tribune | June 8, 2024
For more than 40 years, the city of Columbia has applied tens of thousands of tons of wastewater sludge as fertilizer on farms across mid-Missouri. Now, it turns out its sludge contains “forever chemicals” known to cause cancer and other health problems. Public Employees for ...

EPA enabled widespread contamination of farmland from PFAS in fertilizer, lawsuit alleges

by The New Lede | June 7, 2024
US regulators failed to prevent toxic PFAS in fertilizers from contaminating farmland across the country, alleges a lawsuit filed this week by a watchdog group on behalf of two Texas farm families who suffered health problems after their properties were polluted. The Environmental ...

Residents Want Artificial Turf Field Gone, Demand Answers at BOE Meeting

by Montclair Local | June 7, 2024
“Send it back. Send it back,” residents chanted at Wednesday’s Montclair Board of Education meeting. The “it” they referred to is the artificial turf field currently in temporary storage at Woodman Field. The turf is slated for eventual installation as part of the Woodman Field ...

Farmers sue EPA over ‘forever chemicals’ in fertilizer

by E&E News | June 7, 2024
Five Texas farmers and ranchers are suing EPA over its failure to limit “forever chemicals” in sludge, a problem that they say has killed their animals, jeopardized their health and devalued their land. “EPA is avoiding its long-standing legal responsibility to protect ...

Asked & Answered: PFAS Q&A with Kyla Bennett

by Modern Farmer | June 7, 2024
PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are chemicals that are used commercially for their nonstick or waterproof properties. The problem is that they don’t readily break down and have been associated with harmful health conditions. Today, these chemicals can be found everywhere. ...
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