The Latest On: The Wild
The following is a statement by Ted Zukoski, Staff Attorney in the Denver office of Earthjustice, on the announcement of a final rule regulating the management of 4.2 million acres of roadless national forest in Colorado. Earthjustice, a non-profit law firm, has worked in federal courts across the country for more than a decade to defend a national roadless rule that provides the gold standard of protection for roadless lands.
Judge Martone of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona today granted our motion to intervene to defend the Department of the Interior’s decision to ban new uranium mining claims for 20 years across 1 million acres of public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon.
The House’s embrace of David McKinley’s (R-WV) amendment and its attachment to the transportation bill is nothing short of a deadly betrayal of public health. This measure ensures that the nation’s dangerous and leaking coal ash ponds and landfills will continue to operate indefinitely without regulation or federal oversight. If it passes the Senate, it may be the most effective protection of Big Coal ever enacted by Congress.