The nation's leading conservation groups warned today that damaging congressional attacks on the environment are expected to proliferate this summer as Congress rushes to adjourn before the November elections.
The groups expect that most anti-environmental riders will be added to "must pass" appropriations bills that Congress has to enact in order to avoid a government shutdown.
In a major victory for rare native fish, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reassess its plan for groundwater cleanup and endangered species protection at the Atlas uranium tailings dump in Moab.
A coalition of environmental groups, commercial and sport fishermen filed suit today in California Superior Court to force the State Water Resources Control Board to implement protective measures for chinook salmon required under federal and state law. Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund is asking the State Water Resources Control Board to rewrite a March 15, 2000, decision allocating water rights along the San Joaquin River.
Earthjustice Legal Defense intervened today against Boise Cascade's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Forest Service's roadless area protection initiative. The action was taken on behalf of American Lands Alliance, Idaho Conservation League, Oregon Natural Resources Council, Pacific Rivers Council, Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society.
The Sierra Club and Asia Pacific Environmental Exchange today threatened a lawsuit over the off-loading of a shipment of toxic waste used by U.S. military bases in Japan. The off-loading violates U.S. law and could give rise to over $750,000 in penalties.