Aug 282015
EPA says judge's WOTUS ruling applies to 13 states

The agency issued a statement in response to U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson’s grant of a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Clean Water Rule: The Clean Water Rule is fundamental to protecting and restoring the nation’s water resources that are vital for our health, environment, and economy. EPA and the Department of the Army […]

Aug 272015

Quick excerpt: “The Rule allows EPA regulation of waters that do not bear any effect on the ‘chemical, physical, and biological integrity’ of any navigable-in-fact water. While the Technical Support Document states that pollutants dumped into a tributary will flow downstream to a navigable water, the breadth of the definition of a tributary set forth […]

Aug 272015

A former EPA employee believed to be living in Australia will be deposed as part of a Federal Advisory Committee Act case involving the Pebble Mine (Pebble Limited Partnership v. EPA, 14-171-HRH, D. Alaska). The former employee, Phillip North, “may be the only person within the EPA capable of shedding meaningful light upon whether or […]

Aug 262015

Earthjustice press release: A federal judge today refused a request by a coalition of California Central Valley agribusiness and irrigators to turn off the water in northern California’s Trinity River. The Trinity is a tributary of the Klamath River, where major salmon runs are currently facing the threat of a major fish kill due to […]

NOAA releases climate science strategy

 Posted by on August 25, 2015
Aug 252015

The National Marine Fisheries Service, also known as NOAA Fisheries, has released its first climate science strategy, which says that “without adequately incorporating climate change, NOAA Fisheries conservation and management efforts are likely to be ineffective, produce negative results, or miss opportunities.” Press release  ||  Full report The strategy “identifies seven key steps to increase […]

Aug 242015

Aug. 24 — The Environmental Protection Agency’s search for communications on its Pebble Mine deliberations complied with the Freedom of Information Act, a federal judge ruled today (Pebble Limited Partnership v. U.S. EPA, 14-199-HRH, D. Alaska). “The court finds that the EPA’s search parameters were adequate and the search has been ongoing,” U.S. District Judge […]

Aug 212015

Full decision below The Ninth Circuit has affirmed a district court opinion concluding that discharges from the Klamath Straits Drain into the Klamath River did not violate the Clean Water Act (ONRC Action v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 12-35831). The case attracted a great deal of interest because of the nature of the legal issue, […]

Aug 192015
Mississippi Phosphates will transfer 320 acres to Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Company in bankruptcy pleads guilty to felony violation. Press release from DOJ follows. DOJ’s link here. ______________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             ENRD WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2015 (202) 514-2007 WWW.JUSTICE.GOV                                                                                    TTY (866) 544-5309 MISSISSIPPI PHOSPHATES CORP. PLEADS GUILTY TO CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATION AND AGREES TO […]

Aug 122015

The Fish and Wildlife Service illegally skirted the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act when it extended issued a rule that would allow wind energy facilities to obtain permits covering the take of bald and golden eagle permits for 30 years, a federal judge ruled Tuesday (Shearwater v. Ashe, 14-2830-LHK, Cal. N.D.). Less than […]