The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to publish a proposed rule that could alter the landscape of future renewable energy development, particularly in the American West, home to much of the country’s prime solar and wind real estate.
What We Are Reading, October 3: Cement Plant Retrofits, Critical Habitat Land Grabs, and Job Losses Under the Clean Air Act
This week has been a week of catching up, so some of this may be old news to you, but maybe you have a tall stack of things you aspire to read someday and you’ll have some sympathy…
Federal Court Agrees: Voluntary Conservation Agreements Sufficient to Keep Lizard Off the Endangered Species List
On September 30, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld (PDF) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) decision to withdraw (PDF) its proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species.
Maul Foster Alongi Provides an Update and Their Perspective On Ecology’s New Remedial Action Grant Rule
The Department of Ecology has finalized new Administrative Rules that set the guidelines for the Remedial Action Grant program.
EPA Proposes to Designate Additional Ohio Counties As Non-Attainment with New Fine Particle Standard
Back on December 14, 2012, EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particle pollution. The standard was strengthened from 15.0 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3) to 12.0 ug/m3.
Nothing “Army Strong” About This: U.S. Army Contaminates Entire Neighborhood, Fails to Protect Endangered Families.
The U.S. Army is showing a disrespect that borders on hostility toward its neighbors who live near the Army’s Fort Gillem base just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Ecology Releases Preliminary Draft Rule Adjusting Washington’s Water Quality Standards to Account for Higher Fish Consumption Rates
As directed by Governor Inslee back in July, the Washington Department of Ecology released a preliminary draft rule that will ultimately lead to the amendment of Washington’s Water Quality Standards for toxics.
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan to Streamline Permitting for 20,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy
On September 23, 2014, the California Energy Commission (“CEC”), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“CDFW”), US Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), and US Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS”) for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (“DRECP”).
The U.S. shale boom has generated a boom in a related industry: “frac sand.” Sand has become an integral component of hydraulic fracturing.