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Appeals Court Reverses Limits on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Article: Appeals Court Reverses Limits on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

RICHMOND, Virginia, February 17, 2009 (ENS) – A federal appeals court Friday reversed a lower court ruling that limited the controversial coal mining practice called mountaintop removal. In mountaintop removal coal operations, the peaks of mountains are blasted away with explosives to expose coal seams and the waste materials are dumped into streams, causing what…

Rapanos Will Pay for Clean Water Act Violations

Article: Rapanos Will Pay for Clean Water Act Violations

DETROIT, Michigan, December 30, 2008 (ENS) – In long-running case that affects the scope of federal jurisdiction over wetlands and other waters, developer John Rapanos and related defendants agreed Monday to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act at three sites in Midland and Bay counties, Michigan. Rapanos has agreed to pay a $150,000 civil…

Bush Administration Covered Up 500+ Blocked Water Pollution Cases

Article: Bush Administration Covered Up 500+ Blocked Water Pollution Cases

WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2008 (ENS) – The results of a Congressional investigation released today detail the collapse of the Clean Water Act enforcement program in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that clouded the question of whether rivers, streams and wetlands remain protected from pollution and development. The report reveals more than 500…

Feds Pump $1 Million More into Tamiami Trail Planning

Article: Feds Pump $1 Million More into Tamiami Trail Planning

WASHINGTON, DC, December 12, 2008 (ENS) – The National Park Service will provide $1 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate the next course of action needed along the Tamiami Trail to restore water flows to Everglades National Park, federal officials announced today. Completed in 1928, the Tamiami (pronounced tamee-amee) Trail is…

Arizona Developer Fined $1M for Altering Santa Cruz River

Article: Arizona Developer Fined $1M for Altering Santa Cruz River

PHOENIX, Arizona, October 13, 2008 (ENS) – An Arizona land developer and a contractor have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the U.S. EPA to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act for bulldozing, filling, and diverting five miles of the Santa Cruz River, a major waterway in…

Texas Starts on the Long Road to Recovery

Article: Texas Starts on the Long Road to Recovery

AUSTIN, Texas, September 16, 2008 (ENS) – President George W. Bush and Texas Governor Rick Perry visited Houston and Galveston today to survey areas devastated by last weekend’s Hurricane Ike. A former Texas governor, Bush flew over Galveston, where the airport is still not functional and many homes and businesses were destroyed when the storm…

EPA Kills Controversial Yazoo Pumps Flood Control Project

Article: EPA Kills Controversial Yazoo Pumps Flood Control Project

WASHINGTON, DC September 3, 2008 (ENS) – The Yazoo Pumps Project, proposed to drain wetlands in the Mississippi Delta for flood control, will not be built. On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its final decision under the Clean Water Act to prohibit construction of the project first proposed by the U.S. Army Corps…

Ohio Permits Clean Coal Plant to Impact Streams, Wetlands

Article: Ohio Permits Clean Coal Plant to Impact Streams, Wetlands

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 31, 2008 (ENS) – The Ohio EPA has issued a water quality certification to Ohio River Clean Fuels, LLC for a proposed coal-to-liquid fuels plant in Columbiana and Jefferson counties. The water quality certification to impact wetlands and streams is the first of three major state environmental permits Ohio River Clean Fuels…

Warming Climate Adds to U.S. Flood Fears

Article: Warming Climate Adds to U.S. Flood Fears

WASHINGTON, DC, July 2, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change will bring an increase in severe storms like the ones responsible for the devastating floods plaguing the U.S. Midwest, experts warned Tuesday. But current government flood forecasts and insurance programs do not consider the effects of global warming, leaving Midwest residents with an incomplete assessment of…

USGS Offers New Emergency Backup for Flood Forecast Data

Article: USGS Offers New Emergency Backup for Flood Forecast Data

WASHINGTON, DC, June 4, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, is better prepared to help protect the public this hurricane season than in the past by ensuring that emergency managers have quick storm-proof access to critical water information. A new downlink backup system located in South Dakota guarantees the availability of streamflow information…

Corps Hears Missouri Flood Concerns, Neutralizes Spring Rise

Article: Corps Hears Missouri Flood Concerns, Neutralizes Spring Rise

OMAHA, Nebraska, March 27, 2008 (ENS) – The Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will adjust releases from five tributary dams in Missouri and Kansas to eliminate the spring pulse, also called the spring rise – the release of millions of gallons of water on the Missouri River below Kansas City. The 48…

Courts Back Release of Water Into Flooded Missouri

Article: Courts Back Release of Water Into Flooded Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 26, 2008 (ENS) – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon did not succeed in his effort to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from releasing millions of gallons of water from a South Dakota dam on the Missouri River in a man-made “spring rise.” The Corps plans to raise water levels…

Eroding Alaska Native Village Sues Energy Companies

Article: Eroding Alaska Native Village Sues Energy Companies

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 26, 2008 (ENS) – The arctic coastal village of Kivalina and a federally recognized tribe, the Alaska Native village of Kivalina, are suing two dozen oil, coal and power companies that they claim have made the climate warmer, causing their land and homes to slide into the Chukchi Sea. Nine oil…

Alcoa Seeks to Dredge Toxic Sediment from Columbia River

Article: Alcoa Seeks to Dredge Toxic Sediment from Columbia River

VANCOUVER, Washington, February 15, 2008 (ENS) – Alcoa submitted its formal request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permission to dredge portions of the Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington starting this fall. The dredging project will remove river sediments contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, toxic byproducts of more than 40 years of industrial…

Alabama, Florida Declare Victory in Water War With Georgia

Article: Alabama, Florida Declare Victory in Water War With Georgia

WASHINGTON, DC, February 5, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today ruled that a secret settlement agreement entered into between Georgia, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Atlanta-area water users is illegal under federal law. The agreement, which was signed in 2003, would have allocated nearly 25 percent of Lake…

EPA Nixes Pumping Mississsippi Wetlands Dry for Agriculture

Article: EPA Nixes Pumping Mississsippi Wetlands Dry for Agriculture

WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to veto a $220 million Army Corps of Engineers flood-control project in the Mississippi Delta known as Yazoo Pump that environmentalists have long opposed for its adverse impact on wildlife and wetlands. The world’s largest hydraulic pumping plant would be used…

Developer Fined for Despoiling Hawaii's Largest Wetland

Article: Developer Fined for Despoiling Hawaii's Largest Wetland

HONOLULU, Hawaii, February 2, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday fined Frank Coluccio Construction Co. and Castle Family LLC a total of $68,000 for filling sensitive wetlands without federal permits. The fill, adjacent to Hamakua Stream near Kailua on the island of Oahu, affected the largest wetland in the Hawaiian islands, the…

Colorado Firm Cut Stream Channel Through City Illegally

Article: Colorado Firm Cut Stream Channel Through City Illegally

DENVER, Colorado, January 20, 2008 (ENS) – Acting without a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit, a contractor excavated a new stream channel on open space property belonging to the City of Lafayette, Colorado without the city’s permission or knowledge. Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Kenneth L. Schell and Twin Peaks Excavating,…

Colorado Water District Ordered to Restore River

Article: Colorado Water District Ordered to Restore River

DENVER, Colorado, December 20, 2007 (ENS) – The Avondale Water and Sanitation District in Pueblo County, Colorado is in big trouble with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for illegally rerouting a river. The federal agency has ordered the Avondale district to restore the segment of the Arkansas River it re-engineered. Avondale is located about 50…