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Navy Wins, Whales Lose U.S. Supreme Court Sonar Case

Article: Navy Wins, Whales Lose U.S. Supreme Court Sonar Case

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court today lifted restrictions on the Navy’s use of sonar off the coast of California, handing a defeat to environmentalists who say the limits are needed to protect whales and dolphins. The court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that a lower court judge had wrongly…

Forest Service Bid to Lift Wildlife Protections Met With Lawsuit

Article: Forest Service Bid to Lift Wildlife Protections Met With Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 11, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of 14 conservation groups filed suit today in federal court to block the U.S. Forest Service from implementing a new rule that would remove protections for fish, wildlife, and other resources throughout the 192-million acre National Forest System. Issued earlier this month, the rule represents…

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon

Article: Lawsuit Seeks to Block Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona, March 13, 2008 (ENS) – One of the great natural wonders of the world – the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River – is threatened by uranium exploration.Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the approval of up to 39 new uranium drilling sites within a few miles of Grand Canyon National…

Forest Service Drops Plan to Pull Employees Out of Forests

Article: Forest Service Drops Plan to Pull Employees Out of Forests

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Forest Service has abandoned a restructuring of its environmental planning that would have pulled its biologists and other specialists out of national forests, according to an internal agency memo released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. Under the plan, thousands of employees posted to…

Court Orders Cell Tower Safeguards for Birds Along Gulf Coast

Article: Court Orders Cell Tower Safeguards for Birds Along Gulf Coast

WASHINGTON, DC, February 19, 2008 (ENS) – A federal appeals court today ordered the Federal Communications Commission to establish safeguards to protect the millions of birds killed each year in collisions with telephone, radio, cellular and other communications towers in the Gulf Coast region. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that at least five…

Federal Judge Overturns Bush Sonar Waiver

Article: Federal Judge Overturns Bush Sonar Waiver

LOS ANGELES, California, February 4, 2008 (ENS) – A federal court today struck down a waiver issued by the White House that would exempt the U.S. Navy from complying with environmental law during sonar training exercises off southern California. In nullifying the waiver, U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper reaffirmed an injunction issued early in…

Bush Exempts Navy From Court Order Protecting Whales

Article: Bush Exempts Navy From Court Order Protecting Whales

WASHINGTON, DC, January 16, 2008 (ENS) – In an unprecedented action, President George W. Bush Tuesday overrode a federal court order that requires the U.S. Navy to minimize harm to whales and dolphins during sonar exercises off Southern California. Scientists say the loud blasts of sound emitted by Navy sonar to detect submarines harm and…

Conservation Groups Sue to Block Electric Transmission Corridors

Article: Conservation Groups Sue to Block Electric Transmission Corridors

WASHINGTON, DC, January 10, 2008 (ENS) – Eleven regional and national environmental organizations today announced plans to file suit against the Department of Energy over its final designation of a mid-Atlantic National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor. On October 5, the Energy Department published its order designating two National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors – the Mid-Atlantic…

Bush Administration Abandons Effort to Undercut National Forest Protections

Article: Bush Administration Abandons Effort to Undercut National Forest Protections

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 9, 2008 (ENS) – Conservation groups are declaring a “victory for public participation” as the U.S. Forest Service and the timber industry Monday abandoned their appeals of a federal court decision that invalidated a Bush administration rule removing environmental protections for the 192 million acre National Forest System. Endangered California spotted…