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Federal Judge Overturns Bush Sonar Waiver

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 Opens Roadless Tongass National Forest to Logging

Bush Opens Roadless Tongass National Forest to Logging

JUNEAU, Alaska, January 25, 2008 (ENS) – Today, the Bush administration put a “for sale” sign on trees in pristine roadless areas of the Tongass rainforest in Alaska – America’s largest national forest. This move by Bush officials to reverse roadless area protections parallels two others made recently in national forests located in Idaho and…

California to Filter Stormwater from 1,000 Miles of Roads

California to Filter Stormwater from 1,000 Miles of Roads

LOS ANGELES, California, January 23, 2008 (ENS) – Millions of gallons of polluted stormwater that runs off state highways each year will be kept out of Southern California waters and off the region’s beaches after two environmental groups and the California Department of Transportation came to an agreement in federal court on Friday. The state…

Court Orders U.S. Navy to Limit Sonar, Monitor for Whales

Court Orders U.S. Navy to Limit Sonar, Monitor for Whales

LOS ANGELES, California, January 3, 2008 (ENS) – A federal court in California has imposed a 12 nautical mile no-sonar exclusion zone along the California coast to protect whales and other marine mammals from mid-frequency sonar used by the U.S. Navy during training exercises. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California today…

U.S. Forest Service Plans to Lift Roadless Area Protections

U.S. Forest Service Plans to Lift Roadless Area Protections

DENVER, Colorado, December 31, 2007 (ENS) – The Bush administration intends to remove existing legal protections from over 4.4 million acres of roadless areas in the national forests of Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service formally announced Wednesday that it is beginning a process to establish a new rule for managing Colorado’s roadless areas. This rulemaking…

Upcoming Publishing of "the green book"

Upcoming Publishing of "the green book"

On Tuesday, June 19th, “the green book – The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet, One Simple Step at a Time” will be released to retailers everywhere. This book is filled with step-by-step instructions on how you can change small things in your life that will make a positive impact on the state of the…

U.S. Navy, Conservationists Reach $16 Million Sonar Settlement

U.S. Navy, Conservationists Reach $16 Million Sonar Settlement

LOS ANGELES, California, January 5, 2009 (ENS) – After years of litigation, the U.S. Navy and marine mammal conservation groups have reached a settlement agreement to resolve a worldwide challenge to the Navy’s testing and training with mid-frequency active sonar. The settlement agreed on December 27 resolves a lawsuit filed in 2005 by five groups…