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Category: Water Quality :: Wetlands
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Democrates Pressure EPA to Green-light Pork 7.4.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

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April 7, 2009

PEER

Democrats pushing pet projects are pressuring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to short-circuit scientific reviews and anti-pollution protections, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Politicians saying that they have "assurances" of favorable treatment undercut promises by the Obama administration that EPA and other environmental agencies would follow the rule of law rather than political dictates.

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Michigan Poised to Surrender Wetlands Control to Feds 7.4.2009 ENS
Michigan Poised to Surrender Wetlands Control to Feds
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Michigan Give Feds Notice of Surrendering Wetlands Program 3.4.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

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April 3, 2009

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

The State of Michigan has given formal notice to the federal government that the state is beginning the process of withdrawing its wetlands protection program and the federal agencies must prepare to take over permitting and enforcement, according to a letter released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Michigan's Legislature is still considering whether to adopt Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proposal to scrap wetland protections in her state.

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Lawsuit Challenges Obama’s Low Fuel Economy Standards 3.4.2009 ENN Network News - ENN
SAN FRANCISCO- The Center for Biological Diversity Thursday filed suit to strike down the Obama administration’s corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for cars, trucks, and SUVs for model year 2011.
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Feingold Reintroduces Effort to Protect the Drinking Water of Over 100 Million Americans 2.4.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

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April 2, 2009

US Senator Russ Feingold

U.S.

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Maine's Sears Island Port Plan Slammed 1.4.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

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April 1, 2009

PEER

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has raised "substantial concerns" and strongly recommends against approval of Maine's plans for Sears Island., according to correspondence posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). At stake is the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) plan to use the East Coast's largest undeveloped island as a cargo container port while using the rest of the island as a wetlands mitigation bank.

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Critics Cringe at Michigan Proposal to Hand Wetland Protection to EPA 26.3.2009 Truthout.com

    In budget pinch, governor wants EPA to take over.

    Traverse City, Michigan - Governor Jennifer Granholm's proposal to hand over protection of Michigan wetlands to the federal government comes as critics in Congress and elsewhere say federal agencies are falling down on the job.

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Coastal Wetlands May Get Climate Change Boost, Before Being Overwhelmed by Rising Seas 25.3.2009 TreeHugger
photo: via flickr Though in the long-run rising sea levels and temperatures because of climate change certainly still pose a threat to coastal wetlands, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and the US Geological Survey have concluded a two year study on the effect of CO2 levels on soil elevation in marshes which adds a new wrinkle to the effects we can expect to see as the Earth continues to warm:... ...
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EPA Halts Mountaintop Removal Permits 25.3.2009 AlterNet
Whether this is the beginning of a transition to abolish mountaintop removal is yet to be seen, but it is a huge step forward for our country.
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EPA Halts Hundreds of Mountaintop Mining Permits 25.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency put hundreds of mountaintop coal-mining permits on hold Tuesday, saying it wants to evaluate the projects' impact on streams and wetlands.

The decision, announced by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, targets a controversial practice that allows coal mining companies to dump waste from mountaintop mining into streams and wetlands.

It could delay 150-250 permits being sought by companies wanting to begin blasting mountaintops to access coal.

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EPA Acts on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: Stream and Wetland Protections Inadequate 25.3.2009 TreeHugger
photo: Just one month after a US circuit court of appeals in Virginia overturned a ruling banning , the EPA steps up to the plate to address the issue. The agency has sent two letters to the US Army Corps of Engineers expressing concerns about the environmental impact of two new coal mining operations in West Virginia and Kentucky:... ...
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Jeff Biggers: BREAKING NEWS: Change is Gonna Come: EPA Halts Mountaintop Removal Permits 25.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's been a long time coming, but the EPA made a breakthrough announcement today, calling for a halt to hundreds of mountaintop removal permits, in...
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EPA Freezes Hundreds Of Mountaintop Mining Permits 25.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency put hundreds of mountaintop coal-mining permits on hold Tuesday, saying it wants to evaluate the projects' impact on streams...
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BREAKING: EPA Halts Mountaintop Removal Permits 25.3.2009 AlterNet
Whether this is the beginning of a transition to abolish mountaintop removal is yet to be seen, but it is a huge step forward for our country.
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EPA Opens Water Quality Video Contest 17.3.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-16-092.asp
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Former Governor Milliken Speaks Up To Save Wetlands Program 16.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

The governor who signed Michigan's model wetlands protection legislation into law 30 years ago believes it is vital to keep that commitment even in tough economic times, according to a statement by former Gov. William G. Milliken posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Former Gov. Milliken's statement comes just days before the Legislature decides whether to follow current Gov. Jennifer Granholm in her call for abolishing the state wetland program in order to save approximately $2 million in state funds.

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Michigan Torpedoes Its Own Great Lakes Restoration Plan 10.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

Just days after Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm unveiled an ambitious plan to restore the Great Lakes, she moved to knock out one of its main planks - the state's own wetlands protection program, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Even the small savings Gov. Granholm hopes to achieve by repealing the state wetlands law would be lost in higher storm and flood damage, concludes a new white paper by state experts.

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EPA Sued to Limit Phosphorus in Florida's Largest Lake 10.3.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-09-096.asp
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Five More Arrested Protesting West Virginia Coal Mining 6.3.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-05-095.asp
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Michigan Threatens to Fumble Obama Great Lakes Initiative 3.3.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

Just as President Obama proposes a half-billion dollar partnership to improve the water quality of the Great Lakes in his ambitious new budget plan, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is moving to jettison key wetland protections in her state. The net result will be a huge loss of wetlands and water quality protections that will yield only minimal savings for the fiscally challenged state, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

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