Ensuring the Public's Right to Know - Pesticide Reform

In a long campaign with Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides the Western Environmental Law Center has sought full disclosure of active and inert ingredients in pesticides to the public under the Freedom of Information Act.

Protecting Mexican Wolf Populations in the Southwest

The Western Environmental Law Center is assisting a coalition of groups to protect and enhance Mexican wolf populations in the southwest.  WELC has filed Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of the groups to gather information to ascertain why excess Mexican wolf deaths are being caused when captured, moved, and sometimes intentionally destroyed in response to complaints to government agencies by ranching interests.

Challenge to Bush Administration Foot-Dragging on Species Protection

The Bush administration has been using a legal loophole in the Endangered Species Act (the “warranted but precluded” clause) to delay listing of hundreds of species which it has acknowledged need protection, effectively allowing these species and their habitat to spiral downhill towards extinction.  In a case lead by Meyer & Glitzenstein, the Western Environmental Law Center is helping to represent a coalition of conservation groups trying to undue this bureaucratic logjam to allow these species and their habitats to get the protections they deserve.

Helping Stop the Desert Rock Coal-Fired Power Plant in Northwest New Mexico

With the awareness of global warming, the time for new coal-fired power plants is over.  WELC is helping a coalition of groups to stop this new plant which would not only contribute to global warming, but to the haze and unhealthy air that the people of the Navajo Nation and the Four Corners region have to breath.

WELC Helps Put Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Back on the Path to Recovery

In response to Western Environmental Law Center's advocacy, the Mexican gray wolf recovery effort took a pivotal turn with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reclaiming its management authority of the wolf. This highly endangered animal roams Arizona and New Mexico's backcountry.

Only 52 Mexican wolves were last counted in the wild. The recovery effort has undoubtedly reached a crossroads -- where business as usual may eventually lead to the Mexican gray wolf's second extinction in the wild.

Participating in the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

WELC is a member of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC), a group of more than 70 western and national non-profit, public, and private organizations. RVCC includes rural community advocates, environmentalists, business owners, federal and state land managers, and researchers working to address common issues surrounding public forest management.

EPA Allows States to Enforce Stricter GHG Tailpipe Emissions Limits

A hard-fought victory for Environmental Groups

In a critical step to combat global warming, the U.S. EPA today granted to California a long-delayed waiver for California's greenhouse gas reduction law for new vehicles.  Today’s action reverses President Bush’s denials of the waiver request in 2007 and 2008.

Conservationists’ Win Upheld in Nat’l Cotton Council v. EPA

6th Circuit denies pesticide industry’s request for rehearing

The 6th Circuit today issued an order denying the pesticide industry’s petition for rehearing in National Cotton Council v. EPA, No. 06-4630. The order effectively upholds the Court’s earlier finding that pesticide residuals and biological pesticides constitute pollutants under the Clean Water Act.

Coalition Challenges EPA Over Pollution from Ships, Aircraft and Non-road Engines

EPA fails to regulate major sources of global warming pollution

Washington, D.C. - A day after the US Senate voted to uphold the US Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit today challenging EPA’s failure to address such pollution from ocean-going ships, aircraft and nonroad vehicles and engines used in industrial operations.

3 Strikes Policy: A roadblock to Mexican wolf recovery (WELC article)

Ranchers file suit against management changes

Standard Operating Procedure 13 (SOP-13) was a three-strikes rule that required removal of any wolf guilty of three cattle attacks in one year. 

On the heels of our successful litigation resulting in the withdrawal of the Standard Operating Procedure 13, a coalition of New Mexico ranchers and two Counties, filed suit challenging the changes.

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