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9th Circuit Validates Greens Mining Lawsuit (Courthouse News 8/11/15)


The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that environmental groups properly challenged the U.S. Forest Service's decision to let gold miners use suction dredging in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Once separate forests, the Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests were administratively combined in 2004.

The forest stretches across almost 1.8 million acres of southwestern Oregon and parts of northern California, from the Cascade Mountains almost to the Pacific Ocean.

Life around New Mexico's gas wells: how fracking is turning the air foul (The Guardian 8/14/15)

Leaked methane and other toxic gases are polluting the air with serious health risks for local communities whose fortunes depend on oil and gas in the shale boom state

“My daughter has asthma. She is not the only one around here, something is wrong here, our air quality shouldn’t be this way.”

Shirley “Sug” McNall is leaning up against a fence staring at a natural gas well about 40 meters from a playground behind the primary school where her daughter used to teach in Aztec, New Mexico. She believes that the gas industry and the explosion of fracking in her state is responsible for serious impacts on local air quality which are affecting people’s health.

Proposal aims to fight manure pollution from dairies, farms (KOMO News 8/12/15)


Major new rules were unveiled Tuesday by state regulators aimed at stopping the pollution coming off Washington's large animal operations like dairy farms.

More regulations for dairies proposed (Yakima Herald-Republic 8/12/15)


Almost all Yakima Valley dairies would be required to get a water quality permit under a proposal the state Department of Ecology released Tuesday.

That’s because for the first time, the agency proposes treating seepage from manure storage lagoons as pollution.

The proposal has some in the agriculture industry wary of redundant regulations and increased costs, while environmental groups say that it still doesn’t go far enough to prevent pollution.

Inslee: I’ll use my authority to impose cap on emissions (Seattle Times 7/28/15)

After being stymied on climate policy in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he’s pressing ahead with executive action to impose a cap on carbon emissions.

Frustrated by legislative inaction on climate, Gov. Jay Inslee plans to wield his administration’s executive authority to impose a binding cap on carbon emissions in Washington state.

Gov. Inslee Directs The Washington Department Of Ecology To Take Serious Action On Climate Change (Press Release 7/28/15)

Gov. Sides With Youth Standing Up For Their Right To A Healthy Future

Today, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to take serious action on climate change. Inslee said Washingtonians have too much at stake to wait any longer for legislative action, and directed Ecology to step up enforcement of existing state pollution laws and to develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions.

Bill containing Newhouse amendment on livestock regulation pulled (Yakima Herald 7/23/15)


A bill containing U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse’s controversial amendment to block the Environmental Protection Agency from using solid waste laws to regulate large dairies and livestock operations has been pulled from consideration.

The House of Representatives on July 8 approved the amendment to a large appropriation bill for the departments of the Interior, the EPA and other related agencies, but the entire bill has since been pulled.

Courtroom slugfest nears as drilling creeps toward ancient Chaco world (E&E News 7/13/15)


Kyle Tisdel and Samantha Ruscavage-Barz sift through rocks beside a dusty road in New Mexico's high desert, searching for remnants of life a thousand years past.

With the nearest meager town of Cuba an hour away, they're off the beaten path by any standard. But to them, these dirt roads surrounding Chaco Canyon are the front lines of a monumental battle pitting ancient Pueblo culture against the modern world's thirst for oil.

Drilling dims the star-bright night sky above N.M.'s shale frontier (E&E News 7/21/15)


CHACO CANYON, N.M. -- It's 7:45 a.m. on a sunny June morning and a line is already forming outside the visitor center at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The sign-up list for a moonlit walk through the park's most prized Pueblo ruins has only 30 spots, and the lights in the sky are promising a show tonight.

Later, as the sun sets over the West Mesa and the moon rises over the ancient walls of Pueblo Bonito, park ranger G.B. Cornucopia fixes his gaze on the Western sky.

Shocker Court Ruling: Cut Carbon Emissions to Save Humanity From Climate Change (News 7/23/15)


What if the public, alarmed about government’s failure to do enough, fast enough, to stop climate change while there’s still time, could sue?

Nine hundred Dutch citizens have done just that—and won. The historic recent decision, rendered in June, is already inspiring lawsuits in other countries.

Meanwhile, in Washington State, a group of kids have won a case against the Department of Ecology, forcing it to “consider the undisputed current science necessary for climate recovery.”

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