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EPA to change the way it handles environmental justice complaints

May 6, 2013

U.S. EPA plans to change the way it investigates environmental justice complaints, recently releasing two policy papers that address long-standing criticism of the agency's Office of Civil Rights.

The papers target so-called Title VI complaints, which are named after a provision in the...

Navajo Nation OKs coal plant extension

May 6, 2013

The Navajo Nation’s approval of a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant on the reservation came after hours of contentious debate and a slew of amendments.

The legislation signed by tribal President Ben Shelly on Tuesday extends the lease from 2019 to 2044 and boosts yearly...

States scramble as EPA shifts research monitors into regulatory mode

May 3, 2013

A little-noticed change in U.S. EPA air policy has turned a national pollution-monitoring network that has been providing data to researchers for 22 years into a regulatory tool, leaving states scrambling to figure out the implications.

At issue are 90 air monitors in the Clean Air Status...

USGS: 7.4 Billion Barrels of Oil Possible in North Dakota, Montana

May 3, 2013

Government data released Tuesday show that 7.4 billion barrels of oil could be recovered from two massive shale formations spanning parts of the Dakotas and Montana, nearly double the amount previously estimated for the region.

The new number from the U.S. Geological Survey is based on...

Mont. commission opposes proposed EPA rules on greenhouse gases

May 2, 2013

Montana's Public Service Commission says it opposes proposed federal rules to restrict greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants.

The PSC said in a statement Monday that it sent the Environmental Protection Agency a letter urging the agency to withdraw its proposed rules for new...

BLM issues new right-of-way regulations for renewable energy development

April 30, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management is issuing a regulation that will facilitate right-of-way applications for lands with wind and solar energy development potential.

The regulation — called The Final Rule — will allow the BLM, when necessary, to temporarily segregate lands in a wind or solar...

New BLM rule gives priority to renewable projects over mining claims

April 29, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it has finalized a rule allowing it to temporarily withdraw public lands from new mining claims where wind and solar power developers have applied to locate new projects.

The final rule, set to be published tomorrow in the Federal...

Proposed Mont. copper mine raises hopes and concerns

April 29, 2013

White Sulphur Springs--Tintina Resources Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, have a plan for a mine called Black Butte. They say there’s more than 1 billion pounds of high-grade copper deposits in the ground, enough for a modest-sized copper mine that could employ as many as 200 workers with...

Bipartisan bill would help preserve watershed in Colo. national forest

April 29, 2013

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) are joining forces on a bipartisan effort to help protect a pristine watershed inside the San Juan National Forest.

Bennet yesterday introduced the "Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act of 2013," S. 841, which would designate...

Yellowstone wildfire plans aim for more flexibility

April 29, 2013

Park are getting new guidelines that rely more on experience and judgment and less on set rules.

With recent approval from the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service, the rewrite will allow firefighters to adopt an approach that emphasizes flexibility.

The OK from Park...

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