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Pam MacLean

Judge vacates U.S. protection for lesser prairie chicken

Sep 03 2015

A federal judge in Texas has vacated the threatened species listing of the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not follow its own rules.

Green group sues over dam-removal plan on Ohio river

Jul 09 2015

The Sierra Club has sued to stop the imminent removal of the Ballville Dam on Ohio's Sandusky River to prevent release of what it calls a century's accumulation of potentially contaminated sediment from behind the dam.

California green sturgeon ruling sets up possible test case

Jul 08 2015

Setting up a potential test case, two building industry groups have failed in an effort to compel federal regulators to balance economic harm against conservation benefits in critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Sixteen states sue U.S. EPA over clean water rule

Jun 29 2015

Sixteen states on Monday filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contesting a rule that expands the definition of bodies of water subject to federal pollution controls.

Sixteen states sue EPA over clean water rule

Jun 29 2015

Sixteen states on Monday filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contesting a rule that expands the definition of bodies of water subject to federal pollution controls.

Canada lynx at center of U.S. court ruling on habitat designation

Jun 18 2015

Despite the U.S. Forest Service expansion of critical habitat designations for the threatened Canada lynx, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that when the USFS failed to consult the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service it violated the Endangered Species Act.

Owl, salmon permits revoked in California, but logging not blocked

Jun 02 2015

A federal magistrate has revoked two improperly issued 50-year permits for the incidental loss of threatened spotted owls and coho salmon in Northern California, but did not grant a request from conservationists to block related logging plans.

San Diego water contamination lawsuit revived by court

May 26 2015

A federal appeals court has revived San Diego's $250 million groundwater contamination lawsuit against Kinder Morgan and other firms for alleged pollution of an aquifer and 166 acres of city land around Qualcomm Stadium.

Truck owners lose appeal over air pollution filters in California

Mar 04 2015

A construction truck owners group lost a federal appeals court challenge on Tuesday over California's 2012 requirement that heavy-duty diesel trucks be upgraded with pollution filters and lower-emission engines.

EPA erred in approving ozone fees on Calif. drivers - green groups

Feb 13 2015

Environmental groups told a federal appeals court in California on Thursday that U.S. regulators have improperly approved plans by local authorities to charge drivers, instead of industry, for excessive ozone pollution.

World News

'Sea of black' Hong Kong protesters demand leader step down

Hundreds of thousands of people clogged the streets in central Hong Kong on Sunday dressed in black to demand the city's leader step down, a day after she suspended an extradition bill in a dramatic retreat following the most violent protests in decades.