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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.