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[1THING] Blog: Archive for September, 2015

[ Wilderness Society Commends BLM on New State Directors for Nevada, New Mexico and California ]

Michael Reinemer

“The Wilderness Society is glad to see these key positions being filled,” said Nada Culver, Director of The Wilderness Society’s BLM Action Center.

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[ Extreme Anti-Conservationists in Congress Sever Funding for America’s Treasured Parks ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement today regarding expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America’s most important conservation and recreation program that has enhanced and created parks and outdoor opportunities for more than 50 years:  

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[ A few members of Congress are about to erase a 50-year-old promise ]

On Sept. 30, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will expire—the shameful end of a popular, effective conservation program thanks to congressional dysfunction and radical ideology.

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[ Shell loses big gamble in Arctic Ocean ]

Anastasia Greene

Shell’s announcement today that it will abandon oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean for the foreseeable future means the state’s northern coastal villages and marine mammals will be safe from major offshore oil spills and other oil development-related impacts.

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[ U.S. E.P.A. declares availability of $7 million to replace or retrofit old school buses ]

SAN FRANCISCO – The E.P.A. is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in backing for rebates to public and private school bus fleet owners for the replacement and retrofit of older school buses. This is the 3rd rebate plan offered under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) to fund cleaner school buses.

Many of the nation’s school buses are powered by diesel engines. E.P.A. requirements for new diesel engines make them in excess of 90% cleaner than older o…

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[ Communities left defenseless against fracking ]

The Colorado Supreme Court will soon decide whether communities can ban fracking locally. Since the impacts of fracking — like air and water pollution — are felt locally, communities deserve the ability to protect themselves from this harmful process. 

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[ Sen. Daines Supports Top-Down Forest Reform, Once Again Ignoring Montana-Based Solutions ]

Michael Reinemer

A group of sportsmen, outfitters, business owners, and conservationists are extremely disappointed in Montana Senator Steve Daines’ decision to support the Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2015.

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[ Get involved: National Public Lands Day is Saturday! ]

Organized by the non-profit National Environmental Education Foundation, National Public Lands Day falls on the last Saturday of each September.

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[ Lights About to Go Out on America’s Parks, Ballfields and Trails ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement in response to the pending expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in exactly one week if Congress fails to act:  

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[ E.P.A. Declares $13.2 Million in Supplemental Funds to Clean up Contaminated Brownfields Sites … ]

WASHINGTON – Today the E.P.A. (EPA) announced approximately $13.2 million in supplemental backing to help transform communities by cleaning up contaminated Brownfields properties. Supplemental backing of the Revolving Loan Backing (RLF) will be given to 31 successful RLF grantees helping 44 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. These plans will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment. Many of the RLF cleanups are in under-…

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