Backroom Deal: Congress OKs Abandoning Highly Radioactive Waste in South Carolina and Idaho, Threatening Drinking Water Supplies
October 9, 2004 08:27 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Congress today sent a bill to the president that would reverse more than two decades of nuclear waste cleanup policy without public hearing or debate. Legislators included a provision (Section 3116) in the 2005 Defense authorization bill that would change the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, allowing the Department of Energy (DOE) to reclassify lethal high-level radioactive waste in South Carolina as "waste incidental to reprocessing." The language, which was written by DOE and originally added by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), would allow the agency to abandon millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste in leaking tanks in South Carolina and Idaho, and would set a precedent for the massive cleanup of radioactive waste in the state of Washington.

More than 85,000 Citizens Denounce Bush Administration's Salmon Plan
October 9, 2004 08:24 AM - Save our Wild Salmon

More than 85,000 citizens asked the Bush administration to withdraw its latest plan to manage endangered wild salmon and steelhead and deliver a new plan that will recover healthy populations of fish in letters delivered today by salmon advocates.

Health Advocates Urge Administration to Support Binding Global Mercury Treaty
October 9, 2004 08:21 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Industrial mercury pollution has reached dangerously high levels around the world, and it will take an international effort to combat it, two U.S. health advocacy groups said today. The groups, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and the Mercury Policy Project, applauded a new congressional resolution urging the Bush administration to support a binding international treaty to reduce mercury use, trade and pollution. The resolution was introduced earlier today by Sen. James Jeffords (I-Vt.), along with Sens. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.), Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).

EPA Inspector General Finds Agency Undercut Ongoing Enforcement Suits Against Polluting Power Plants
October 9, 2004 08:19 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Top political officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relaxed air pollution rules in 2002, benefiting utility industry defendants in ongoing Clean Air Act enforcement suits brought by the EPA. That is the conclusion of a long-awaited report issued today by the EPA's inspector general.

EPA Inspector General Finds Agency Undercut Ongoing Enforcement Suits Against Polluting Power Plants
October 9, 2004 08:18 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Top political officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relaxed air pollution rules in 2002, benefiting utility industry defendants in ongoing Clean Air Act enforcement suits brought by the EPA. That is the conclusion of a long-awaited report issued today by the EPA's inspector general.

Enterprise and NRDC Launch $550 Million Initiative For Healthy, Environmentally Friendly Affordable Housing
October 9, 2004 08:17 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

A premier national affordable housing provider and a leading national environmental group today launched the Green Communities Initiative, a five-year, $550 million commitment to build more than 8,500 environmentally friendly affordable homes across the country. The initiative will offer financing, grants and technical assistance to developers to build affordable housing that promotes health, conserves energy and natural resources and provides easy access to jobs, schools and services.

Plan for African Ivory Markets a Victory for Elephants
October 9, 2004 08:15 AM - World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC applaud African countries who today announced a continent-wide action plan to crack down on their domestic ivory markets, calling it a major victory for elephant conservation.

CITES authorizes 2004 Export Quotas for Caspian Sea Caviar
October 8, 2004 10:24 AM - UN Environment Programme

Bangkok, 8 October 2004 The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced today the 2004 export quotas for Caspian Sea sturgeon.

UNEP Reaction to Nobel Peace Prize Announcement
October 8, 2004 10:20 AM - UNEP

Understanding is growing throughout the world of the close links between environmental protection and global security, so it is most fitting that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded this year to Africa's staunchest defender of the environment, Professor Wangari Maathai, for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

Potential Disaster for Belizean Ecotourism
October 8, 2004 10:06 AM - World Land Trust

A very disturbing report has been received over the Internet, which if true may spell the end of Belize's reign as one of the world leaders in ecotourism.

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