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House passes huge outdoor recreation bill

The House on Tuesday approved the EXPLORE Act, a bipartisan bill that increases access to public lands and boosts the nation’s outdoor economy. Among its sweeping set of provisions, the bill would make it easier to get permits for activities on public lands, develop more biking trails, and codify the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program, a fund that […]

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Low-income and minority communities will now be more protected from toxic chemicals

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that will require chemical plants to reduce their emissions of cancer-causing chemicals. As a result, the number of people with elevated cancer risk is expected to decrease by 96 percent. The rule will bring long-overdue environmental justice to low-income and minority communities that are disproportionately located near such plants. The rule will […]

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Feds deny protections for gray wolves, environmental groups sue

On Monday, environmental organizations filed two lawsuits against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), challenging its decision not to restore Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the West. Currently, gray wolves are listed as endangered in 44 states and threatened in Minnesota. In Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and portions of Eastern Oregon and Washington, wolf management is […]

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Greenhouse gases at an all time high

The levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane, the two greenhouse gases most responsible for rising global temperatures, reached historic highs last year, according to an announcement from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Friday. The rise in heat-trapping gasses from January to December of 2023 was not quite as high as record increases seen in recent […]

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Lawmakers urge Biden administration to finalize oil and gas rule

In a letter sent Thursday, lawmakers urged the Biden administration to finalize the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Rule by the end of April. The proposed rule would implement updates made by the Inflation Reduction Act, as well as increase minimum bond amounts that haven’t been updated in decades. The timing is important in order […]

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Final mineral withdrawal will protect Colorado’s Thompson Divide, Mt. Emmons

The Biden administration has finalized a mineral withdrawal protecting more than 200,000 acres of national public land in Colorado’s Thompson Divide. The 20-year mineral withdrawal will prevent new mining or oil and gas activity in the area, but will not impact existing active leases within the withdrawal boundaries. The withdrawal is supported by a coalition of ranchers, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and environmentalists that has […]

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