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Posted inEnviro

Lawsuit Aims to Protect Threatened Lynx, Bats From Massive Copper Mine in Superior National Forest in Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. January 25, 2022— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today, saying their approval of the PolyMet open-pit copper mine and land exchange in the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota violates the Endangered Species Act. The 528-acre open-pit mine would destroy important habitat for […]

Posted inCalifornia

California Court Rules Lawsuit Against State Oil Regulator Can Proceed

OAKLAND, Calif. December 23, 2021— A judge has ruled decisively in favor of the Center for Biological Diversity’s ability to proceed with a suit over California’s oil and gas regulator committing widespread violations of environmental laws. The regulator and an oil-industry lobbying group had tried to dismiss the Center’s case, but on Wednesday the court rejected their arguments. […]

Posted inEnviro

Legal Petition Seeks Federal Ropeless Rule to Save Whales, Turtles From Fishing Gear

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2021— Entanglement in fishing gear has become a leading threat to endangered whales and sea turtles on all U.S. coastlines. So the Center for Biological Diversity formally petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service today to require crab, lobster and other trap fisheries to convert to new ropeless or “pop-up” gear within the next five […]

Posted inCalifornia

Biden Administration Moves to Withdraw Trump-Era Pipeline Approval for Cadiz’s California Desert Water Grab

LOS ANGELES, December 3, 2021 — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management today moved to scrap a Trump administration decision challenged by conservation groups last March that illegally granted a pipeline right-of-way to Cadiz Inc. without the required environmental review. Today’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, seeks to vacate the Bureau’s approval […]

Posted inUS

Legal Challenge to USDA’s Deceptive and Discriminatory GMO Labeling Scheme Moves Forward

SAN FRANCISCO, November 29, 2021 — Last week, Center for Food Safety (CFS) took an important step in its lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) rules on labeling genetically engineered (GE) or GMO foods, which USDA now calls “bioengineered foods,” detailing its legal arguments and asking a federal court to strike down […]

Posted inEnviro

EPA: Two Most Widely Used Pesticides Likely Harm Majority of Endangered Species

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2021 – The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine and cancer-linked pesticide glyphosate are each likely to harm more than 1,000 of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals. The finalized evaluations found that use of the herbicide glyphosate is likely causing harm to 1,676 of the plants and animals protected under […]

Posted inUS

Biden Administration to Lease Out 80 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico for Oil, Days After Climate Summit

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2021— The Interior Department is scheduled to auction off more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday for oil and gas leasing, the largest U.S. lease sale ever. The sale comes just days after President Biden pledged at COP26 to reduce climate emissions. “The Biden administration is lighting […]

Posted inCalifornia

California Delays Some Dungeness Crab Fishing to Protect Whales

SACRAMENTO, Calif. November 2, 2021 – Following an entanglement of a humpback whale in California crabbing gear and information showing many humpback whales are currently feeding off California, the state’s fish and wildlife director ordered a delay today in opening some coastal areas to Dungeness crab fishing. The delay is based on data from the state’s recently created Risk […]

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Outdated Offshore Drilling Plans Spur Lawsuit Notice After California Oil Spill

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.November 2, 2021— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the federal government for allowing Platform Elly and other offshore oil production in the Beta oilfield to operate under outdated drilling plans written in the 1970s and ‘80s. The notice comes after a major Southern California oil spill linked […]

Posted inUS

USFW proposed today to remove 22 animals and a plant from the endangered species list because of extinction

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to remove 22 animals and a plant from the endangered species list because of extinction. They join the list of 650 U.S. species that have likely been lost to extinction. Species being proposed for delisting include the ivory-billed woodpecker, Bachman’s warbler, Scioto madtom, San Marcos gambusia, eight species of Southeastern freshwater mussels, eight […]

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BLM Withdraws Decision Allowing Grazing in California Area Protected for Desert Tortoises

An appeal by environmental groups forced the U.S. Bureau of Land Management late Tuesday to withdraw its decision allowing cattle grazing on public lands near California’s Mojave Desert. The area had been deemed permanently off limits to grazing under an earlier agreement to protect the federally threatened desert tortoise and other sensitive plants and animals. “It’s shocking […]

Posted inEnviro

Formosa Plastics Fined $2.9 Million for Endangering Public, Workers in Texas

Formosa Plastics Group has agreed to pay $2.85 million in federal fines for injuring its workers and endangering public health during a series of explosions, fires and toxic chemical releases from its Point Comfort, Texas, petrochemical plant. This latest agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency follows a $50 million civil settlement with Texas residents in 2019 over the […]

Posted inRegional

Sierra Nevada Red Fox Population Gains Endangered Species Act Protection

SACRAMENTO, August 2, 2021— In response to a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today granted endangered status to a population of one of North America’s rarest mammals, the Sierra Nevada red fox. These secretive foxes live in remote, high mountains in the Sierra Nevada and […]

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UNESCO Urges End to U.S. Border Wall Threatening World Heritage Site, Wildlife in Mexico

FUZHOU, China, July 23, 2021— The UNESCO World Heritage Committee today urged the United States to stop border wall construction. The committee also called on the United States to work with Mexico to assess damage from the wall to a World Heritage site in Mexico and adjacent protected lands in the United States and recommend ways […]

Posted inLife

EPA Seeks Public Comments on Legal Petition to Cancel Seresto Flea Collars Linked to Deaths of Nearly 1,700 Pets

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is opening a 60-day public comment period on a legal petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to cancel the registration of the Seresto flea and tick collar linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets. The EPA has received more than 75,000 complaints linking the flea collar to […]

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Coast Miwok Tribe Objects to Point Reyes Ranching, Elk-Killing Plan

POINT REYES, Calif. June 15, 2021— The Coast Miwok Tribal Council, lineal descendants of the original inhabitants of Point Reyes, has sent Interior Secretary Deb Haaland a formal letter objecting to a National Park Service plan to prioritize cattle ranching and kill tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California. Private ranching operations in the park […]

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Arizona Plant Threatened by Rosemont Copper Mine Receives Endangered Species Protection

Following a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the beardless chinchweed will receive protection as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Service designated 10,604 acres in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties in Arizona as protected critical habitat for the rare sunflower. Beardless chinchweed […]

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‘A Wake for the Whales’ Marks Bay Area Deaths, Calls for New Protections

Conservation groups and whale lovers gathered today — which is World Oceans Day — at Crissy Field Beach in San Francisco to honor the 12 dead whales that have washed up in the Bay Area so far this year and call for greater protections. Attendees took actions calling for specific solutions to the three top threats to whales: ship strikes, […]

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Lawsuit Launched Over DDT Ocean Dumping off Southern California

TORRANCE, Calif. May 27, 2021— Following the recent discovery that up to 500,000 barrels of the banned pesticide DDT were dumped into the Pacific Ocean off Southern California, the Center for Biological Diversity sent Montrose Chemical Corp. and its successor parent company, Bayer Corp., a notice of intent to sue them today. Today’s notice letter calls for the […]