Conservation Groups Sue to Protect Salmon and Defend Clean Water from Coal Industry Attacks
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - January 19, 2017
Washington, D.C. – A coalition of local and national community and conservation groups filed a motion Wednesday to be allowed to help defend the national Stream Protection Rule against two lawsuits. The rule, issued Dec. 2, 2016 by the Department of the Interior, updates the minimum standards to protect clean water and other natural resources threatened by coal mining operations across the nation. Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement spent years working on the new rule.
“Alaska has some of the last wild salmon runs left on earth. Alaska’s wild salmon, and the rivers that they depend on define who we are as Alaskans," Cook Inletkeeper's Bob Shavelson said in a statement. "Salmon fill our freezers and support our local economies. The Stream Protection Rule provides Alaskans with basic, common-sense protections for our wild salmon from the risks posed by coal strip mining.”
The rule has far-reaching implications. Conservation groups advocated for stronger standards...
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