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Federal Judge Strikes Down Prairie Chicken Designation

Judge Robert Junell of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas struck down a federal protection for the lesser prairie chicken (LPC), a species found in southern Great Plains states. Junell’s September 1 ruling overturns a 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list the species, found in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Although in the long term the court’s decision could influence...

NJ Gov. Christie Fights EPA’s Clean Power Rules

Calling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) “unprecedented regulatory overreach,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) officially moved to block implementation of the rules in his state on September 2. Christie, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, announced his opposition to the rules when President Barack Obama announced them in August. Christie’s top environmental regulator, Bob Martin, wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy...

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