The Santa Ana sucker, a small, bottom-feeding fish residing in California’s Santa Ana River, is playing havoc with the region’s water supply, resulting in a group of cities and water districts asking the United States Supreme Court to require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to conduct a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis when it takes regulatory actions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
In 2010, the FWS expanded the threatened fish’s critical habitat by 1,000 acres. The newly added habitat included long established dams and water diversion facilities created to manage floods and provide irrigation and drinking water. The plaintiffs complain the suckers expanded habitat limits their ability to draw water, manage floods and requires the release of large amounts of water in an attempt to move gravel and rocks downstream to improve the sucker’s habitat, water that petitioners argue is needed by local residents.
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A new paper shows California’s policies to promote renewable energy and mandate restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions are having and will continue to have a disparate, harmful impact on the poor and minorities.
California has long been a leader in enacting progressive environmental policies. For instance, by the year 2020, the state has required one-third of the electricity delivered by utilities be generated from renewable sources. The state has also committed to reduce its greenhouse gas...
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has reintroduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 to prevent individual states from requiring labels indicating whether a food was genetically modified (GMO).
“GMOs are safe and have a number of important benefits for people and our planet,” Pompeo said.
The bill would also tighten the standards companies must use to designate their food as GMO-free: Crops must not be planted with bioengineered seeds, and animals must not be fed bioengineered food.
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