Thursday, July 14, 2011

Environmental provisions in Interior money bill

CattleNetwork reports the following on the Interior Appropriations bill:

...Van Liew said Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) included in the legislation a five-year extension of language to allow the renewal of grazing permits under existing terms and conditions as well as language to prohibit the management of bighorn sheep that would have harmful impacts on federal lands grazing of livestock. Also included in the legislation was a provision to limit new listings under ESA and block judicial review or challenge of a decision to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in Wyoming and the Great Lakes once those states produce authorized management plans. Another measure was included to exempt the trailing of livestock from NEPA requirements. Van Liew hailed the passage of Rep. Cynthia Lummis’ (R-Wyo.) amendment to continue the funding block on DOI’s Secretarial Order 3310 regarding wild lands designations...She said U.S. Representatives Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) offered amendments that would prevent EPA from using any fiscal 2012 funding to advance dust and ammonia regulations under the Clean Air Act. The bill also included language that stops the attempted expanded regulation of waters under the EPA’s proposed Clean Water Act guidance during fiscal year 2012...

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