This follows up on our January 26, 2016, letter opposing Dominion Virginia Power’s (Dominion) proposed Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton project. Based upon credible new evidence, at least four viable alternatives exist to Dominion’s ill-conceived proposal. There is no compelling need to construct high transmission towers across the James River in close proximity to Jamestown Island – a unit of the U.S. National Park System and arguably one of America’s most historically significant sites. Click “Read More” to read the full letter.
BLM has issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the next phase of a controversial electric energy production facility to be located immediately adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. The EA falls short in its analysis of potentially significant impacts to the park and its wildlife and groundwater resources. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments to the BLM.
Based on deference to agency discretion, a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision sided with the NPS in a lawsuit filed by conservation groups over the controversial 2011 general management plan for the Preserve’s Addition lands. Despite the affirmation of the NPS plan, the court also held that the NPS Organic Act’s “conservation mandate” applies at all units of the National Park System, in stark contrast to the “multiple use mandate” that had been described for the Preserve in a lower court ruling. Please click “Read More” to see our letter to Superintendent Tammy Whittington regarding the court decision.
The Coalition has joined with other advocacy organizations in opposing attacks on the Antiques Act. It is disappointing to see three separate bills to undermine the Antiquities Act – the law which is responsible for originally protecting nearly half of our national parks – being advanced less than a month after our country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Please click “Read More” to see our concerns.
The purpose of this letter is to submit comments on the proposed rule to amend the Seashore’s 2012 special regulations for ORV management found at 36 CFR § 7.58 (c). While some aspects of the proposed changes seem to be adequately justified, we are concerned that other aspects of the proposal are not adequately explained nor justified. Please click “Read More” to see our concerns.
The Coalition has been told that NEPA compliance may be limited to an Environmental Assessment – Findings of No Significant Impact for a decision that will inevitably have very significant consequences to park resources, and quite likely national implications. Addressing and resolving an issue of this significance clearly requires an EIS, and must be informed by the most comprehensive science available. Click “Read More” to read The Coalition’s letter to the incoming superintendent.
The new rule provides greater leverage and bargaining power to those who want to take park resources. The Coalition offered substantial comment on the proposed amendments that were published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015. Click “Read More” to see Coalition’ s letter to Director John Jarvis urging the strongest possible guidance and support from national NPS leadership to assure that park managers limit the scope of plant removal, implement rigorous and appropriate application of NEPA guidelines.
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works toward finalizing a long overdue revision of the Regional Haze Rule, the Coalition and its members continue to advocate for improving air quality and protecting visibility in national parks. Click “Read More” to see Coalition member Chris Shaver’s letter to the editor regarding EPA’s proposed revision to this important air quality regulation.
The Bureau of Land Management has given the go ahead to a massive solar energy development proposed by Soda Mountain Solar, LLC that would be constructed less than a mile from the boundary of Mojave National Preserve. The project threatens important wildlife habitat and migration corridors. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter opposing the project to the San Bernadino County Board of Supervisors.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the Regional Haze Rule, a regulation intended to protect visibility in federally designated Class 1 areas – areas that include 48 national parks. While the proposed rule offers improvements over the current regulation, some aspects of the proposal need to be stronger if the nation is ever going to achieve the Clean Air Act’s long-term goal of “natural visibility” in the Class 1 areas. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s comments to the EPA.