On August 23, 2016, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors denied issuance of key discretionary permits for the Soda Mountain Solar project under the California Environmental Quality Act. Soda Mountain Solar is proposed to occur less than a mile from Mojave National Preserve, where it would cause major unmitigated impacts to the preserve and the surrounding desert region. Click “Read More” to see how the Coalition’s work led to this success.
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.
Except for a legislatively authorized annual elk hunt, other forms of hunting have been strictly prohibited on private inholdings within Grand Teton National Park since 1950. That changed dramatically after an Associate Regional Director issued a letter that has opened the door to big game trophy hunting on these properties within the park. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter to NPS Director Jon Jarvis.
Meridian Energy Group proposes to construct and operate an oil refinery approximately three miles from the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Click “Read More” to see the Coalition’s letter opposing the refinery that was sent to the Billings County (ND) Commissioners.
One hundred years ago, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that established the National Park Service. Women’s rights and the Park Service have seen much progress in the last 100 years, but there is still work to do. Click “Read More” to read the full article.
This spring, after nearly 10 years of thinking, talking, searching and hoping, a dream came true for many of us who spent our careers working in national parks. On March 3, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks announced the establishment of the Park Institute of America in collaboration with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Click “Read More” for the full article.