Dominion Virginia Power proposes to construct 44 massive electric transmission towers across the James River within close sight of historic Jamestown Island, arguably one of our nation’s most historically significant places. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering whether to issue the permit needed for Dominion Virginia to proceed. Click “Read More” to see Pat Tiller’s powerful opinion-editorial in the Washington Post about this troubling proposal.
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 companies that own and operate a Greek shipping vessel were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, to a $1.3 million fine for the dumping of oily waste at sea. . .In addition to the $1.3 million fine, U.S. District Judge Coughenour ordered a $200,000 community service payment to be shared between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Parks Foundation.”
The National Park Service recently celebrated its 100th birthday. In the days leading up to the celebration, NPS director Jonathan Jarvis said that his agency’s goal for the centennial was “to create the next generation of visitors, supporters, and advocates for our national parks and our public lands.” Achieving this goal is critical. Click “Read More” below to read the full op-ed.
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.
Silicon Valley is leading the nation’s charge toward renewable energy development by making significant investments and pioneering technological advancements. This is important and commendable. However, in the effort to move toward a sustainable energy future, some companies are failing to seriously consider the size and location of their industrial scale renewable projects. Click “Read More” to read the full op-ed about the proposed Soda Mountain Solar project, published September 9, 2016 in The Mercury News.
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.