Weekly News Roundup – May 11, 2012
from Wildlife Promise
Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news:
May 10 – Gaps, inconsistencies and loopholes in U.S. state and Canadian provincial laws are leaving the Great Lakes and other natural resources vulnerable to a new wave of mining activity sweeping the Upper Great Lakes states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota and Canadian province of Ontario, according to a new legal analysis by the National Wildlife Federation and Ecojustice Canada.
“Weak laws and lax enforcement undermine efforts to protect our water, wildlife and communities from this dangerous form of mining,” said Michelle Halley, National Wildlife Federation attorney. “There is an urgent need for the region to address these issues now or likely face decades of contamination and clean-up.”
And here is some news from our sister organization, NWF Action Fund
May 10 – If politicians in Washington know that protecting the air we breathe not only protects people and wildlife, but also helps spur our economy, then why are they trying to gut Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean air standards? On Thursday, May 10, the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund (NWF Action Fund) and Earthjustice are launching a seven-figure TV ad buy that highlights the economic and health benefits associated with a transition to a greener economy, while also raising public awareness and support for EPA’s new clean air standards to limit industrial air pollution from power plants.
Here are highlights from NWF in the News:
- The Detroit News: Wildlife federation gives Michigan poor rating for mining regulatory system
- Gannett: Groups say mining laws too weak to protect Great Lakes
- Minnesota Public Radio: NWF wants more study of Great Lakes-area mining
- Minneapolis Star Tribune: Rep. Cravaack: Cut climate change education funds
- UPI: Keystone XL debate enters new phase
For more, visit www.nwf.org/News