Weekly News Roundup – July 22, 2011

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s National Wildlife Federation news:

Keystone XL Meetings Should Focus on Toxics Disclosure, NWF Says

July 22 – The State Department has announced their next steps on the review process for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The announcement detailed where public meetings would occur, gave an approximate time of mid-August for issuance of the controversial final environmental impact statement, and other procedural details. For the first time, the agency emphasized that its review process takes precedent over an artificial deadline.

Gulf Senators Praised for Cosponsoring Bill to Restore Gulf

July 21 – A coalition of organizations supporting Gulf restoration celebrated news today that a bipartisan coalition of Gulf senators is cosponsoring the RESTORE Gulf Coast States Act. The legislation seeks to ensure that penalties paid by BP and others responsible for last year’s Gulf oil disaster are used to help restore the region’s communities, economies and environments instead of going to unrelated federal spending.

Coalition Opposes Funding Bill that Guts Great Lakes Programs

July 20 – The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition today announced its strong opposition to a House spending bill that guts programs to restore the Great Lakes and prevent sewage contamination. The bill also contains a laundry list of harmful policy riders that undermine the nation’s efforts to restore the Great Lakes and all our nation’s great waters, protect water quality, and prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species.

More Than 600,000 Americans Support Strong Mercury Pollution Safeguards

July 19 – The National Wildlife Federation joined with a coalition of public health, faith, and conservation groups today to deliver more than 617,000 letters from Americans supporting strong mercury safeguards to the Environmental Protection Agency Region One office in Boston. These comments, collected from every state in the nation, support the EPA in their efforts to curb dangerous mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. A coalition of more than 200 health, environmental and social justice organizations worked together to make this impressive show of support possible.

And here are highlights from NWF in the News:

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