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NJ Herald: Lawsuit: Extending eagle death permits illegal

NJ Herald: Lawsuit: Extending eagle death permits illegal

WASHINGTON (AP) – A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.

The American Bird Conservancy argues that the rule, which extended by 25 years the length of time companies may kill or injure eagles without fear of prosecution, is illegal because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to evaluate the consequences and ensure it would not damage eagle populations. The Obama administration classified the rule as an administrative change, excluding it from a full environmental review.

NJspotlight:  WATER-CONTAMINATION WATCHDOG RESTARTS WORK WITH FOCUS ON PFCS

NJspotlight: WATER-CONTAMINATION WATCHDOG RESTARTS WORK WITH FOCUS ON PFCS

A panel that advises state officials on the quality of New Jersey’s drinking water met for the first time since 2010 on Tuesday, and pledged to focus its work on contamination by a class of chemicals that has been linked with cancer and developmental problems.

The nearly four-year hiatus since the most recent meeting of the Drinking Water Quality Institute was not without controversy. It was prompted by the resignation of its then-chairman, who was frustrated by the state Department of Environmental Protection not acting on the institute’s recommendations for tougher standards.