Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

"Iowa OK’s Fish Deemed Risky by Feds, Neighboring States"

"The state of Iowa is failing to warn people to cut back on eating locally caught fish contaminated with mercury and other pollutants at levels the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds too risky, a study by The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism has found."

Source: Iowa Independent, 12/16/2010

"Permit Process for Coal-Fired Plant in Kansas Draws Criticism"

"For several weeks, nine Kansas state employees have been voluntarily working weekends and late into the night to finish a review of a permit for a power plant. ... And that worries the coal plant’s opponents, who said the extra hours were a clear signal that the state was pushing the permit process too fast."

Source: Kansas City Star, 12/14/2010

Feds Document Core Areas for Decimated Sage-Grouse

The map and report on known greater sage grouse high-density breeding populations is a starting point that can be refined with the input of state fish and wildlife agencies. But you can use it right away as you cover various land use and environmental issues.

"Lead Producer to Pay $7M Fine, Spend $65M on Cleanups"

"St. Louis-based Doe Run Resources Corp., the nation's largest lead producer, will pay a $7 million civil penalty and spend about $65 million more to resolve alleged violations of federal pollution laws at the company's facilities in Missouri, U.S. EPA and the Justice Department announced Friday."

Source: Greenwire, 10/12/2010
October 14, 2010

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