User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
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Letter: Honor the history and beauty of Bears Ears 20.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
I am writing because of my concern over losing our newly minted Bears Ears National Monument. Some people believe that former President Barack Obama’s designation of Bears Ears as a national monument was federal overreach. However, what Obama did was honor a seven-year-long process of intertribal negotiation with five Native American tribes and many other groups based in Utah. Others believe that only Utah politicians know how to best care for our public lands. However, from what I’ve witnessed,...
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Trump promised a coal renaissance — but keeping open this Arizona plant will test his resolve 17.2.2017 LA Times: Nation

On Navajo Nation territory near Page, Ariz., news this week about plans to shutter a hulking coal plant that has been the workhorse of the struggling local economy for decades came like a punch to the gut.

Now tribes and plant workers are demanding relief from the person who vowed to end these...

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Chaffetz faces harsh criticism during packed town hall 10.2.2017 AP Politics
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz was met by frequent, deafening boos at a Thursday town hall as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating President Donald Trump's tax returns to Planned Parenthood....
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Chaffetz faces harsh criticism during packed town hall 10.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz was met by frequent, deafening boos at a Thursday town hall as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Planned Parenthood. A young girl asked the Republican about his plans to protect the air and water and the crowd booed […]
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AP Explains: What is the EPA, and why is it in the hot seat? 27.1.2017 AP Business
The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts for the department. Here's a look at the EPA....
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On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The sound always came first, a low buzz that grew and grew until it roared through the valley. Then the olive-colored plane appeared overhead, flying low. In its wake was a thick shower of oily droplets making a long, slow fall to the forested gullies below.

Kids on the Apache reservation back...

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Letter: Read the Bears Ears Proclamation 14.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Gov. Gary Herbert, State Auditor John Dougall, Attorney General Sean Reyes and Utah’s congressional delegation should read the Bears Ears National Monument proclamation before they make public and printed statements. If they read it they would know all present uses will be maintained, including grazing, mining, hunting, hiking, Native Americans gathering firewood, sacred and medicinal plants and access to sacred sites. Five tribes came together to make this national monument happen. The major...
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Lummi clammers, dairy farmers team up to clean bacteria-polluted bay, rather than fight 13.1.2017 Seattle Times: Local

With local clam harvesting shut down since 2014 because of bacterial pollution, dairy farmers and Lummi tribal leaders are partnering to clean up Portage Bay in Whatcom County.
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Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It? 9.1.2017 NPR News
The newly created monument preserves 1.3 million acres in Utah where natives have foraged for millennia. But critics who point to the land's energy extraction potential want the designation undone.
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Letter: Bears Ears Monument a step toward righting a historical wrong 9.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
American colonists were impelled to form a nation of their own when threatened with the powerful external forces of the British Empire. Our nation was formed at the expense (and displacement) of the Native Americans. Hundreds of years later, Utah’s politicians profess to support the protection of 1.4 million acres of native people’s ancestral lands as a Bears Ears National Conservation Area, proposed in Rep. Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative. However, as the years have gone by, Congress and U...
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Final EPA analysis on Gold King Mine spill says there were no long-term water quality effects 7.1.2017 Denver Post: Local
The Gold King Mine spill did not have a long-term impact on the water quality of the Animas and San Juan rivers, a final Environmental Protection Agency analysis of the disaster's effect released Friday has found, adding that aquatic life does not appear to have been immediately effected.
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What Hashtagged In 2016? Women's Rights, Pollution And Pokemon Go 30.12.2016 NPR News
They were used to clap back at a racist cartoon and express grief for the Syrian war. The world in 2016, captured in hashtags.
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Obama expands environmental legacy with 2 Western monuments 29.12.2016 AP National
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monument designations on lands in Utah and Nevada that have become flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West....
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Obama expands environmental legacy with 2 Western monuments 29.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monuments designations on lands in Utah and Nevada that have become flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover 1.35 million acres in […]
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Tribune Editorial: Utah should accept Bears Ears Monument and work to make it a success 29.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
It was the right thing to do. The designation of a Bears Ears National Monument, covering 1.35 million acres of southeastern Utah, was announced Wednesday from the White House. It is somewhat smaller than the 1.9 million acres that had been sought by an alliance of Native American tribal governments in order to protect lands and artifacts they consider sacred from continued encroachment of irresponsible pillaging and short-sighted mineral extraction. President Obama’s decision was followed, pre...
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Obama names Utah, Nevada monuments despite opposition 29.12.2016 AP National
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West, marking the administration's latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days....
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Obama names Utah, Nevada monuments despite opposition 29.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West, marking the administration’s latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will […]
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Op-ed: Leaking gas is wasting our resources and our lungs 25.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Natural gas is a fuel source used to warm homes. As Utah’s population grows, the demand for natural gas grows. As burning fuel of any sort makes precursors to wintertime particulate pollution in the Wasatch Front, Breathe Utah always reminds consumers to be conservative in how we use gas. Furthermore, since by-products of fossil fuel extraction give rise to wintertime pollution in the Uinta Basin, a responsible approach to extraction is just as important. Unfortunately, a huge amount of natural...
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Bears Ears monument foes, boosters will rally at Utah Capitol today 20.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
In an effort to present a united front against an anticipated national monument designation, all of Utah’s top political leaders and several state and local elected officials plan to lead a rally Monday afternoon on the Capitol steps in Salt Lake City, demanding outgoing President Barack Obama refrain from “unilaterally” setting aside the Bears Ears region. Led by Gov. Gary Herbert, they say such an “abuse” of executive power, authorized under the 1906 Antiquities Act, goes against the principle... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
Mohawks become first tribe to take down a federal dam 11.12.2016 Seattle Times: Local

HOGANSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — A century after the first commercial dam was built on the St. Regis River, blocking the spawning runs of salmon and sturgeon, the stream once central to the traditional culture of New York’s Mohawk Tribe is flowing freely once again. The removal of the 11-foot-high Hogansburg Dam this fall is the […]
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