Check out EPA's latest blog post, The Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: An International Human Right, by Danny Gogal of EPA's Office of Environmental Justice. As EPA's lead for international human rights agreements, Danny explains his perspective on how Environment Justice is beginning to be recognized as a human rights issue at home and abroad. "This work is proving to be a viable avenue for raising awareness and harnessing interest in environmental justice, both domestically and internationally."
Northern Secwepemc First Nations Adopt Innovative Mining Policy
This morning, the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw Leadership Council (comprised of the Xat'sull, T'exelc, Tsq'escen' and Stswecem'c/Xgat'tem First Nations, near the city of Williams Lake, BC) announced that they are adopting their own mining policy developed with Fair Mining Collaborative.
In one classroom at UAA, the fiscal policy committee recommended temporary suspension of several mega-projects and a state corporation so they could be closely reviewed by the governor to determine if they should go forward in the new and challenging fiscal environment, said Brian Rogers, the head of that committee and chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Those projects were listed on a large tear sheet at the front of the room as the Knik Arm Bridge, the Juneau Access Road, the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline, the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project, the Ambler Access Road, and the Alaska Aerospace Corp.
Identify and gather information on water quality threatened by industrial and non-point source pollutants; Conduct site visits, when travel funding is available, to assess conditions of the resource(s) in the project area(s); Prioritize projects according to severity of impacts and public process underway during 2008; Monitor projects, participate in public comment periods, administrative processes, assess decisions, file administrative appeals, participate in settlement discussions and, if necessary, file litigation.
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