Papahanaumokuakea Review Spurs Tension With Conservation Groups, Fisheries

President Donald Trump’s targeting of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the northwest Hawaiian Islands for national review has revived a lopsided debate between Native Hawaiians, senators, scientists and conservation groups in favor of the monument’s designation, and an activist fishery council mainly concerned with “maximizing longline yields.”

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Threat of Wetland Deregulation Inspires Records Suit

Worried that federal regulators will weaken federal wetland protections, a nonprofit brought a federal complaint to expose whether outside groups influenced an executive order targeting the Clean Water Rule.

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Timber Industry Says Cascade-Siskiyou Protections Threaten Loggers

A lobbying group for the timber industry claims the last minute expansion of protections for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by former President Barack Obama threatens to push loggers into poverty and violates a Congressional mandate which protects their industry.

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Nonprofit Fights Approval of New Outer Banks Bridge

A North Carolina nonprofit sued the Federal Highway Administration and state Department of Transportation claiming they approved construction of a bridge in the state’s Outer Banks region without conducting a proper environmental review.

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