Timber Project

A group of residents from Leadville, Colorado, failed to show the U.S. Forest Service improperly approved a 1,600-acre timber project in the Upper Fryingpan Valley, a federal court in Colorado ruled. The residents claimed the project would have a climate impact because of the biomass fuel it would generate, disruptions to the soil and emissions-producing logging trucks.

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Disaster-Relief Funds

A federal court in California ruled against environmental groups’ that claimed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development used outdated environmental impact statements when it approved the use of disaster relief funds for a logging project and a new biomass plant. The court denied the groups’ motions for a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order, finding the alleged environmental injuries do not “necessarily outweigh the economic concerns.”

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