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[ Obama’s Proclamation of National Wilderness Month Is Fitting during 50-Year Milestone for the Wilderness Act ]

Michael Reinemer
The Wilderness Society thanks President Obama for his proclamation declaring September 2014

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[ Benefits of the Wilderness Act Continue to Grow at 50-Year Milestone ]

Michael Reinemer

Next week, Americans across the country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s most effective conservation laws, the Wilderness Act.  Signed by President Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Act was a h

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[ The Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams appears on CBS This Morning ]

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[ SF Giants host Wilderness Society for celebration of 50th ]

Though everyone had a great time, this was no ordinary afternoon at AT&T Park.

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[ Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates centennial ]

Rocky Mountain National Park will be honoring the 100th anniversary of the park’s protection for the next year, through Sept. 4, 2015.

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[ Kellogg Sets Bold Sustainability Goals for 2020 ]

Fans of Frosted Flakes and Eggo, two Kellogg Co. brands, who are also champions of sustainability have something to cheer about: Kellogg announced new social and environmental commitments earlier this month.

Among other things, the company committed to responsibly source its top 10 ingredients and materials by 2020. The 10 ingredients include corn, wheat, rice, oats, potatoes, sugar (beets and cane), cocoa, palm oil, fruits and honey. A combination of certification and documented continuous improvement will be used. In addition, Kellogg will validate compliance across all of its direct suppliers by 2015.

Kellogg will work with its global palm oil suppliers to source “fully traceable” palm oil, as stated on its website, from certified sources that are “environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.” It will require its suppliers to comply with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria by Dec. 31, 2015. The majority of palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia, and palm oil plantations are causing massive rainforest destruction in both countries.

Kellogg will source cocoa, fruits and honey through direct investment where continuous improvement occurs in the areas where those ingredients are grown. The company will engage with its suppliers and local experts and will assess continuous improvement on metrics such as water fertilizer use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and livelihoods. It will source sugarcane from sources that are both responsible and sustainable using Bonsucro measurement standards, a global metric standard for sugarcane.

Get the full story from TriplePundit here.

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[ ExxonMobil Pipeline Company to Pay Civil Penalty Under Proposed Settlement for Torbert, Louisiana Oil Spill ]

Settlement Resolves Clean Water Act Violation Stemming from 2012 Spill

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (ExxonMobil) has agreed to pay a civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 crude oil spill from ExxonMobil’s “North Line” pipeline near Torbert, Louisiana, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.  Under the consent decree lodged today in federal court, ExxonMobil will pay $1,437,120 to resolve the government’s claim.

The United States’ complaint, which was also filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, alleges that ExxonMobil discharged at least 2,800 barrels (or 117,000 gallons) of crude oil in violation of Section 311 of the Clean Water Act.  On April 28, 2012, ExxonMobil’s 20/22-inch-diamater pipeline ruptured near Torbert, about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge, and crude oil spilled into the surrounding area and flowed into an unnamed tributary connected to Bayou Cholpe.

“All businesses have an obligation to protect their workers, the local community and the environment in which they operate,” said Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at EPA. “EPA is committed to protecting communities by enforcing laws that reduce pollution in local waterways.”

“Oil spills into our nation’s waters endanger public health and the environment and warrant concerted enforcement efforts,” said Sam Hirsch, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.  “Today’s settlement achieves a just result and furthers our enforcement mission.”

The $1.4 million penalty is in addition to the costs incurred by ExxonMobil to respond to the oil spill and to replace the segment of ruptured pipeline.  ExxonMobil is completing cleanup actions pursuant to an administrative order issued by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.  The company also continues to do follow-up work and to operate under a Corrective Action Order issued by the United States Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The Clean Water Act makes it unlawful to discharge oil or hazardous substances into or upon the navigable waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines in quantities that may be harmful to the environment or public health.  The penalty paid for this spill will be deposited in the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund managed by the National Pollution Fund Center.  The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is used to pay for federal response activities and to compensate for damages when there is a discharge or substantial threat of discharge of oil or hazardous substances to waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines.

The proposed consent decree, lodged in the Middle District of Louisiana, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court review and approval.  A copy of the consent decree is available on the Department of Justice website at www.justice.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html.

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[ Remembering 1st African American head of National Park Service, 17 years later ]

Stanton was sworn in as the first African-American director of the NPS in 1997, but his path to that lofty perch was not an easy one.

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[ Tons of Emissions from Power Plants Are Already Locked In, Study Says ]

The world’s existing power plants are locking in more than 300 billion tons of future emissions that aren’t being accounted for, a new study says.

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