January 12, 2002 |
President Bush signed into law Friday a bill that offers new incentives, including $200 million in aid, for communities and developers to clean up abandoned industrial sites and turn them into commercial, residential and recreational spaces. The law also provides expanded liability protection for those willing to develop such "brownfields." That provision, Bush said, plus the new funding--a doubling of current federal spending for brownfields cleanup--should hasten the restoration of such sites.
December 26, 2001 |
With the nation's attention squarely on war and terrorism, the Bush administration has ruled this fall in business' favor on a range of long-disputed environmental matters. It allowed oil drilling in the red rocks of Utah and canyons of Colorado. It permitted an open-pit gold mine on a California desert site that the Quechan tribe considers sacred. And it signaled to developers across the country that they can, in many cases, build on wetlands without creating ones to replace them.
December 7, 2001 |
Environmentalists sued the Bush administration Thursday to block the president's efforts to accelerate energy exploration on federal land. The lawsuit claims the Bureau of Land Management and its parent agency, the Interior Department, broke the law by not consulting with Indian tribes nor assessing the environmental and cultural damage that could be done before opening a dozen parcels in southern Utah to oil and gas exploration. The environmental groups that filed the suit in U.S.
October 23, 2001 |
High in an alpine meadow, John Gatchell, investigative hiker, spots the tracks. Fat tires have carved deep gashes in a mountain stream bed, leaving a muddy morass and puddles tainted with the telltale iridescence of gasoline. Gatchell pulls out his tape measure and wades knee-deep into the muck. He announces with an edge to his voice the width of the damaged area: 15 feet across.
October 5, 2001 |
A bipartisan effort to forge a major change in federal farm funding for the sake of the environment failed narrowly in the House on Thursday, but support in the Senate and the Bush administration for conservation programs gave sponsors hope that their struggle is not lost. The House voted 226 to 220 to reject an amendment that would have shifted $1.
August 11, 2001 |
President Bush on Friday rued his administration's handling of a decision to reconsider arsenic levels in drinking water, suggesting that the flap unfairly tainted his administration as being anti-environment. "I think we could have handled the environmental issue a little better," Bush conceded during an interview on ABC-TV's "20-20," which aired Friday night. "My administration's made a lot of very thoughtful and environmentally sensitive decisions, but you get no credit for it," he said.