Enbridge Must Restore Environment Injured by
2010 Kalamazoo River Oil Spill
Birds oiled during a 2010 spill in Michigan on a Kalamazoo River tributary.
Photo by USFWS
June 8, 2015
Federal, state and tribal officials, acting as natural resource Trustees, announced a natural resource damage (NRD) settlement with Enbridge that will result in multiple resource restoration projects along the Kalamazoo River and will pay an additional sum of nearly $4 million. The NRD settlement addresses environmental injuries caused by the 2010 rupture of Enbridge’s Line 6B pipeline in Michigan that resulted in one of the largest inland oil spills in United States history. Trustees arrived at the NRD settlement in conjunction with a comprehensive settlement between the State of Michigan and Enbridge. The NRD settlement, which is being filed in federal court, provides funding to the Trustees to conduct natural resource restoration, reimburses agencies for assessment and restoration costs, and incorporates additional requirements from the state settlement for Enbridge to conduct restoration and monitoring. More details on the NRD settlement can be found at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/nrda/MichiganEnbridge/.
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Michigan Enbridge Natural Resource Damage Assessment
May 14, 2015
Contaminants Specialist is Part of a Team that Wins a National Award from U.S. EPA
U.S. EPA included Dr. Lisa L. Williams of the East Lansing Field Office as part of the Midland Areas Soil Cleanup Team that has just received the 2015 National Notable Achievement Award for Outstanding Use of Innovative Approaches to Achieve RCRA Permitting or Corrective Action Program Goals.
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May 13, 2015
Sharing with Tribes: FWS Role in NRDAR Presented at 2nd National Tribal NRDAR Conference
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as
Threatened under The Endangered Species Act
Northern long-eared bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome; a disease caused by the fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans.
Photo Courtesy of Steve Tayler; University of Illinois
April 1, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations.
At the same time, the Service issued an interim special rule that eliminates unnecessary regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others in the range of the northern long-eared bat. The public is invited to comment on this interim rule as the Service considers whether modifications or exemptions for additional categories of activities should be included in a final 4(d) rule that will be finalized by the end of the calendar year. The Service is accepting public comments on the proposed rule until July 1, 2015 and may make revisions based on additional information it receives.
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Northern Long-eared Bat - Michigan Known Hibernacula and Roost Tree Locations - Updated May 15, 2015 (5-page PDF )
Service Teams With Conservation Partners to Launch
Campaign to Save Beleaguered Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterflies on New England aster.
Photo Courtesy of Joel Trick
February 9, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today launched a major new campaign aimed at saving the declining monarch butterfly. The Service signed a cooperative agreement with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), announced a major new funding initiative with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and pledged an additional $2 million in immediate funding for on-the-ground conservation projects around the country. Introducing the new initiatives at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. were Service Director Dan Ashe, U.S. Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar, NWF President and CEO Collin O’Mara, and NFWF representatives.
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Service Announces Annual Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Jan. 30, 2015: Youth across the nation are encouraged to apply to the 2015 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. The contest encourages kids to express their knowledge and support of conservation efforts through creative and original artwork. The contest also promotes ...
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Special
Rule to Focus Protections for
Northern Long-Eared Bat:
Rule Would Apply if Species is Listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act
Northern long-eared bats hibernating in a cave in Missouri.
Photo Courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation
January 15, 2015
In response to the rapid and severe decline of the northern long-eared bat – a species important for crop pest control – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a special rule under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would provide the maximum benefit to the species while limiting the regulatory burden on the public.
If finalized, the rule, under section 4(d) of the ESA, would apply only in the event the Service lists the bat as “threatened.” The Service’s proposal will appear in the Federal Register Jan. 16, 2015, opening a 60-day public comment period.
“White-nose syndrome is having a devastating effect on the nation’s bat populations, which play a vital role in sustaining a healthy environment and save billions of dollars by controlling forest and agricultural pests,” said Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “We need to do what we can to make sure we are putting commonsense protections in place that support vulnerable bat species but are targeted to minimize impact on human activities. Through this proposed 4(d) rule, we are seeking public comment on how we can use the flexibilities inherent in the ESA to protect the bat and economic activity.”
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