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Federal appeals court OK's EPA rules on greenhouse-gas emissions
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously backed the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
New York Times; June 27
Montana governor declares emergency in 4 counties due to wildfires
On Tuesday, Gov. Brian Schweitzer declared an emergency in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, Jefferson and Madison due to the extremely high wildfire danger and the wildfires burning in those counties, including the Corral Fire burning near Helena is more than 1,825 acres in size.
Helena Independent Record; June 27
Fatality reported on Utah's largest wildfire
Fire crews fighting the 46,000-acre Wood Hollow Fire in Utah found a body near the town of Fairview, as wild winds pushed the fire closer to the Sanpete County town as well as Birdseye in Utah County, forcing residents of those towns from their homes, and another wildfire ignited on the mountain on the other side of Fairview.
Deseret News; June 27
Fierce winds drive Colorado wildfire to double its size overnight
Firefighters fought through the night Tuesday night as high winds sent the Waldo Fire near Colorado Springs to double its size to 15,324 acres Wednesday morning, and one official said 100 homes had been burned down.
Colorado Springs Gazette; June 27
Record rainfall pushes reservoir on Montana, B.C. border to near capacity
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to release water through Libby Dam to keep Lake Koocanusa on the border of British Columbia and Montana from reaching full pool, but those releases have pushed the Kootenai River above flood stage at Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; June 27
Utah oilshale project on hold pending water analysis
Living Rivers was prepared to present its argument challenging the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining's permit to Red Leaf Resources to mine oilshale in the Uinta Basin on the grounds the project threatened groundwater resources in the area, but the hearing was put on hold to allow the state Division of Water Quality to complete its analysis.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 27
Solar-installation that powers 17 miles of Colorado interstate dedicated
Adamas Energy Investments and California-basedMartifer Solar USA financed, installed and built the solar installation dedicated Tuesday that will streetlights, message signs, toll collection plazas and equipment, as well as the maintenance facilities and the E-470 administrative headquarters along a 17-mile stretch of E-470 in Aurora, Colo.
Denver Post; June 27
Wyoming governor urges EPA to drop new rule on coal-plant emissions
In a letter to Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gov. Matt Mead said that proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants are unachievable, will hinder research into cleaner coal technology and will harm Wyoming's economy, as the nation's top-producing coal state.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); June 27
Idaho congressman's federal lands bill looks beyond November elections
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador's Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act would create a pilot project in Idaho, turning over about 1 percent of the 20 million acres of national forest lands in Idaho to state management, and while the GOP lawmaker knows the bill won't pass now, he believes it will have a better chance after the November elections.
Idaho Statesman; June 27
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