The Rockies Today, April 18



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Montana DEQ sued over water-quality enforcement at Colstrip coal mine
The Montana Environmental Information Center and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in federal court in Helena against the state Department of Environmental Quality alleging that the agency is not doing enough to protect water quality at the coal mine operated by Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. near Colstrip, and requests that the state make the company address water-quality concerns before it be allowed to expand its operations.
Great Falls Tribune; April 18

Canada's new regulations puts pipeline approvals in federal cabinet's hands
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver released details on proposed legislation that will move approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline and similar projects from the National Energy Board to the federal cabinet.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 18

B.C. environment minister: Federal plan to hand off reviews a good one
B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake applauded the federal government's plan to hand off some reviews to provinces, but he cautioned that if Ottawa wants the provinces to enforce federal laws, funding should be provided.
Vancouver Sun; April 18

EPA urges environmental review of plan to export Montana, Wyoming coal
The Environmental Protection Agency urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to closely examine the proposal to export coal from Wyoming and Montana overseas, and urged the Corps to specifically look at the effects of increased diesel fuel emissions and coal dust.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 18
Energy Fuels buys Utah uranium mill
The company that wants to open the nation's first uranium mill in 30 years in Colorado is buying the nation's only operational uranium mill near Blanding, Utah.
Denver Post (Grand Junction Sentinel); April 18

Review finds Wyoming spends 10% of AML funds on reclaiming coal mines
The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund was created more than three decades ago to fund the cleanup of forgotten coal mines, and since its inception, Wyoming has received, or been promised, more than $1 billion, and the state has often used the funds for projects other than the cleanup of mines.; April 17

Elk Foundation's $51K donation will fund wolf control efforts in Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's $51,000 donation to U.S. Wildlife Services will be used to collar some wolves to track their movements and to remove wolves that kill livestock.
Missoulian; April 17

Looking for wildlife in Yellowstone Park — there's an app for that
Yellowstone National Park visitors can now get alerts on their smartphones of wildlife viewing opportunities, which could lead to even larger "bear jams" within the park.
Missoulian (AP); April 18

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