A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the tourism agency and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines. Read more here. Like this post? Chip in $5 to AFP.
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Governor Jerry Brown said Monday that California’s high-speed rail project will not be stopped by a judge’s ruling that project officials failed to comply with provisions of Proposition 1A, the initiative in which voters approved initial funding for the project in 2008. Read more here. Like this post? Chip in $5 to AFP.
At 40 years old, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 is in dire need of a mid-life makeover. This well-intentioned law gives the federal government nearly unlimited power to regulate the use of private lands in the name of protecting endangered species. But as decades of experience show, the act is neither as effective nor [...]