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Sep
22

Pollution Prevention Week Day 5

Cheers, Montana!  Montana Department of Environmental Equality has partnered with Montana Resources Efficiency Program (MREP) to help businesses function at peak performance by minimizing energy and water consumption, reducing pollution and maximizing productivity.

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Sep
21

Pollution Prevention Week Day 4

During the creation of the Wyoming Voluntary Remediation Program, the Wyoming Legislature recognized the need for facility owners and operators to do everything possible to prevent contaminants from being released to the environment. As a result, in order to encourage pollution prevention activities, the Legislature added the requirement that facilities must implement […]

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Sep
20

Pollution Prevention Week: Day 3

During Pollution Prevention Week we urge you to continue to spread the word: think of ways to prevent pollution in your world, innovate, and do it the green way from the beginning! That’s the key to saving resources and moving toward sustainability.  Visit Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s website for […]

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Sep
19

Pollution Prevent Week Day 2

The Montana State University (MSU) is dedicated to helping the state’s small businesses and local governments use progressive, integrated pollution prevention (P2) strategies to increase productivity, while safe guarding our air, water, land and other natural resources. Learn more about MSUs P2 Program Here

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Sep
18

Pollution Prevention Week! Day 1

Pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source. P2, also known as “source reduction,” is the ounce-of-prevention approach to waste management. Reducing the amount of pollution produced means less waste to control, treat, or dispose of. Less pollution means less hazards posed to […]

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Sep
17

Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post.

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Sep
7

The unprecedented drought that’s crippling Montana and North Dakota

While much of the country’s attention in recent weeks has been on the hurricanes striking southern Texas and the Caribbean, a so-called “flash drought”, an unpredictable, sudden event brought on by sustained high temperatures and little rain, has seized a swathe of the country and left farmers with little remedy. […]

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Sep
5

WHILE TRUMP KEEPS MONUMENT PLAN SECRET, PROPONENTS TOUT THEIR ECONOMIC BENEFITS

The argument that National Monuments impede economic growth doesn’t hold water, say an economist and conservationists. With 98% of public comments in favor of leaving monuments just the way they are, many think the Trump administration is going to make changes to allow more energy and timber development.

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Sep
5

Potent Mix of Record Heat and Dryness Fuels Wildfires Across the West

Wildfires burned across hundreds of thousands of acres in the American and Canadian West this week, fueled by scorching temperatures that are breaking heat and fire records across the region.

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Sep
5

Are Hazardous Vapors Seeping Into Your Basement?

The implicated contaminants — most notoriously chlorinated solvents, such as TCE and tetrachloroethylene (known as perc), as well as benzene — can migrate through soil and groundwater from where they have seeped into the earth from a leak or a spill. Common sources include dry cleaners, gas stations, auto repair shops, military bases and industrial sites, […]

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Aug
25

Menominee Tribe seeks stricter federal oversight in Michigan mine fight.

At issue is the Back Forty mine, a proposed 83-acre open pit gold, zinc and copper mine in the southwestern corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The mine would sit within 150 feet of the Menominee River, which forms the Michigan-Wisconsin border—and is namesake for the Menominee Tribe across the border […]

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Aug
24

Lummi Nation declares state of emergency after salmon spill

The Lummi Nation declared a state of emergency Thursday after a weekend spill of Atlantic salmon from a fish farm in San Juan waters.

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Aug
24

Interior Secretary Proposes Shrinking Four National Monuments

Environmentalists, ranchers, tribal governments and Western lawmakers had been watching closely to see if Mr. Zinke would propose changing the borders of the Bears Ears National Monument, which President Barack Obama established at the end of his term, and other scenic and historic areas under federal protection.

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Aug
20

Border Wall Threatens Native American Sovereignty

How do you draw a single borderline through three separate, overlapping nations? While that might sound like a Zen koan—the geopolitical version of the sound of one hand clapping—it’s the actual predicament facing the Tohono O’odham Nation, a Native American tribe whose territory includes both the United States and Mexico. […]

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Aug
14

Smoke Sense Study: A Citizen Science Project Using a Mobile App

EPA researchers are conducting a citizen science study called Smoke Sense to: Determine the extent to which exposure to wildland fire smoke affects health and productivity Develop health risk communication strategies that protect public health during smoke days

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Aug

Addressing Data Inequities in American Indian Communities Through an Environmental Public Health Tracking Pilot Project

The Tribal Environmental Health Tracking pilot project provides an example of how state public health Tracking programs can be responsive to data inequities, build relationships between tribes/urban Indian communities, and increase their competency for working with indigenous communities.

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Aug
11

MSU offers online Native American Studies course on indigenous planning

Montana State University offers a Fall 2017 online Native American Studies course called Indigenous Planning. The course is open to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at MSU, including professionals working in the field of community planning.

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Aug
5

In court battle over groundwater rights, tribe’s leader demands water treatment

The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will hear an appeal from water agencies and rule in the precedent-setting legal fight over whether the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians holds rights to groundwater in the California desert.

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Aug
3

Can We Put Coal Miners Back to Work in Clean Energy?

The answer is complicated, but ultimately, whether any state, red or blue, will see a clean energy job boom depends on economic factors, chiefly, whether renewable energy is cost-competitive with traditional fuel sources like natural gas or coal. Steadily-falling prices suggest the green jobs boom will likely continue, in spite of Trump’s […]

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Aug
3

Standing Rock Lawsuit Started a Year Ago. Here’s Where We Are Now

On July 27, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for authorizing the construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline. Just over a year later, the project has been completed and carries crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to an export terminal in […]

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