In Thursday's environmental law news, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation today creating the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. It is California's largest at 25 million acres, and runs from the Oregon border to Kern County. The press release is here. He also signed legislation prohibiting cruise ships from incinerating trash or dumping graywater within three miles of the California coast. The bills are here (incineration) and here (graywater). Reuters has more.
In other environmental law news...
- Eight environmental groups have filed suit in federal district court in Seattle against the EPA arguing that rule changes made in July allow the agency to review some pesticides in alleged violation of the Endangered Species Act. The Act says the EPA must consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service each time it licenses a new pesticide. AP has more.
- The US has submitted a proposal to add great white sharks to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) treaty. The US also hopes to ease restrictions on the American bald eagle, citing a dramatic improvement in its population. The UN convention is scheduled to meet in Thailand in October. AP has more.