Environmental Protection Agency – Focusing on Wildlife
Oct 292017
POLL: Should Trump be allowed to "roll back" the Clean Water Act?

October is the month for scary stories, so here goes. Once upon a time, there were no federal standards to protect water quality in our rivers, streams, bays, and lakes. The result? Rivers like Ohio’s Cuyahoga River caught fire multiple times before the infamous fire in 1969. The average loss of wetlands in the United […]

Nov 012013
Dwindling Arctic Sea Ice Forces 10,000 Walruses Ashore

When we discuss sea ice here at NWF, we’re usually talking about polar bears. But this month, the annual loss of sea ice in the Arctic is affecting another marine mammal: walruses.Right now, melting ice caused by climate change is putting thousands of Pacific walruses that were forced onto shore in Alaska at risk of […]

Oct 032013
Stop Hard Rock Mines from Poisoning Grizzlies

In a huge victory for wildlife, Anglo American, one of the two companies seeking to build Alaska’s controversial Pebble mine, is dropping the project in the face of growing public concern over the mine’s impacts upon wildlife and Native communities in the Bristol Bay region. The Pebble mine would be the largest open pit mine […]

Sep 092013
BirdWatch Ireland condemns call for an “open season” on Hen Harriers

BirdWatch Ireland (BirdLife in Ireland) has recently condemned comments made by Limerick County Council Chairman John Sheahan urging the removal of protection for Hen Harriers, as reported in the Limerick Leader on 20th July 2013.Chm. Sheahan called for an “open season” on the Hen Harrier, one of Ireland’s most threatened birds of prey, unless changes […]

Jul 242013
Organophosphates: A Common But Deadly Pesticide

The pesticides blamed for killing at least 25 children in India are widely used around the world, including in the United States, and health experts have raised safety concerns about this class of chemicals in the past. Known as organophosphates, the pesticides were developed in Germany in the 1940s and soon became an important defense […]

Apr 122013
Ban pesticides linked to bee deaths, say MPs

The UK government should suspend the use of a number of pesticides linked to the deaths of bees, a committee of MPs has said. Members of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee are calling for a moratorium on the use of sprays containing neonicotinoids. Britain has refused to back an EU ban on these chemicals saying […]

Mar 142013
Pesticide Manufacturer Contests EPA Decision to Ban 12 d-CON Products

Pesticide manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser yesterday formally appealed the January 30 action by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking a federal ban on the sale of 12 d-CON mouse and rat poison products. In submitting its request for a hearing by an Administrative Law Judge, Reckitt Benckiser is engaging in a legal battle with EPA […]

Feb 022013
EPA to Exterminate Some d-CON Rat Poisons

(Washington, D.C., January 30, 2013) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today figuratively flipped the advertising slogan “Get Out” used by d-CON rat-poison manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser right back at them by announcing the Federal Government’s intention to ban the sale of 12 d-CON mouse and rat poison products. EPA’s action follows its draft Notice of […]

Oct 282012
Protected Species May be Killed by Proposed Prairie Dog Control, Environmental Groups Charge

(Washington, D.C., October 16 , 2012) Defenders of Wildlife, American Bird Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Audubon of Kansas have urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject an application by Scimetrics to use the rodenticide Kaput-D for the control of black-tailed prairie dogs in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma, […]

Oct 082012
The Wedge Pack, a Washington State Wolf Pack, Exterminated Because Of One Arrogant Rancher

The gray wolf is an endangered species throughout Washington under state law and is endangered under federal law in the western two-thirds of the state. Wolves were once common throughout most of Washington, but declined rapidly from being aggressively killed during the expansion of ranching and farming between 1850 and 1900. Wolves were eliminated as […]