The Environment

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  NOAA Scientists Pressured to Change Data, Suppress FindingsJune 30, 2005 00:00 Nearly one quarter of polled NOAA scientists report being pressured by political appointees at the agency to inappropriately alter or exclude data from reports that would support threatened or endangered species. Nearly one third report being told to suppress findings for the same reason. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) charge that NOAA is unable to carry out its mandate of protecting species and the environment under the weight of political pressure.
  Endangered Species Act revisionJune 29, 2005 00:00 The misnamed Threatend and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005, introduced by Richard Pombo (R-CA), seeks to bury the ESA in paperwork, extend the process for establishing conservation measures, and foil environmental organizations.
  Let's Bomb WillyJune 26, 2005 00:00 The Senate has approved a plan to use sub-aqueous explosions to map oil reserves on the edges of the continental shelf. The plan has been opposed by Florida, North Carolina, and other coastal states. The plan covers 1.6 billion acres of underwater land and scientists claim that the loud sound may harm endangered Right whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and other marine life.
  Overfishing rules to consider socioeconomic factorsJune 22, 2005 00:00 The Bush administration is attempting to change the way that overfishing is calculated to include socioeconomic factors. Conservationists fear that the rule will increase fishing of endangered species of marine life. Email comments are being taken by NOAA at nationalstandard1@noaa.gov.
  Housatonic river choking in PCB'sJune 20, 2005 00:00 So much for self policing. New England's Housatonic River has been found to be heavily polluted by PCB's that were waste from a General Electric plant. The PCB's pose health risks to people, river otters, minks, frogs, and other water creatures.