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May 15, 2014

The fight for more water continues

Earlier this week, several parties in the Consolidated Smelt Cases (the Department of Water Resources, the State Water Contractors, and the Federal Water Contractors) filed petitions for rehearing before the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  (The court has already asked for a response from the federal agencies and their environmental group def ...

September 10, 2012

Today's Delta smelt hearing: What you need to know

This morning the Ninth Circuit heard argument in the consolidated Delta smelt appeals.  At issue was Judge Oliver Wanger's decision overturning the 2008 Delta smelt biological opinion, authored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The appeals raise extremely complex scientific and administrative law issues, and that complexity was made clear d ...

March 22, 2011

The cost of truth

Author: Brian T. Hodges If truth is held to be a virtue, then why did Washington's environmental agencies work so hard to stifle a bill that would require them to demonstrate that science used to develop environmental regulations passes the peer-review "sniff test?" The answer (drum-role please): money.  Washington's Department of Commerce (w ...