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U.S. House to take up bill to reduce review time for mine permits
Montana U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg is a cosponsor of the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012, legislation that would classify hardrock mining operations as "infrastructure" projects, which would then put them under an executive order issued by President Obama to expedite permitting and review processes for such projects as roads, bridges and transmission lines, and the U.S. House will begin debate on the bill today.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; July 11
Smoke from wildfires in Siberia drive B.C. ozone levels to record highs
Ozone levels in Interior British Columbia rose to 84 parts per billion on Monday, a record level three times higher than the average for July, and smoke from wildfires in Siberia was cited by the province's environment minister as the cause for the record-high levels.
Vancouver Sun (Canada Press); July 11
Another day of triple-digit heat bedevils crews on Idaho wildfires
For a fourth day in a row, triple-digit temperatures hovered over Southwest Idaho, where lightning sparked a dozen fires in the Payette National Forest, and five wildfires in the Boise National Forest.
Idaho Statesman; July 11
Reverse call system in Colorado reached just one in 13 evacuees
When the Waldo Canyon Wildfire roared down into Colorado Springs, the El Paso-Teller County's emergency alert system called 118,000 telephone numbers, but only 1 in 13 calls were actually answered by people, with the majority of the calls going to answering or fax machines or no one at all, as about 20,000 of the calls were simply dropped by the system.
Denver Post; July 11
Response team begins assessing damage caused by Colorado wildfire
A Burned Area Emergency Response, made up of 25 experts in a variety of fields including archaeology, biology and engineering, began moving through the area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado, where they'll spend a week assessing the damage done by the 18,000-acre wildfire.
Denver Post; July 11
NDP leader says report on Enbridge should stop Alberta-B.C. pipeline
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board released its report on Tuesday on Enbridge's handling of the massive oil spill from one of its pipeline's in Michigan in 2010, which said the Alberta company's response to the spill was similar to the "Keystone Kops," and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair cited that report at an event in Victoria, B.C., and said the report should put an end to Enbridge's proposal to build the Northern Gateway Pipeline to carry Alberta oil to B.C. ports.
Calgary Herald (Times Colonist); July 11
Wyoming Game and Fish Commission rejects unlimited mountain lion hunt
At its meeting on Tuesday, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission set a hunting quota of 25 mountain lions in the state's Black Hills district, and raised quotas in the Platte Valley area in southeast Wyoming in Hunt Area 9 and in Hunt Area 31.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 11
BLM extends review, public comment period of Utah coal mine expansion
The Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that it would extend its review of Alton Coal Development's proposal to extend its Kane County coal mine in Utah.
Deseret News; July 11
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