Logging Exempted from Clean Water Act

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Fri Jun 30 13:44:36 EST 2000

From: "wafcdc at americanlands.org" <wafcdc at americanlands.org>
Subject: Logging Exempted from Clean Water Act 

LANDSCOPE: News and Views from American Lands - June 30, 2000

Logging Exempted from Clean Water Act  

The logging industry was exempted from a recent Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) proposed rule which would have required non-point source
polluting industries to reduce water pollution.  The proposed rule, released
in August of 1999, revises the existing EPA regulations for administering
the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) provisions of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
The proposed rule requires States to set limits on how much pollution would
be allowed for non-point sources such as farming, logging operations and
parking lots that send polluted runoff into streams.  The proposed rule's
language was very weak on agriculture and forestry non-point source
pollution.  In fact, forestry operations would have been exempt for five
years from the publication of the final rule, which according to the EPA
would allow for the "designation" and "adoption" of Best Management
Practices (BMP) programs. 

. . . This exemption is in clear violation of the Clean Water Act's intent.
The EPA should be held accountable to the American public, not the timber
industry, for enforcing regulations that protect our Nations' water.
Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) speaking on behalf of the logging and forest
industry sponsored legislation to exempt the forestry industry from the
rule. The EPA appears to have caved in to pressure from Sen. Lincoln and
timber industry.   For more information contact Daniel A. Hall at American
Lands' Forest and Biodiversity Program, phone: 503-978-0511; email:
wafcbp at teleport.com. 

A Win for Wildlands on the Medicine Bow National Forest:   A recent Forest
Service decision on the Tie Camp Timber sale guarantees protection of
important wildlife habitat including old growth and interior forests and
corridors between the Medicine Bow and Routt ecosystems.  The decision to
stay out of the Coon Creek roadless area means that this area may be
protected by the national roadless policy now in development. Although the
Forest Supervisor Jerry Schmidt made the decision to log around 2 million
board feet, there will be no cutting in roadless areas.  This current
decision by Schmidt departs significantly from an early 1990s Tie Camp
timber sale proposal that would have logged over 12 million board feet; a
1998 sale that would have logged 8 million board feet with hundreds of acres
of clearcutting in roadless areas; and a 1999 decision that would have
authorized cutting 4 million board feet in roadless areas.  All three
earlier timber sales were stopped due to appeals and threatened lawsuits.
For more information contact Jeff Kessler of Biodiversity Associates at
mailto:jkessler at igc.org.   

California Water Board Rules Forest Service Must Meet Water Quality
Standards.  Clean water activists form Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity and
Skiskiyou Counties convinced the Water Quality Control Board for the North
Coast and Klamath Regions that the Forest Service has failed to protect
water quality on the four National Forests under the Board's jurisdiction.
The Board agreed to focus more "attention on oversight" of Forest Service
activities and required the Forest Service to appear before the Board again
in six months to report on National Forest water quality protection
performance.  For more information contact Felice Pace of the Klamath Forest
Alliance, phone: 916-467-5405; mailto:felicep at sisqtel.net.    

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