skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Tribal advocates keep up legal pressure for fair political maps; 12-member jury sworn in for Trump's historic criminal trial; the importance of healthcare decision planning; and a debt dilemma: poll shows how many people wrestle with college costs.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Civil rights activists say a court ruling could end the right to protest in three southern states, a federal judge lets January 6th lawsuits proceed against former President Trump, and police arrest dozens at a Columbia University Gaza protest.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

MT seeks public input on environmental policy

play audio
Play

Friday, October 13, 2023   

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality wants to know what people think the state's next Environmental Policy Act should include. Critics claim the state is using the public input process as a stall tactic to avoid implementing important environmental rules now.

The DEQ's move is a response to a judge's high-profile decision earlier this year supporting young climate activists who claimed Montana's fossil-fuels policy violates their constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment.

Derf Johnson, deputy director of the Montana Environmental Information Center, said the state DEQ was ordered to get public comment as it drafts the state's environmental policy as a condition of the court case, known as Held v. Montana.

"A court decision that basically ordered the State of Montana to actually evaluate and consider climate change as part of its permitting process," he said. "A stable climate is part of that right to a clean, healthful environment that we're guaranteed here in Montana."

Johnson argued that while public input is crucial, the state could be implementing key parts of the act now, and the public input process will delay enacting important parts of it.

Johnson said he thinks some of the most critical input will be about the effects of oil and gas leases, coal mines and power plants. He added that Montana could easily implement a tool the federal government has been using "for quite some time now, through a tool called the 'social cost of carbon.' That tool has precedent in terms of how it's implemented, case law surrounding it. That's something that they could have been implementing years ago. "

The DEQ has scheduled three public input sessions and is considering adding a fourth. It has also established an online public comment portal through Dec. 1.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
In Pennsylvania, more than 400,000 people are living with Alzheimer's disease. (C. Nathaniel Brown)

Health and Wellness

play sound

Alzheimer's disease is the eighth-leading cause of death in Pennsylvania. A documentary on the topic debuts Saturday in Pittsburgh. "Remember Me: …


Social Issues

play sound

April is Financial Literacy Month, when the focus is on learning smart money habits but also how to protect yourself from fraud. One problem on the …

Environment

play sound

Arizona conservation groups and sportsmen alike say they're pleased the Bureau of Land Management will now recognize conservation as an integral part …


Social Issues

play sound

The need for child care and early learning is critical, especially in rural Arkansas. One nonprofit is working to fill those gaps by giving providers …

Workers harvest a field before the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. (Jeff Huth/Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

An annual march for farmworkers' rights is being held Sunday in northwest Washington. This year, marchers are focusing on the conditions for local …

Social Issues

play sound

A new Gallup and Lumina Foundation poll unveils a concerning reality: Hoosiers may lack clarity about the true cost of higher education. The survey …

Environment

play sound

As state budget negotiations continue, groups fighting climate change are asking California lawmakers to cut subsidies for oil and gas companies …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021