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Common sense, pragmatic rules to protect against structural failure, water and air pollution


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants. The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the catastrophic Kingston, Tenn., spill in 2008, and establishes safeguards to prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions from coal ash disposal.


Feds, Scallop Industry Prevail Over Oceana in Long-Running Court Challenge on Sea Turtles


The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released a decision in Oceana's long-running challenge to National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) Biological Opinion for the scallop fishery, in which the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF) participated as a Defendant-Intervenor.  This was the seventh challenge by Oceana under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to NMFS' assessment of the Atlantic sea scallop fishery in which FSF has intervened. As previously, in the present lawsuit, captioned OCEANA, INC. v. PRITZKER et al, NMFS and FSF prevailed on every major challenge.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases 2014 List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act Protection


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the Candidate Notice of Review, a yearly status appraisal of plants and animals that are candidates for Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection. Twenty-two species from Hawaii and one from Independent Samoa and American Samoa were added to the candidate list, one species was removed, and one has changed in priority from the last review conducted in November 2013. There are now 146 species recognized by the Service as candidates for ESA protection.


Fresh Produce Volume Remains Steady

Report Spotlight Also Explores Growth in Value-Added Convenience Items

United Fresh Produce Association released the Q3 2014 edition of the FreshFacts® on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce. The report shows that, during this quarter, fruit and vegetable volume remained steady compared to the previous year, while dollar sales increased slightly due to a small increase in average retail price.


E2 to EPA: Clean Power Plan’s flexibility and strong market signal will create new business opportunities, add jobs

Better modeling for potential of renewables, energy efficiency would strengthen plan

The federal Clean Power Plan is a cornerstone economic and environmental policy that’s garnering strong support from a broad coalition of business leaders because of its flexibility and the clear market signal it sends to the private sector, according to comments the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


United Fresh Statement on SNA Policy Statement

Statement of Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association - On Announcement of School Nutrition Association’s 2015 Position Paper

While we agree with many recommendations in the School Nutrition Association’s 2015 Position Paper, we are deeply disappointed that SNA has chosen to continue its ill-advised fight against serving kids more fruits and vegetables in schools.  The requirement that kids receive one-half cup of fruits or vegetables in school meals is being successfully met by tens of thousands of schools across the country.  This is a modest step for the health of our children, especially in these critical learning years.  When health classes teach students to make Half Their Plate consist of fruits and vegetables, it would be unconscionable for the school cafeteria to undercut that message by not serving at least one-half cup in school meals.


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