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Environmental brief ~ US Forest Service pro-logging ad campaign ruled legal

[JURIST] In Monday's environmental law news, the Government Accountability Office has issued a report saying that the US Forest Service did not violate federal laws that prohibit spending for publicity or propaganda purposes not authorized by Congress. At issue was a $90,000 contract given to a San Francisco-based PR firm to promote the USFS's plan to triple logging in Sierra Nevada forests. The campaign justified the controversial increase in logging as necessary to avoid catastrophic wildfires. The GAO report is not yet available online. AP has more.

In other environmental law news...

  • The Israeli Cabinet heard from a panel of international experts calling for an immediate stop to fish farming on the Red Sea, specifically near the resort town of Eilat. The scientists argue that waste from the farm is wrecking the natural balance of the clear warm waters that allow a unique coral reef to survive. The coral reef is the northern-most in the world and is now 70 percent dead. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised a Cabinet decision within weeks. AP has the full story.

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