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Environmental brief ~ Bush signs CALFED into law to restore CA waters

[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, President Bush has signed the Water Supply Reliability and Environmental Improvement Act, known as CALFED, into law. The act provides up up to $389 million for environmental restoration and enhancement of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta estuary. CALFED operates as a collaboration between a number of CA and Federal agencies. The DOI press release is here. In other news, the USDA has announced that it will accept 1.188 million acres of land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a program to protect and preserve natural areas. The program compensates farmers that establish long-term conservation practices on highly erodible and environmentally sensitive cropland. There are now 35.6 million acres in the CRP, authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill[PDF]. The USDA press release is here.... The EPA has removed the Mid-America Tanning Company[PDF] Superfund site from the National Priorities list. The site, located in Sergeant Bluff Iowa, had been the location of major chromium leakage. Cleanup began in 1990 and is now complete. The Superfund program operates in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The EPA press release is here.

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