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Environmental brief ~ FWS eases restrictions on Beluga caviar

[JURIST] In Thursday's environmental law news, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced an interim special rule [PDF] that will allow trade in products derived from Beluga Sturgeon (Huso huso) consistent with regulatory requirements already in force under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The FWS press release is here.... In other news, Rebecca Watson, the assistant secretary of Land and Minerals Management in the Department of the Interior, has announced the Solar Energy Development Policy [PDF], a land-management policy designed to encourage solar energy resources on public lands. The policy is made in accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The DOI press release is here.... The EPA has cited the Sheetz Corporation for violating federal and state regulations designed to prevent fuel leaks from underground storage tanks at two gas and convenience stores in Winchester VA. The EPA press release is here. More on EPA's underground storage tank program is here.... The Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comments on a proposed rule that would reintroduce two fish, the Boulder Darter (Etheostoma wapiti) and the Spotfin Chub (Cyprinella monacha), into their historical habitat in the Shoal Creek in Alabama and Tennessee. The action is proposed in accordance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (as amended). The Boulder Darter is an endangered species, and the Spotfin Chub is listed as a threatened species. Comments can be made until December 20 here.

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