Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Justice Opens 30-Day Public Comment Period on Proposed Settlement with Debtors at Peck Iron & Metal Superfund Site, Norfolk County, Virginia
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These wetlands in the Paradise Creek watershed have received contaminated surface runoff from the Peck Iron and Metal Superfund site in Portsmouth, Norfolk County, Virginia.
On February 28, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed settlement between the U.S. and the debtors of Canal Corporation in bankruptcy court for environmental liabilities, including natural resource damage claims, at the Peck Iron and Metal Superfund site in Portsmouth, Norfolk County, Virginia. The proposed settlement is embodied in a Settlement Agreement that was lodged with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, on February 16.
Elevated levels of PCBs and lead have been found at the 33-acre Peck Iron and Metal Superfund site and in nearby wetlands and sediments of Paradise Creek. The release of these hazardous substances from the site into Paradise Creek likely caused injuries to natural resources and natural resource services. Paradise Creek, which borders the site on the southwest, flows into the southern branch of the Elizabeth River. The southern branch of the Elizabeth River has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the most contaminated tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.
This settlement resolves a proof of claim in bankruptcy court. Department of the Interior will receive an allowed general unsecured claim in the amount of $3,889 for natural resource damages. Department of the Interior, acting through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the only natural resource trustee participating in the proposed settlement.
Written comments regarding the proposed Settlement Agreement must be received by the U.S. Department of Justice by March 29, 2012.