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The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a ruling from last year in which a state District Court judge criticized the Montana Public Service Commission’s handling of a rate contract dispute between a solar power developer and NorthWestern Energy.
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Tribal leaders have worked to keep the coronavirus off their reservations because of its deadly impact on Native populations. But careful avoidance of the virus has handcuffed the tribes as they face a devastating fire season.
While it’s long been known that smoke can be dangerous when in the thick of it — triggering asthma attacks, cardiac arrests, hospitalizations and more — new research confirmed what public health experts feared: Wildfire haze can have consequences long after it’s gone.
The outcome of Montana’s Senate race will help decide control of the upper chamber of Congress, and both Steve Daines and Steve Bullock are touting their environmental credentials.
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A council of 44 people appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock spent more than a year developing a climate plan. The council advanced more than 50 recommendations for the state to consider, 40 of which were unanimous.
A day after Montana Gov. Steve Bullock sued to remove acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley from his post, public lands advocates and Montana’s Democratic senator are calling for hearings on Pendley’s nomination to lead a federal agency responsible for managing millions of acres of public lands, saying he is unfit for the position.
Land managers and the general population both are making strides toward appreciating fire’s role in healthy forest ecosystems. But concerns generated by COVID-19 could reverse some of that progress as fire managers in the Northern Rockies prepare for a wildfire response that skews heavily toward suppression.
The lawsuit claims violations of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the government’s trust responsibilities to the tribes.