Ted Williams's Blog Archive December, 2011

PARK SERVICE SCRAMBLES TO SAVE FACE IN PLASTIC BOTTLE FIASCO

Focused Public Pressure Trumped Corporate Influence on National Park Policies

Washington, DC — To quell an unexpectedly large public outcry, the National Park Service (NPS) hastily reversed direction last week in allowing parks to ban sales of disposable plastic water bottles. The agency had been circulating a draft policy requiring parks provide “continued disposable water bottle availability” until recent media coverage of the role Coca Cola and other bottlers played in scuttling a water bottle ban at Grand Canyon National Park just days before it went into effect, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA’s Fisheries Service Propose Policy to Improve Implementation of Endangered Species Act

Contacts:
Vanessa Kauffman (FWS)
703-358-2138, vanessa_kauffman@fws.gov Connie Barclay/Monica Allen (NOAA)
(301) 427-8003, connie.barclay@noaa.gov, monica.allen@noaa.gov
A new federal policy proposed today will help clarify which species or populations of species are eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act and will provide for earlier and more effective opportunities to conserve declining species.