Weekly Environmental News: June 2 – June 8, 2013 – Gray wolf delisting, Offshore wind turbines in Maine and more

Gray Wolf Delisting Controversy Continues with FWS Proposal

The United States Fish and Wildlife recently resurrected a proposal to delist gray wolves nationwide (lower 48 states). This proposal comes after the Rocky Mountain area gray wolf was removed from endangered species protection lists in 2011 and 2012. The World Conservation Center reports that 1600 wolves have been killed by hunters since the protection has been lifted in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Offshore wind turbines debut “in” Maine

The nation’s first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine has been legitimized by the US Department of Energy. The University of Maine and project partners deployed the world’s first concrete-composite floating platform wind turbine.

San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente, California meets early retirement

Units 2 and 3 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) have been shut down by Southern California Edison due to premature wear found on over 3,000 tubes in replacement steam generators and a leak of radioactive material. SONGS has been in service over 40 years, but over the past decade the plant has increasingly required maintenance.

One man’s trash is not the ocean’s treasure

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California published results of trash study. Most frustrating to researchers was finding recyclables in the sea. The paper concluded that prevention through increased public awareness remains the most efficient and cost-effective solution to eliminating trash in the deep sea.

 Featured image: Creative Commons image, gray wolf pair, courtesy of Steve Jurvetson, US Fish and Wildlife via Flickr

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