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Gibson Guitar Held Accountable for Importing Illegal Wood in Landmark Lacey Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a Criminal Enforcement Agreement with the Department of Justice, Gibson Guitar Company today acknowledged responsibility for importing illegal wood into the United States and incurred penalties, totaling a minimum of $600,000, including the forfeiture of wood taken from the protected forests of Madagascar. Scroll down for DOJ’s full press release. “The resolution of the […]

<p>Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”</p>
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House leadership cancels vote on weakening illegal logging restrictions

Decision celebrated by forest products industry, unions, musicians, and conservationists; bill would have threatened American jobs, boosted illegal logging CONTACT: Deborah Lapidus, [email protected], 703‐967‐5741 Glenn Hurowitz, [email protected], 917‐386‐3571 July 25, 2012—The Republican leadership cancelled a vote originally scheduled for this week in the House of Representatives on H.R. 3210, the “RELIEF Act.” A broad coalition of forest products […]

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The Montreal Protocol in 2012: Ending the Reign of Fluorocarbons, Answering the Call on Climate

Under the Vienna Convention, the Montreal Protocol has been tasked with responsibility for controlling ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and dealing with any “adverse effects” arising from their elimination. Without question, the negative impact and contribution to global warming arising from using HFCs as alternatives to ODS qualifies as an “adverse effect ” that is a direct […]

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New Report Highlights How Yahoo! Profits From The Killing of Endangered Whales and Dolphins

Internet Giant Urged To Ban All Sales of Whale and Dolphin Products WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hundreds of whale products for sale on the Japanese website of Internet search engine company Yahoo! show how the California-based company profits from the venture, according to a new report released today. “Killing for Commerce,” released by the Environmental Investigation […]

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Musicians, CEOs, and Former Bush Administration Officials Oppose Efforts to Weaken Lacey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A unique alliance of musicians, former Bush administration officials, and forest products industry executives provided testimony for a congressional hearing today in support of the U.S. Lacey Act and in opposition to two controversial proposed bills to weaken the law. Held by the House Natural Resource Committee’s Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans […]

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EPA Action Sought to Phase Out Use of Super Greenhouse Gas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of an ongoing effort to bring about a global phase‐out of HFCs, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has filed a formal petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency to require an end for nearly all uses of the most commonly used fluorocarbon in the US, HFC‐134a. The filing seeks to withdraw federal approval for most […]