[govinfo] GovInfo News 4-2-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 11:43:43 -0400

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March 31, 2007
  Federal Judge Strikes Down Forest Management Rules


WASHINGTON, March 30 — A  federal judge in California on Friday overturned the 
Bush  administration’s revised rules for management of the country’s 155  
national forests, saying that the federal Forest Service violated the  basic 
laws ensuring that forest ecosystems have environmental  safeguards.

The rules, issued in early 2005, cut back on requirements for  environmental 
reviews and safeguards for wildlife, and limited public  participation in the 
development of management plans for individual  forests.

Instead, they broadened the power of forest managers to decide  whether mines, 
logging operations, cellphone towers or other  development would be appropriate 
uses of forest land.

In the ruling Friday, Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of Federal District  Court in 
San Francisco said the Forest Service had violated several  laws when it 
changed the rules forest managers must follow when making  decisions, and did 
so without consulting the public or considering  environmental impact.

The judge issued an injunction forbidding the service from using the  rules to 
make decisions about the national forests and grasslands,  which cover 8 
percent of the country.  more

April 1, 2007
  Inspector Lists Computers With Atomic Secrets as Missing


WASHINGTON, March 30 — The  office in charge of protecting American technical 
secrets about nuclear  weapons from foreign spies is missing 20 desktop 
computers, at least 14  of which have been used for classified information, the 
Energy  Department inspector general reported on Friday.

This is the 13th time in a little over four years that an audit has  found that 
the department, whose national laboratories and factories do  most of the work 
in designing and building nuclear warheads, has lost  control over computers 
used in working on the bombs.  more


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