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Crapo, Risch sponsor bipartisan forest management bill

Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have joined with Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Begich of Alaska to introduce legislation today designed to overturn a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the four say would subject logging roads in public and private forests “to some of the most stringent environmental protection laws in the United States,” by declaring logging road runoff a point source pollution subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements. Since 1976, such runoff has been regulated under the EPA's silviculture rule as non-point source pollution. You can read the senators' full statement about the legislation here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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