Roundup 9/16: Assets Liquid and Illiquid Edition

In a response to lawsuits by environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will review a controversial decision on ozone pollution limits made in March 2008 and propose a new standard by December.

Conservation and animal welfare groups asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries to expand the protected habitat for the 400 or so remaining North Atlantic right whales to include more of their nursing grounds in the Gulf of Maine to their calving grounds off Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

The advocacy group Oceana expects that the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will approve a plan to ban destructive bottom-trawling in almost 60,000 square kilometers of deep-sea coral from North Carolina to Florida.

Norman Augustine got an earful on Capitol Hill yesterday from members of the House of Representatives who were unhappy with his commission's recommendations over how the United States should invest in space flight. Today, he faced Senators in what appeared to be a less contentious afternoon hearing.

(Picture Michaël CATANZARITI)