Laws & Regulations

"Politics-Wary Scientists Wade into the Trump Fray at Boston Rally"

"Hundreds of scientists put aside their habitual wariness toward political activity and rallied over the weekend in Boston’s Copley Square, with many saying the Trump administration has left them no choice."

Source: Scientific American, 02/20/2017

"Absent Federal Policy, States Take Lead on Animal Welfare"

"In the opening weeks of the Trump administration, the state of animal welfare—as with so much other policy—is in upheaval. On February 9, the administration froze the implementation of the just-passed Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP)—the only comprehensive federal law that regulates the welfare of animals raised for food."

Source: Civil Eats, 02/20/2017

"Scott Pruitt Makes It Clear That The Clean Power Plan Is Going Away"

"In his first interview as EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt made one thing very clear: the Clean Power Plan, the signature climate regulation of the Obama administration, is not long for this world."

Source: Think Progress, 02/20/2017

Resistance Is Growing To The USDA’s Blackout Of Animal Welfare Records

"The condemnation was swift when the Agriculture Department announced two weeks ago that it had pulled from its website the animal welfare records from 9,000 research labs, dog breeders and other facilities. ... This week, the department was sued over its move, and federal lawmakers began pressing the Trump administration to again make the records public."

Source: Washington Post, 02/17/2017

As Confirmation Nears, Judge Orders EPA Nominee To Release Emails

"An Oklahoma judge on Thursday ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, to turn over thousands of emails related to his communication with the oil, gas and coal industry."

Source: Washington Post, 02/17/2017

Endangered Species Act May Be Heading for the Threatened List - Hearing

"A Senate hearing to 'modernize the Endangered Species Act' unfolded Wednesday just as supporters of the law had feared, with round after round of criticism from Republican lawmakers who said the federal effort to keep species from going extinct encroaches on states’ rights, is unfair to landowners and stymies efforts by mining companies to extract resources and create jobs."

Source: Washington Post, 02/16/2017

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