Laws & Regulations

Gag Order Keeps Oregon From Telling Public About Cancer-Causing Pollutant

"Oregon officials think they've found high levels of a cancer-causing chemical in the air near a Lebanon battery parts maker, but a judge won't let them say a word about it.

Linn County Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. McHill on Friday agreed to Entek International's request for what appears to be an unprecedented gag order against state environmental and health regulators. Entek would be "irreparably harmed" if the regulators told the public about the preliminary finding, McHill wrote.

Source: Portland Oregonian, 04/11/2017

Calif. AG Wants Records on EPA’s Scott Pruitt Ties To Oil & Gas Industry

"California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a Freedom of Information Act request Friday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to compel it to turn over documents on its administrator, Scott Pruitt, and potential conflicts of interest with his past ties to the fossil fuel industry."

Source: Sacramento Bee, 04/11/2017


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