Laws & Regulations

Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Goes On Trial For Leading 2014 Armed Standoff

"Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy goes on trial on Monday for his role in leading a 2014 armed standoff against federal agents that became a rallying point for militia groups challenging U.S. government authority in the American West."

Source: Reuters, 10/30/2017

Puerto Rico Moves To Cancel Grid Repair Contract With Whitefish Energy

"Puerto Rico’s electric company moved Sunday to cancel a $300 million contract with a small Montana firm for repairs to the territory’s hurricane-ravaged electrical grid, saying controversy surrounding the agreement was distracting from the effort to restore power."

Source: Washington Post, 10/30/2017

"Trump Plans to Shrink Two National Monuments in Utah"

"Senator Hatch, a Utah Republican, said Mr. Trump told him in a phone conversation that he had approved recommendations drawn up by Ryan Zinke, the Interior secretary, to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument, established by former President Barack Obama, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, designated by former President Bill Clinton."

Source: NY Times, 10/30/2017

Toxics in Widespread Use Excluded From EPA Chemical Review

"Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump's administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of asbestos, flame retardants and other toxins in homes, offices and industrial plants across the United States."

Source: AP, 10/27/2017

Monsanto Attacks Scientists Who Found Problems With Weedkiller Dicamba

"In a normal year, Kevin Bradley, a professor of weed science at the University of Missouri, would have spent his summer testing new ways to control a troublesome little plant called water hemp. This has not been a normal year."

Source: NPR, 10/27/2017

"FERC: Merchant Coal Operators Reject Perry's Grid Proposal"

"Two of the nation's largest independent power producers are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject an Energy Department proposal even though the companies operate coal plants that stand to benefit if the rule is adopted."

Source: EnergyWire, 10/26/2017

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