Laws & Regulations

Access To Agency Scientists Shrinks. Congress May Change That

"Bobby Magill knows all too well the challenge of getting a federal agency scientist on the phone for an interview on deadline.... 'I've been told by researchers there that they are not allowed to talk to press without prior authorization from D.C.,' he said."

Source: Greenwire, 07/19/2019

"Fewer Inspections for Aging Nuclear Plants, Regulators Propose"

"A new report by staff members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees the safety of the nation’s 59 aging nuclear power plants, recommends that the commissioners significantly weaken or reduce safety inspections of the plants."

Source: NY Times, 07/19/2019

EPA Won't Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticide Linked To Children’s Health Problems

"The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a petition by environmental and public health groups Thursday to ban a widely used pesticide that has been linked to neurological damage in children, even though a federal court said last year there was “no justification” for such a decision."

Source: Washington Post, 07/19/2019

"Public Lands: Federal Judge Blocks Hammonds' Grazing Permits, Again"

"A federal judge ruled that President Trump's pardon last year of Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond and Steven Hammond likely isn't enough to justify former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to reinstate the father and son's federal grazing permits."

Source: Greenwire, 07/18/2019

"Interior: Democrats Vow To Block BLM Move"

"Interior Secretary David Bernhardt can expect lots of questions and pushback from congressional Democrats regarding his plan to relocate hundreds of senior positions within the Bureau of Land Management from its Washington, D.C., headquarters to various Western states, several members of both parties said yesterday on Capitol Hill."

Source: E&E Daily, 07/18/2019


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