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Monday, December 15,2014

WY suit to force BLM to manage wild horses

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the State of Wyoming filed suit against the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the federal government’s failure to appropriately manage wild horses in Wyoming. Wyoming announced its intent to sue in August.

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Monday, December 8,2014

USTR appeals WTO COOL ruling ... again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the U.S. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) decided to move forward with an appeal of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against U.S.’ country of origin labeling (COOL). On Oct. 20, WTO ruled against the U.S.

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Monday, December 1,2014

Immigration action complicates reform

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, President Obama announced his plans to address the immigration issue in the U.S., and in the process, renewed the frustration many feel about Congress’ inability to come to an agreement. Obama’s plan includes three executive actions he plans to use that would keep millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.

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Monday, December 1,2014

New RFS decision creates frustration

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“In light of this delay in issuing the 2014 RFS standards, the compliance demonstration deadline for the 2013 RFS standards will take place in 2015.

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Friday, November 28,2014

EPA's micromanagement plan beating up businesses

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While ag groups are typically focused on the big picture when it comes to EPA’s plans for more water control, changing emission standards, or handling climate change, there is another side to the overreach that doesn’t typically get as much coverage— the actual bottom line of EPA’s damage—the never ending fines.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Ozone proposal could set impossible standards: Rep. Whitfield

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy cited ozone’s damaging effects on children and the elderly, with plans to move forward on tightening limits on the pollutant for the first time since 2008.

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Friday, November 28,2014

California's water crisis puts grazing in the hot seat

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has proposed a statewide action plan “to enhance environmental benefits from grazing, protect beneficial uses of surface and groundwater, and address water quality impacts related to livestock grazing in California.

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Monday, November 24,2014

Senate shoots down Keystone plans

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a bit of a dramatic showdown last Tuesday, a Senate bill that would have given the green light for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, got the big stop sign—again. After the final vote was read, a man reportedly with the Lakota Tribe of South Dakota began singing, followed by protesters who called out Democrats who voted in support of the pipeline.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Southwest ranchers receive first Mexican wolf 'Pay for Presence' payments

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Mexican gray wolf was reintroduced into a small area of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico in 1998. While the success of the reintroduction is actually in the midst of a court battle with environmentalists, a volunteer livestock depredation plan successfully completed its first year.

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Friday, November 21,2014

ESA protection sought for unique Yellowstone bison

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Two environmental activist organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect Yellowstone bison through the Endangered Species Act (ESA), claiming that the Yellowstone bison are “unique, significant, and genetically and behaviorally distinct.

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