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Monday, December 2,2013

Enforcement cutbacks included in EPA's proposed strategic plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
the draft strategic plan has five strategic goals: • Address climate change and improve air quality; • Protect America’s waters; • Clean up communities and advance sustainable development; • Ensure safety of chemicals and prevent pollution; and • Protect human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.

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Friday, November 29,2013

Ruby Pipeline project to get green light after review

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“This was an illegal pipeline that never should have been built,” Amy Atwood, Senior Attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, told reporters. The group filed the original lawsuit along with Defenders of Wildlife and Summit Lake Paiute Tribe in northwest Nevada.

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Friday, November 29,2013

Investigation of SD bankrupt plant ongoing

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a letter to Gov. Daugaard, Attorney General Marty Jackley shared that $550,000 of a sum of up to $1 million issued by the South Dakota Department of Tourism for construction or equipment costs related to the Northern Beef plant was “redirected...

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Monday, November 25,2013

Proposed ethanol mandate stirs food vs. fuel debate

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Ethanol and ag groups lined up to take their sides after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) from the statutory level of 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons and cut the total RFS volumetric requirement from 18.

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Friday, November 22,2013

Grazing Improvement Act passes out of Senate committee

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“A series of unfortunate court decisions now require that analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) be done on grazing allotments every 10 years to renew permits. The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have been unable to keep up with the workload.

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Monday, November 18,2013

USDA unveils new beta agonist-free certification

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Beef and pork exports took a hit earlier this year, after Russia’s refusal to accept exports fed betaagonists, and the topic surfaced again this fall, following Tyson’s ban on the feed additive. But a new USDA certification program for livestock producers may permit them to market their products with a special “Never Fed Beta Agonists” label.

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Friday, November 15,2013

EPA's draft water rule called private property power grab

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A recent draft rule proposed by the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers relating to the Clean Water Act has the cattle industry buzzing with concern, wondering what the agency has in its regulation coffers this time.

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Friday, November 15,2013

House committee passes water rights bill; another win for agriculture

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The bill, H.R. 3189, introduced in early October by Scott Tipton (R-CO), gained bipartisan support early on and received strong support from a broad coalition of local, state and national stakeholders concerned with recent federal attempts to hijack privately held water rights.

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Friday, November 15,2013

Study finds biodiesel industry supports over 62,000 jobs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“This is further evidence that a growing biodiesel industry and a strong Renewable Fuel Standard are good for the economy,” said Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

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Monday, November 11,2013

APHIS finalizes BSE ruling

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its final rule to complete efforts to modernize the agency’s import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), demonstrating to the international community that the United States is committed to bas ing.

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