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Friday, July 11,2014

Clean Water Act proposal has muddied the waters

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Thursday, July 10, EPA Region 4 held a press conference call to discuss an all-day meeting of the Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) in Atlanta to discuss the proposed rule that is supposed to clarify Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.

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Monday, July 7,2014

Obama to 'act alone' on immigration reform

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Obama directed the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to move additional resources to the border to protect the area.

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Monday, July 7,2014

DOI requests horse lawsuit be dismissed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation filed the suit, claiming that overpopulation of horses was a symptom of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) negligence to follow the Wild Horse and Burro Act, resulting in damage to the range, wildlife and wild horses.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Agreement reached in sage-grouse habitat plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Obama administration has made plans to spend $31 million through 2024 to boost sage-grouse protection by helping ranchers and other landowners to improve habitat along the California-Nevada borders. Stakeholders in the plan are hopeful that this will keep the sage-grouse off the endangered species list.

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Monday, June 23,2014

Hong Kong fully opens to U.S. beef

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In December 2003, Hong Kong banned U.S. beef and beef products following the detection of a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)-positive animal in the United States (one of only four cases ever discovered in America). In December 2005, Hong Kong partially reopened its market to allow imports of deboned U.

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Friday, June 20,2014

More time needed for public input on new endangered species regulations

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Since 1973, the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars on more than 1,500 animal and plant species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with just 2 percent of the protected species’ coming off the evergrowing list.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Diet studies a dime a dozen during grilling season

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The list of dos and don’ts in a healthy diet just got a few new additions from some questionable diet “gurus.” A new review of old research co-authored by a group with strong animal rights connections includes six new dietary recommendations that supposedly will help prevent cancer, “even when evidence on certain issues are up for debate.

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Monday, June 16,2014

DOT exemption for livestock haulers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Truck drivers hauling livestock and poultry received a reprieve last week with the Department of Transportation (DOT) announcement that they would be exempt for one year from a government regulation requiring drivers to take a half-hour break for every eight hours of service.

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Monday, June 16,2014

President proposes new approach to addressing wildfire suppression costs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The president’s FY15 budget proposed a new approach to addressing wildfire suppression costs, modeled after bipartisan legislation introduced in both houses of Congress.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Ag would take a hit with EPA carbon proposal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Along with the potential of putting a number of people out of work, the announcement follows a long line of proposals and changes that threaten U.S. agriculture, according to Ashley McDonald, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA).

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