Lawsuit: Pendley must step down while awaiting confirmation

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“A revised lawsuit by two advocacy groups says the Bureau of Land Management is violating federal law if it allows William Perry Pendley to serve as its de facto acting chief while he awaits Senate confirmation to become its permanent director.

The supplemental complaint filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Western Watersheds Project asserts that federal law prohibits Pendley from leading the bureau, even on a temporary basis, because the series of secretarial orders granting him authority to act as BLM director were illegal to begin with.”

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