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Organizations Are Improperly Offering Yoga Classes and $20K Weddings in National Parks

“Non-profit organizations are improperly offering wedding, yoga and rental services at national parks, according to a recent audit, and bilking taxpayers in the process. The National Park Service partners with nonprofits to run Residential Environmental Learning Centers (RELCs) on federal property to offer visitors educational services. The parks provide government resources such as buildings, staff...
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Park Service Disbands E-Bike Advisory Group Over Secret Lobbying Concerns

“WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The National Park Service, facing a lawsuit from conservation groups for allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails, disbanded a bike-industry group that has been accused of secret lobbying for that access. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a coalition of conservation groups are suing to restore a ban on e-bikes on NPS...
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National Park Service Disbands E-Bike Advisory Group Following Secret Lobbying Concerns

“WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The National Park Service, facing a lawsuit from conservation groups for allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails, disbanded a bike-industry group that has been accused of secret lobbying for that access. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a coalition of conservation groups are suing to restore a ban on e-bikes on NPS...
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NPS Axes Industry-Dominated Advisory Group Amid Legal Fears

“The National Park Service has disbanded an industry-dominated electric bike advisory group after an advocacy organization complained that it violated federal law. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) said the E-bike Partner and Agency Group did not comply with federal transparency requirements because the park service never gave public notice of its meetings. PEER said...
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Chemical Safety Board Proposes Accident Reporting Rule

“The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) proposes that companies report immediately and directly to the CSB accidental chemical releases sufficient to trigger an investigation. The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating and finding the root cause of chemical accidents that result in a fatality, serious injury, or substantial property...
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Local Groups Sue National Park Service over E-Bike Rules

“Two local environmental groups joined a lawsuit filed last week against the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior over recent directives that opened up parklands nationwide for the use of electric bikes. The suit alleges that the agencies skipped necessary rule-making and environmental analysis steps, in violation of numerous federal laws. Attorneys...
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House Aides to Grill EPA Official About Formaldehyde Review

“Congressional investigators tomorrow will scrutinize the role a former Koch Industries Inc. executive may have played in sidelining a health review of formaldehyde. New records show David Dunlap, the top-ranking political official in EPA’s Office of Research and Development, raised concerns about the office’s assessment of the widely used chemical when he was Koch Industries...
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E-Bikes in National Parks Challenged

“WASHINGTON, D.C. — Acadia National Park visitors Phyllis Koenig and David Perel have joined a lawsuit against the National Park Service and Department of the Interior for allowing “e-bike use throughout the National Park System.” The legal complaint was filed last week by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, together with four other organizations and three...
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