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Following are recent press clips from national publications that relate to PEER issues, campaigns and news releases.

PM News Brief: Mail-in Voting, Salt Lake Police Shooting & Utah’s July Unemployment

“William Perry Pendley’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management may be pulled, but he’s still effectively leading the organization. And two lawsuits are still trying to put that to an end. Montana’s Democratic governor, and senate hopeful, Steve Bullock filed one. And the Western Watersheds Project and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or...
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Public lands chief hangs on despite nomination getting nixed

“A former oil industry attorney will continue calling the shots for a government agency that oversees nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West, despite the White House saying over the weekend that President Donald Trump would withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley. A second lawsuit seeking to oust Pendley is pending after...
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Lawyers question public lands chief move leaving himself in power

“The Trump administration’s method of keeping the controversial acting head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in power even after his nomination is withdrawn is likely not legal, according to experts who have reviewed the orders. Over the weekend, it was made public that William Perry Pendley’s nomination will be withdrawn amid doubts he...
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The medical waste crisis that didn’t happen — yet

“As COVID-19 cases surge in some regions of the U.S., experts say the anticipated crush of medical waste has not occurred. These days, most medical waste is shipped from hospitals to autoclaves, where “hot steam kills all of the germs. It looks sort of like a soggy melty stuff,” Germain said. Then it’s transported to...
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A Texas Program Has Achieved Remarkable Success in Protecting Rare Sea Turtles. So Why Does the National Park Service Want to Defund It?

“The Kemp’s ridley sea turtles begin arriving at Padre Island National Seashore in April, waves breaking against their olive-colored shells, salt spraying from their nostrils as they haul themselves up the sandy beach to nest. Every year, volunteers and park staff led by Dr. Donna Shaver—head of the National Park Service’s (NPS) Division of Sea...
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BLM chief signed an order to keep himself in power

“William Perry Pendley signed a succession order months ago that will keep him indefinitely at the helm of the Bureau of Land Management. Pendley’s order states that “in the absence” of a permanent BLM director, the deputy director of policy and programs — in this case Pendley himself — shall be “delegated the authority to...
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Public Lands Are Key to Fighting Climate Change

“Public lands account for a quarter of the nation’s land area and nearly a quarter of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions through extraction and combustion of fossil fuels.  Conversely, the amount of CO2 sequestered by soils, forests, shrublands, grasslands and agricultural areas on public lands only offsets 15 percent of those emissions. Those findings came...
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Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw his controversial nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a rare example of Democrats and conservation groups being able to leverage the vulnerability of Republican senators to their advantage. But the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Land Management, says Pendley is here to...
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White House withdraws nomination for Bureau of Land Management head

“The Trump administration withdrew its nomination of William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management on Saturday after both Republican and Democratic senators said he would face tough questioning in a confirmation hearing. Peter Jenkins, senior counsel for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said his organization will “ramp up” its lawsuit to have...
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Trump seen putting biofuels decisions on hold

“A White House official confirmed Saturday the Trump administration intends to withdraw the controversial nomination of William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management, Pro’s Anthony Adragna and Ben Lefebvre report. With the Senate effectively out until September, the exact timing of the withdrawal remains in flux, two sources familiar with the process...
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