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Tester slams Interior: Pendley’s ‘got to go’

“Montana Sen. Jon Tester (D) today reiterated his demand for the removal of acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley, asserting the Trump administration’s continued reliance on unconfirmed officials “undermines accountability in government.” Both Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for...
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Tree trimming in recommended wilderness raises questions

“Jeff Ruch was paging through the results of a Freedom of Information Act request about a categorical upgrade to Yellowstone’s WiFi infrastructure earlier this year when he came across an exchange that suggested 100 trees had been felled within a recommended wilderness area. The reason for the cutting, he learned, was that lodgepole pines that...
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Interior move keeping controversial acting leaders in office faces legal scrutiny

“A new Interior Department move to leave controversial temporary leaders in place indefinitely may violate laws on filling vacancies, legal experts say, and skirts requirements for Senate confirmation. Watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued in April, arguing the orders violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act by keeping the men in their posts beyond...
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Volunteers reopening some federal offices closed in pandemic

“New regional surges in coronavirus cases forced the Environmental Protection Agency to put on hold some of the earliest planned returns of federal employees to their offices, while the first volunteers at a few other federal agencies are quietly going back to their desks. A government watchdog group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, on Monday...
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Coronavirus Roundup: Advocacy Group Outlines Potential Issues with EPA’s Reopening; Democrats Demand Investigation of ‘Project Airbridge’

“The advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility claimed on Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency is failing the CDC’s criteria for reopening. “In recent days, EPA has announced it will open regional offices located in Atlanta, Kansas City and Seattle. In the same period, it has reversed plans to re-open offices in Boston and Dallas,”...
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Deadline is Monday for feedback on e-bike access on non-motorized trails

“Public comment periods begin ending Monday, June 8, for the U.S. Department of Interior’s policy proposal to regulate e-bikes as traditional bikes on non-motorized lands. The policy proposal in August allowed e-bikes access to non-motorized trails 30 days afterward and led to a lawsuit filed in December against the NPS. The Public Employees for Environmental...
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Land management acting director remains, lawsuit filed

“The acting director of the Bureau of Land Management will remain in his position after the U.S. Department of the Interior extended his tenure despite a lawsuit disputing the appointment. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit last month over Bernhardt’s ongoing appointments of Pendley and David Vela as...
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Massachusetts Struggles for Safe, Effective Mosquito Management; Governor’s Arbovirus Proposal Much Improved but Big Questions Remain

“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts is wrestling with solutions for mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). A coalition consisting of national, state and local nonprofits, with the assistance of 75 legislators, won major amendments to emergency legislation sponsored by Governor Charles Baker, but the coalition seeks further refinements....
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Pendley stays on as BLM head

“William Perry Pendley will remain in charge of the Bureau of Land Management after the Interior Department took a different approach to extending Pendley’s time at the helm of the agency, possibly due to a pending lawsuit. “The leadership of the BLM will not change,” Interior spokesman Conner Swanson said today. William Perry Pendley will...
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Acting chiefs to lead BLM, NPS indefinitely

“The Interior Department is bypassing legal concerns over whether the acting directors of the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service are qualified to lead the agencies.Instead, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is authorizing William Perry Pendley and David Vela to perform the duties of acting directors of BLM and NPS, respectively, using the...
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