Tag Archives: Federal Regulations

Hemp industry rallies in White City against proposed USDA changes

A crowd gathered inside an off-the-beaten-path White City warehouse in the hopes of stopping a national threat to Southern Oregon’s newest industry. Spurred by proposed U.S. Dept. of Agriculture changes that would drastically change the certification process for industrial hemp, nearly 100 individuals from throughout the industry rallied inside a Jefferson Hemp Exchange warehouse to […]
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EPA Proposes New Regulations For Lead In Drinking Water 

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new proposal that would change how communities test for lead in drinking water. It’s the first major update to the Lead and Copper Rule in nearly 30 years, but it does not go as far as many health advocates had hoped. The regulations are aimed at stopping people’s water from being contaminated through […]
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NuScale marks regulatory milestone

NuScale Power has cleared a substantial regulatory hurdle on the way to bringing its novel nuclear reactor design to market. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has completed phases 2 and 3 of its review of NuScale’s design certification application, the company announced this week. Source: NuScale marks regulatory milestone | Local | gazettetimes.com

US withdraws train crew proposal that came after explosions | KATU

The Trump administration said Thursday it was withdrawing a proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members, nullifying a safety measure drafted under President Barack Obama in response to explosions of crude oil trains in the U.S. and Canada. A review of accident data did not support the notion that having one […]
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Trump Administration Moves To Roll Back Offshore Drilling Safety Regulations

The Interior secretary touted the revised rules as eliminating “unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety.” But environmental groups said the move demonstrates oil industry influence. The Trump Administration is rolling back some of the Obama-era safety regulations for offshore drilling that were meant to prevent a repeat of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the worst […]
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Our View | Brown, Democrats not helping state farmers, ranchers

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the Democrat majority in the Legislature want to make sure that no one in the state, least of all farmers and ranchers, receive any benefits from regulatory relief from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s bad for farmers and ranchers, and it’s bad for Oregon. Source: Our View | Brown, […]
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Oregon House approves environmental ‘rollback’ bill

A proposal aimed at monitoring and preventing “rollbacks” of environmental protections under the Trump administration passed the Oregon House 39-20 on March 14. Under House Bill 2250, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority would have to regularly check whether federal regulations have been rendered “significantly less protective” since the end […]
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Federal, Washington Officials Spar Over Water Quality Regulations At Dams

Washington regulators want water at dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers to meet state standards. They say that would make it safer for imperiled salmon, especially during hot summers. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is putting a stop to those plans — for now. The Washington Department of Ecology recently opened up a public […]
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Bill aims to prevent Trump environmental “rollbacks”

A bill requiring Oregon government agencies to protect against “rollbacks” of federal environmental regulations has been dismissed as “political theater” by farm, ranch and timber organizations. Under House Bill 2250, state natural resource agencies would have to monitor whether changes to federal air and water regulations have fallen short of standards enacted under the Obama […]
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Justice Department will ban bump-stock devices that turn rifles into fully automatic weapons

The expected action follows their use in the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. The Trump administration will ban bump-stock devices like the kind used in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, a decision that gun rights groups pledged to fight in court before the ban goes into full effect in about three months. Justice […]
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