Tag Archives: Federal Regulations

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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The Trump administration might be deregulating more than you know (or could know) 

Why doesn’t OMB review have a public comment period, too? Since President Trump took office last year, his administration has been working to undo many Obama-era regulations affecting clean water, national parks, energy production and more. Most recently, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency has proposed weakening Obama-era regulations on coal-fired power plants. But there could be still more deregulating underway […]
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Editorial: WOTUS ruling muddies regulatory waters

Farmers, ranchers and regulators need clear guidance on the true extent and limit of the government’s authority. The controversial Waters of the United States rule lives again, at least in 26 states — including Oregon, Washington and California. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrote the rule in the hopes […]
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California, Oregon attorneys general oppose Trump ‘Two-for-One’ executive order

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced June 5 that that they oppose a Trump executive order mandating that in order to create a new regulation, most federal agencies must repeal at least two existing regulations. Source: California, Oregon attorneys general oppose Trump ‘Two-for-One’ executive order | Legal Newsline

Williams prioritizes pot trafficking, public safety

U.S. Attorney says he will ‘not make broad proclamations of blanket immunity from prosecution to those who violate federal law.’ Oregon’s chief federal prosecutor says his top priorities in enforcing cannabis laws will be threats to public safety and interstate trafficking fueled by over production of marijuana since the state legalized medical and recreational use. […]
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