Tag Archives: U.S. Government

States Take Lead Regulating Chemicals That are Contaminating Drinking Water

But funding is a concern. In Vermont, a new law required water systems to test for PFAS without providing money for the few that found they had contamination problems. In the absence of federal standards, state governments and local agencies are taking on the complex work of figuring out how to regulate and remediate contamination […]
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‘Terrible and disgusting’: Decision to close National Archives at Seattle a blow to tribes, historians in 4 states

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget issued a decision on Friday to close the facility in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood despite a last-minute plea by senators in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For many, it seems like a betrayal. The decision to pack up and move the National Archives at Seattle to Southern California […]
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Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story directly from the source, state employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800.

Walden cheers Trump’s move to lift water protections 

The Trump administration lifted federal protections Thursday for some of the nation’s millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks. Source: Walden cheers Trump’s move to lift water protections – oregonlive.com

We’re past ‘if’ on the coronavirus. We’re on to ‘how bad will it be?’

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. With one confirmed case on U.S. soil, more likely already here and 8,000 visitors from China […]
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Washington, Federal Officials Sign Agreement To Protect Forests

State and federal officials signed an agreement Wednesday to protect Washington’s forests and wildlife. The plan would combine resources to fight destructive wildfires, threats to forest health and challenges faced by salmon and orcas. “If we’re going to prevent the Evergreen State from turning brown, we must begin to coordinate, collaborate and work tirelessly to change […]
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Trump approves major disaster declaration for February storms in Oregon

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration Thursday for February storm damage in Oregon. The declaration makes Federal Emergency Management Agency funds available for storm-related reimbursement to public agencies. Source: Trump approves major disaster declaration for February storms in Oregon | State | nrtoday.com

Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?

President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency and urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty against drug dealers. Congress has provided targeted grants for treatment, recovery and prevention and made numerous policy changes to help people struggling with addiction get access to services. From the National Institutes of Health […]
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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park weathers shutdown

Park near Warrenton remains relatively pristine despite shutdown. The trash bins are full, the bathrooms are getting close to full and downed trees cross some trails, but, overall, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park near Warrenton looks pretty clean. Source: Lewis and Clark National Historical Park weathers shutdown | Local News | dailyastorian.com

Federal shutdown impacts rural Northwest

As the partial federal government shutdown continues into its fourth week, some rural Northwest communities are feeling the pinch. In western Oregon wolves are under federal protection, but federal employees assigned to monitoring them with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Wildlife Services are on furlough. Steve Niemela, Oregon Department of Fish and […]
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