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[ “We Will Never Stop”: An EPA Employee Blasts the Trump Administration ]

As we embark on month two of Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s hard to imagine a group of federal employees facing more uncertainty than the staff of the Environmental Protection Agency. Industry ally and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt can be viewed only as an agent of profound change, and he’s already faced intense opposition from Senate Democrats and from the staff he inherits.

In recent days, both Bloomberg and the Washington Post have reported that the first moves Trump and Pruitt will make in their overhaul of US environmental policy will be to roll back parts of Barack Obama’s climate legacy and the “Waters of the US” rule—a thorn in the side of farmers and ranchers.…

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[ Imported Foods Sicken Lots of People. Trump Is Unlikely to Fix That. ]

Overall foodborne illness outbreaks have declined in recent years. But ones that stem from imported foods have risen sharply—from an average of three per year in the late 1990s to 18 annually between 2009 and 2015. That’s the conclusion of a new study from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control.

A new rule, finalized under President Barack Obama, charges the FDA to ramp up oversight of imports, requiring that importers verify that their suppliers are meeting the same safety standards required of domestic producers, the study notes.…

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[ Revealed: Idaho appears to have violated state constitution in selling off land ]

Idaho has sold off tracts of land in apparent violation of its own constitution roughly 300 times, calling into question some politicians’ claims that state-seized public lands wouldn’t be in danger of liquidation.

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[ “Condescending and Hypocritical”: An EPA Staffer Blasts Scott Pruitt’s First Speech ]

Scott Pruitt may have wanted to ease Environmental Protections Agency staffers’ concerns about him Tuesday, but his first remarks as head of the agency hardly mentioned environmental protection at all.

With Donald Trump’s EPA transition staff sitting nearby, Pruitt delivered an 11-minute speech, in which he declared, “We as an agency and we as a nation can be both pro-energy and jobs and pro-environment.” He also quoted famed conservationist John Muir: “Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to pray in and play in.” Pruitt did lament the “toxic environment” in the country, but it was a reference to the political climate—part of a call for a more civil discourse.…

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[ New Research: Idaho may have unlawfully sold hundreds of thousands of acres of state land ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society (TWS) and Idaho Conservation League (ICL) released results of new research today that reveal what appear to be widespread violations of the Idaho constitutional l

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The Portland Recycling Guide

Here’s resources so you can recycle just about everything–including the kitchen sink!!

Metro – Get everything you need to know about recycling and garbage and hazardous waste disposal in the Portland metropolitan area

Bureau of Planning & Sustainability – What goes in and what stays out

Master Recycler Program – the “mother” guide to reuse, reduce, recycle at home and work