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National Parks chief exit sparks concerns over replacement

by The Hill | August 7, 2020
“Acting National Park Service (NPS) Director David Vela is retiring, he announced Friday, leaving the job amid a lawsuit challenging the legality of his tenure in the post. The lawsuit from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) challenging continued use of ...

Enthusiasm over the environment is down — we must stay vigilant

by The Hill | July 22, 2020
“As the presidential primaries began, a February Pew Research poll found that for the first time concern for environmental protection among two-thirds of Americans nearly equaled their concern for the economy. Concern over climate climbed to equal concern about jobs for half of ...

Bullock sues to boot controversial public lands bureau director as he awaits confirmation

by The Hill | July 21, 2020
“The controversial acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley, is facing another lawsuit challenging his service as he awaits Senate confirmation. A Monday suit, filed in Montana Gov. Steve Bullock‘s (D) capacity as governor, challenges Pendley’s ...

Trump nominates controversial, longtime acting head of land management bureau as director

by The Hill | June 26, 2020
“President Trump on Friday nominated William Perry Pendley, who has controversially served as the acting head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for months, to lead the agency. “Pendley has a long record of opposing the very existence of the public lands he now oversees,” ...

Interior move keeping controversial acting leaders in office faces legal scrutiny

by The Hill | June 9, 2020
“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, ...
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