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Environmental Law Institute Welcomes Three New Members to its Leadership Council: Beth Deane, David Menotti, and Stephen Rahaim

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is delighted to announce three new members to its Leadership Council: Beth Deane; David Menotti; and Stephen Rahaim. Expressing her appreciation for the newest members, ELI Leadership Council President Kathy Robb stated, “ELI is so pleased to have these three outstanding attorneys join the ranks of our Leadership Council.  Beth, David, and Stephen represent leading thought-leaders in the environmental field. As the Institute continues to grow, these important voices from across the country will help strengthen our vision of a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law. We are lucky to add such esteemed new members to our Leadership Council and look forward to the guidance and expertise they are sure to bring to our organization.”

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EPA misses opportunity to address new uses of toxic lead

While important chemicals will be addressed, EPA missed an opportunity to get a handle on new uses of lead, a dangerous neurotoxin for children

The United States Environmental Protection Agency released its first ten priority chemicals to regulate under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act. Noticeably missing from the list is lead, a dangerous neurotoxin that poses a health threat to millions of children in the United States.

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Updated Resources Available for 2017 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition releases new tools and analysis for farmers

Following the release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of a “reinvented” Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) – the most significant overhaul to the program in eight years –the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has published updated resources designed to support farmers considering an application to the program. NSAC was instrumental in developing CSP, today the nation’s largest working lands conservation program, which supports farmers and ranchers in their efforts to actively manage and expand conservation activities on their agricultural lands. As part of their commitment to empowering and educating family farmers nationwide, NSAC has provided a free online guidebook, the Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Programsince the program’s inception.

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Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma Files Suit to Protect Lands and Water from Illegal Gas Drilling

BLM and BIA issued the oil and gas approvals without consulting with the Nation

Friday, the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, and tribal member Walter Echo-Hawk, filed suit against the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to challenge federal oil and gas approvals on Pawnee lands.  The lawsuit seeks to set aside numerous oil and gas leases and drilling permits approved in recent years that violate both federal and tribal law.

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United Fresh 2017 Expanding to Meet Market Needs

Featuring New FreshTEC and FreshMKT Expos & Conferences

United Fresh will expand its innovation platform for the produce industry, moving its annual conference and expo into the larger West Hall at Chicago’s McCormick Place, June 13-15, 2017. The event will debut new expo features in convenience and fresh foods, robotics and supply chain technology, and conference sessions bringing attendees and exhibitors together with subject matter experts to help grow their businesses.

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