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KHRT ND News - Thursday - 09/12/19 - PM Edition

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has finalized a repeal of the Obama-era clean water rule....

     TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has finalized a repeal of the Obama-era clean water rule that spells out protections for large and small bodies of water. The EPA will now write a new rule to replace the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation, which was established in 2015.

    The Trump administration says revoking the rule provides "much-needed regulatory certainty" for farmers, homebuilders and landowners.

    Writing in the Des Moines Register today, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James call the Obama rule "an egregious power grab" that led to even isolated ponds being subjected to federal regulation. Wheeler and James say their proposed rule would clearly define "where federal jurisdiction begins and ends." They say a new definition would be finalized in the winter.

    Environmentalists say the Trump administration move would leave millions of Americans with less safe drinking water.

    North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum says The EPA's decision to repeal the rule is an important step for local decision-making and a recognition of states' ability to manage their own waters effectively. He says the rule created confusion and uncertainty for landowners and local governments by effectively classifying almost every pond, pothole and slough as a federal managed waterway. Burgum also said that North Dakotan deeply care about clean water.


    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge is allowing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline. Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson approved the tribe's petition for status as an intervenor today in the case before the Public Service Commission. Dawson's order says there was no opposition to the petition.
     Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double the capacity of the line to as much as 1.1 million barrels daily. The pipeline has been moving North Dakota oil through to a shipping point in Illinois since 2017. A hearing is set for November 13th in Linton on the proposed expansion.
     Standing Rock attorney Timothy Purdon has said intervenor status would allow the tribe to cross-examine the company and call witnesses.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A newly formed panel for North Dakota's voter-approved ethics commission chose its top two officers and set monthly meetings through next spring. The five-member panel chose retired district judge Ron Goodman as chairman today. Cynthia Lindquist, president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, was chosen as the panel's vice chairman.
     The governor and Senate majority and minority leaders last month selected the commission members to oversee the conduct of legislators, statewide officials, candidates and lobbyists. Other members are former Williston mayor Ward Koeser, attorney Paul Richard, and retired North Dakota Army Guard general David Anderson. The commission is seen as key to implementing a constitutional amendment to overhaul North Dakota's government ethics.

     BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana's greater sage grouse population has fallen more than 40% over the past three years, mirroring recent declines across the U.S. West for a bird species rejected for federal protections in 2015. State wildlife officials estimate there were about 44,000 ground-dwelling sage grouse in Montana this spring. The figure is included in a report to be delivered to state lawmakers later this month.
     Sage grouse once numbered in the millions but have seen their range that stretches across 11 states diminished. Weather can affect populations from year to year. Montana officials traced the recent declines to extreme drought in parts of the state in 2017.
     Sage grouse numbers also continued to drop in 2019 in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming.



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