February 9, 2017

Trump rule chills Energy Dept. nuclear whistleblowers -- Washington Post

The Department of Energy has temporarily halted an Obama administration regulation permitting civil penalties against federal nuclear contractors that retaliate against whistleblowers who report waste, fraud and dangerous conditions.

In procedural rules published in the Federal Register, the Energy Department said the regulation would be frozen from Jan. 31 until March 21 in keeping with President Trump’s “plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of the new Administration.” -- 2/9/2017


New Mexico bill to spare wild bears stalls in LegislatureLas Cruces Sun News

The New Mexico Legislature is showing little interest HB 109 in rewriting regulations that can require the euthanizing of wild bears and other wild animals that attack humans to test for rabies. -- 2/9/2017


Memorial to halt Chaco area fracking fails in committeeLas Cruces Sun News

A symbolic measure aimed at trying to halt oil and gas drilling around Chaco Cultural National Historical Park has failed to pass out of a New Mexico Legislative panel. The House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee voted 6-6 on Tuesday on HJM 5 about drilling in the greater Chaco area. -- 2/9/2017