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Oroville Dam Has Been Subject of Lawsuits for Years

Posted Feb 17, 2017

Federal and state officials of California’s largest water agencies are said to have rejected concerns in the past decade that the massive earthen spillway at Oroville Dam could erode during heavy winter rains and cause catastrophic failure to the dam.  Butte County and environmental organizations have fought the relicensing of the Oroville Dam since 2005. Butte County also sued the state’s Department of Water Resources, accusing it of avoiding a rigorous assessment of climate change on the dam.  That case is now before the California Third District Court of Appeals,  County of Butte, et al. v. Department of Water Resources. The Sacramento Bee reports that the Oroville Dam’s flood-control manual has not been updated in more than half a century.   Read articles in the San Jose Mercury News and U.S. News and World Report.

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA Head

Posted Feb 17, 2017

After a contentious confirmation hearing, the U.S. Senate confirmed Oklahoma attorney general, Scott Pruitt, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.  As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA numerous times over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution.  The 52-46 vote was largely along party lines.  Read articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.

New U.S. Secretary of Labor Nominated after Puzder Withdraws Nomination

Posted Feb 17, 2017

President Trump announced Alexander Acosta as his new pick to head the Department of Labor after Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination.  Acosta served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, was a member of the National Labor Relations Board and most recently served as dean of Florida International University College of Law.  If confirmed, Acosta would be the first Hispanic member of Trump’s cabinet.  Read articles in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.