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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Montana Newsletter for Sunday March 17, 2024 ( 7 items )  

CIEL Joins Rosia Montana Community in Celebrating Historic End to Struggle
WASHINGTON, March 12 -- The Center for International Environmental Law issued the following news: In a historic decision by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources lost its damage claim against the government of Romania. The company was ordered to reimburse Romania for the cost of arbitration, as well as a portion of the government's legal costs. The decision comes more than eight years after the case began over Europe's   more

Earthjustice: Court Again Finds Flathead National Forest Roadbuilding Harms Grizzly Bears and Bull Trout
MISSOULA, Montana, March 14 -- Earthjustice issued the following news release on March 13, 2024: A Montana District Court ruling yesterday found that significant new roadbuilding projects in the Flathead National Forest will negatively impact Endangered Species Act-listed grizzly bears and bull trout. The court found that the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not lawfully examine the impacts to these species when the agencies greenlit the roadbuilding plan in 2018. In   more

International Joint Commission Activated in Elk-Kootenai/y Watershed
WASHINGTON, March 13 -- The International Joint Commission issued the following news release: The International Joint Commission is pleased to receive a request from the governments of Canada and the United States, in partnership with the Ktunaxa Nation, to carry out certain actions outlined in the reference letters and attachments (https://www.ijc.org/en/reference-elk-kootenaiy-watershed) addressing the impacts of transboundary water pollution in the Elk-Kootenai/y Watershed. The watershed is   more

National Wildlife Federation EcoLeaders Supports Future Conservationists With Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Partnership
RESTON, Virginia, March 13 -- The National Wildlife Federation issued the following news release: Seven colleges and universities were awarded grants ranging from $7,500 to $10,000 as part of the EcoLeaders program funded by Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom's College and University Grant Program. The grants will be used to conduct research, restore habitat and advance conservation education for threatened and endangered species within their communities. 2024 grant recipients include: Joliet Juni  more

Pacific Legal Foundation: New Lawsuit Challenges Montana's Race and Gender Balancing on Public Boards
HELENA, Montana, March 13 (TNSres) -- The Pacific Legal Foundation issued the following news release on March 12, 2024: Today, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Do No Harm, an association of medical professionals, to stop Montana's unlawful consideration of race and gender in appointments to the state medical board. In Montana, medical practitioners are under the purview of the Montana Board of Medical Examiners, and the board requires 12 members. All must meet resi  more

Senators Introduce Bill Championed by ATA to Modernize Security Screening Process
ARLINGTON, Virginia, March 14 [Category: Transportation] -- The American Trucking Associations issued the following news release: Bipartisan legislation would eliminate waste and inefficiencies in credentialing system costing frontline transportation workers Washington -- Today, the American Trucking Associations welcomed the introduction of the Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act by Senators Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), and An  more

WTA Opposes RDOF Amnesty in Comments to FCC
HELENA, Montana, March 14 -- WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband issued the following news on March 13, 2024: Yesterday, WTA filed comments with the FCC expressing opposition to a request to waive all penalties for RDOF awardees who do not fulfill their build-out commitments so that those locations could be included in BEAD. The FCC asked for input on this proposal in a Public Notice. In its comments, WTA sympathized with the broadband service needs of residents of the affected areas. Howeve  more