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Thursday, 19 July 2012 16:13

Senate Farm Bill: Rural Transportation Study


At the behest of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), the Senate version of the Farm Bill, passed June 21, includes a provision that would require the Departments of Transportation and Agriculture to study and report on...

On July 6, President Obama signed the long-awaited Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill, known as the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (“MAP-21”)

A “RISI Viewpoint” column dated June 28, signed by International Woodfiber Report Editor Chris Lyddan, asserts that the rapidly growing demand for pellet-mill pulpwood in the South is not only...

Friday, 29 June 2012 10:48

H-2B: Progress in Legislation, Litigation


On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to adopt an amendment to the 2013 Labor/Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill that would block the Department of Labor from spending funds to enforce its new H-2B Program Rule or H-2B Wage Rule through September 30, 2013.

Friday, 29 June 2012 10:47 Relaunched


On June 19, the environmental consultancy Dovetail Partners announced that it had assumed responsibility for the programs of the Temperate Forest Foundation, which shut down in 2010, and has relaunched TFF’s web site, “your source for...

In what appeared to be a ham-fisted attempt to generate some viral buzz for its line of electronic document display systems, Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.—perhaps better known for its line of photocopiers—proposed October 23, 2012 as “National No-Print Day,”

A House-Senate conference committee convened in early May to negotiate Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill and—to judge from statements from Senate Environment & Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer

On May 16, the U.S. Department of Labor published its official “guidance” on the H-2B guestworker program rule, affirming that—pending further action

On May 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Intended Rulemaking to revise its current stormwater regulations “to specify that an NPDES permit is not required for stormwater discharges from logging roads” and setting forth the defining point that “logging roads are not stormwater discharges ‘associated with industrial activity.’”

On April 26, Judge M. Casey Rodgers, of the Northern District Court of Florida, issued a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing its new H-2B Program Rule. This Rule, which governs employers’ treatment of foreign guestworkers regulated under the H-2B visa program, would have imposed new costs, minimum work guarantees, multiple itineraries, and worker housing inspection requirements to the extent of making the program unworkable for many industries, including reforestation.

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