Speak Softly, Carry a Big Check: Trump challenges Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy with Executive Order

As Published in The Commuter 5/10/2017   Earthen homes built into cliff-sides over 3,500 years ago, sacred to the Pueblo, are at risk of losing protection as a national monument. On Wednesday, April 26, President Trump signed an executive order reviewing protections afforded to the Bears Ears national monument in Utah after being urged by … Continue reading Speak Softly, Carry a Big Check: Trump challenges Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy with Executive Order

EPA Cuts Hit Close to Home: Linn and Benton Counties depend on EPA to monitor toxic sites

As Published in The Commuter 4/19/2017   A 7000-volt electrified fence, marked with bright yellow warning signs, formed the barrier between the ATI Wah Chang and the Cox Creek. ATI Wah Chang in Millersburg, Oregon in Linn County, formerly known as Teledyne Wah Chang, is listed as one of the “nation’s most contaminated hazardous waste … Continue reading EPA Cuts Hit Close to Home: Linn and Benton Counties depend on EPA to monitor toxic sites

Trump Proposes EPA Cuts: Executive order eliminates environmental protections in the name of industry

As Published in The Commuter 4/12/2017   The wood-paneled Map Room at the EPA office was packed with media and government officials on Tuesday, March 28. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was present, who received over $1.6 million from the gas and oil industry during the 2016 campaign. Also present was the Trump-appointed EPA head, … Continue reading Trump Proposes EPA Cuts: Executive order eliminates environmental protections in the name of industry