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Author: Jonathan Wood

February 06, 2020

The Hill: Speeding up environmental reviews is good for the economy and the environment

In 2011, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum urging federal agencies to "take steps to expedite permitting and review," including "setting clear schedules for completing steps in the environmental review and permitting process." Such bureaucratic delays, Obama explained, interfered with the "engine of job creation and economic growth." ...

December 06, 2019

The Hill: In pollution case, the Supreme Court should side with property rights

At 585 feet, the Anaconda Smelter Stack looms large over rural western Montana. The Washington Monument-sized pillar stands as a reminder of the state's mining history and, to neighboring landowners, of the tons of toxic pollutants dumped on them and their properties for decades. The smokestack is the center of a Supreme Court case heard ...

November 22, 2019

Polluters and the EPA are trying to block property owners from suing polluters

Every day for nearly 100 years, a copper smelter in Montana spewed tons of toxic metals, arsenic, and lead from its smokestacks onto its neighbors. Those neighbors are suing Atlantic Richfield, the company that now owns the smelter, demanding that it restore their land to its original, healthy condition. But Atlantic Richfield, with the support ...

November 15, 2019

The Guardian criticizes Endangered Species Act reform that will help recover more endangered species

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is intended to protect and recover rare species. Yet instead of achieving these goals, the ESA has counterproductively imposed burdensome and costly regulations on landowners who preserved those species' habitat. For decades, PLF has pushed to correct this basic flaw in the law, recognizing that an Endangered Specie ...

October 15, 2019

The Hill: When agencies regulate in secret, none of us is safe

Imagine what it must feel like to have a government agent show up at your door, accuse you of violating some rule you've never heard of, and threaten you with massive fines and imprisonment if you don't do what he says. Wyoming's Andy Johnson doesn't have to imagine; he lived it. His alleged offense: he ...

October 09, 2019

Our fight with EPA: Andy Johnson’s story in his own words

Today, the president is signing an executive order designed to bring more accountability to federal agencies. This executive order comes partly as a result of PLF research and cases battling bureaucratic overreach. PLF client Andy Johnson will be at the signing ceremony. Below is an article from 2016 that Andy wrote describing, in his own ...

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