Last Friday, a federal court ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to temporarily delay nationwide adoption of the "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule. The order was in response to challenges brought by 18 states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin).
Two of the three 6th Circuit Court of Appeals judges held that the states bringing the challenges "have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims" and ordered the rule to be "STAYED, nationwide, pending further order of the court." However, in the coming weeks, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals must determine whether it has the authority to hear the case.
This comes only after a separate decision on August 27 by the U.S. District Court of North Dakota to delay the rule in 13 states (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming). Prior to last week's Court of Appeals ruling, however, the EPA and the Corps were still legally allowed to implement the final rule in the remaining 37 states.
While numerous WOTUS cases have been filed by 31 states and other private parties in separate circuit courts, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided that the cases would be merged in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals because they are similar in nature. However, in a separate development, the same panel denied the Department of Justice's request to consolidate other WOTUS lawsuits filed separately in district court against U.S. EPA and the Corps.
This development only increases the complexity because it remains undetermined whether challenges to the rule will ultimately be heard in circuit or district courts. This will likely lengthen the timeframe of the rule's judicial proceedings.
(from the National Association of Counties)
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
Oct. 2, 2015
This is Jason Lamb with your Gardening Minute.
Mice and Rats can create significant problems for home owners. During the fall mice start looking for winter nesting sites such as in your home. The most common rodents found in homes are the house mouse, roof rat, deer mice, and Norway rat.
When, controlling rodents there are four steps that you should followed. First, try snap traps. Set snap traps at right angles, along travel routes where rodent droppings are evident. Good mice baits are peanut butter, chocolate, beacon, dry oat meal and cotton balls. Try several different baits at a time to see what they are eating. Traps can be pre-baited without setting the trap at least once to increase success.
Secondly, Sanitation is very effective in reducing rat and mice populations. Eliminate sources of food by cleaning or storing foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers. Waste and garbage should be disposed in tightly covered metal cans. Keep dog and cat food cleaned up.
Thirdly, clean up mice nesting sites, applying a 10% solution of bleach prior to cleaning for protection against Hantavirus.
Finally, Exclusion is always the most permanent means of control. Mice can enter your home through opening as small as a ¼ inch. Openings should be covered with rodent-resistant materials, such hardware cloth.
For more information about rodent control please contact us at the Cooperative Extension Office at 461-0562. This has been your Gardening Minute with Jason Lamb your Quay County Ag. Extension Agent. Where are programs are open to everyone.
(Adapted from NMSU Guild L-209 – Rodent Control)