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2016 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

Posted Date: 
December 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Waters of the US Final Rule: Legislative & Legal Options

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2015
Contact: 
Deborah Cox, Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

NACo has received many questions recently regarding potential next steps once the final Waters of the U.S. rule is published. The purpose of this document is to explore some of the options, both legislative and legal. This document is in no way intended to serve as a recommendation or endorsement by NACo of any particular action.

Montana and 12 Other States Challenge New EPA & Corps of Engineers Regulation

Posted Date: 
June 29, 2015
Contact: 
Montana Department of Justice

Counties, farmers, ranchers, other groups support multi-state legal challenge

HELENA – Today Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 12 other states filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the new regulation broadly expanding the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. The case was filed in the U.S. district court for the District of North Dakota.

2015 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

Posted Date: 
December 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

NACo Endangered Species Act Alert

Posted Date: 
October 10, 2014
Contact: 
Paul Beddoe, NACo Deputy Legislative Director

NACo and Coalition Partners File Comments Opposing Proposed Critical Habitat Regulations

Yesterday, NACo joined its long-standing partners in the National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition (NESARC) in filing comments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (“the Services”) which oppose proposed changes to the implementing regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the process of designating critical habitat and the scope of the “adverse modification” inquiry under section 7 inter-agency consultations.

BLM's West-wide Wind Mapping Project Documents Posted & Comments Requested

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2014
Contact: 
Eddie Arreola, Supervisory Project-Manager, Bureau of Land Management; Jayme Lopez, Program Lead, National Renewable Energy Coordination Office

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the process of evaluating wind energy development potential and resource conflicts for development on public lands across 11 western states, excluding Alaska.  The West-wide Wind Mapping Project is a collaborative effort between the BLM and the DOE Argonne National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory to generate maps and geospatial data reflecting wind energy resources on the public lands and identify existing land use exclusions and other potential sensitive resources that may affect wind energy development opportunities.  A stakeholder outreach meeting was held in Denver, Colorado on September 16, 2014 to provide an opportunity for input on this effort.

Secretary Jewell Announces $436.9 Million in PILT Payments to Support Vital Services in Rural Communities

Posted Date: 
June 18, 2014
Contact: 
U.S. Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to rural communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that about 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of $436.9 million under the 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. 

NACo Action Alert: New "Waters of the U.S." Definition Released, Counties Urged to Comment

Posted Date: 
April 23, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Counties are strongly encouraged to submit written comments on potential impacts of the proposed regulation to the Federal Register

On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released a new proposed rule — Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act — that would amend the definition of "waters of the U.S." and potentially expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register, is open for public comment for 90 days, until July 21, 2014.

President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Bill

Posted Date: 
March 24, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner or Yejin Jang, Associate Legislative Directors, National Association of Counties

President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, H.R. 3370, March 21. It limits increases on flood insurance premiums and restores grandfathering.

NACo Discusses Federal Transportation Funding Crisis, Outlines Key County Priorities in MAP-21 Rewrite

Posted Date: 
March 14, 2014

On March 13, National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matt Chase participated in a bipartisan roundtable that focused on the pending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund and the expiration of the federal surface transportation bill, MAP-21.  The roundtable was led by U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).