In 2009, Karen Budd-Falen began researching how national environmental groups were taking advantage of fee shifting provisions contained within some of the most prominent federal environmental regulations. What she found was shocking!
At the most basic level, fee shifting provisions provide compensation for citizens who bring litigation against the federal government to enforce the federal laws. This concept provides for a “checks-and-balances” of the federal government by private citizens, and diminishes the worry of those citizens that they cannot afford to bring a lawsuit. While the premise of fee shifting statutes is admirable, some national environmental groups have severely taken advantage of the system – in some cases, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for lawsuits that enforce procedures, and don’t protect the environment.
Thus, Ms. Budd-Falen has brought to light this controversy, presenting her findings at various conferences and through various media outlets – including radio, newspaper, and webcasts – throughout the West.
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National Wild Horse and Burro Management Summit (August 22-24, 2017)
The goal is this summit is full implementation of the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Management Act. Speakers will synthesize the policy, legal, science, best management practices leading to resolution of wild horse and burro management issues.
August 23, 2017 | Salt Lake City Marriott, Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake City
Speaker: Franklin J. Falen
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