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What all the recent United Airlines headlines may mean for travelers 28.4.2017 Washington Post
What all the recent United Airlines headlines may mean for travelers
The Other 100 Days: 5 Decades Before Trump, the New EPA Truly Made America Great Again 28.4.2017 Mother Jones
On New Year's Day in 1970, President Richard Nixon appeared in San Clemente, California, for the momentous signing of the National Environmental Policy Act—the congressional statute that formally recast the government's role from conserving the wilderness to protecting the health of the environment and the general public. In the previous decade, rising unrest over the link between pollution and poor health—spurred forward by Rachel Carson's groundbreaking 1962 exposé Silent Spring and Lady Bird Johnson's beautification campaign —gave birth to a burgeoning environmental movement demanding strong and urgent action from the federal government. Nixon, who was largely indifferent to environmental issues but sensitive about his own popularity, succumbed to the public pressure. There was no evidence of any indifference in San Clemente that day when he laid out his new vision for the decade: "The 1970s absolutely must be the years when America pays its debt to the past by reclaiming the purity of its air, its ...
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D.C. Circuit Grants Oral Argument Postponement in Litigation over Mercury and Air Toxics Standards 27.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
D.C. Circuit Grants Oral Argument Postponement in Litigation over Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
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Exxon Mobil Fined $21 Million For Violating Clean Air Act 16,386 Times 27.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Texas judged ordered Exxon Mobil to pay $19.9 million in fines on Wednesday after finding one of the company’s refining and chemical plants illegally spewed millions of pounds of pollutants into the air. Conservation groups Environment Texas and the Sierra Club sued Exxon in 2010, saying the energy giant failed to implement technology that would curb emissions at its Baytown, Texas complex between 2005 and 2013. The groups said Exxon gained more than $14 million in economic benefits during the delay and flouted provisions of the Clean Air Act. U.S. District Judge David Hittner agreed, finding Exxon illegally released more than 10 million pounds of pollutants, including carcinogens and respiratory irritants like sulfur dioxide . In total, the court found Exxon had violated the Clean Air Act 16,386 times, with each violation carrying a fine of up to $37,500 per day . Hittner ultimately fined the company more than $21 million ― an amount that the plaintiffs had proposed. The Texas Commission on ...
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So Many Reasons To March This Saturday 26.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency falls this Saturday (an occasion we’ll be marking with a giant march of resistance ), but pundits already are labeling him as a do-nothing failure. Given that his party also controls Congress, it’s actually surprising how many of the goals Trump set during his campaign he has failed to achieve. Unfortunately, there’s one glaring exception. Trump and his administration have (with a lot of help from Congress) been relentless, ruthless, and shameless in attacking protections from pollution, exposing us to health threats, retreating from climate action, and renouncing science. Although many of these attacks can still be defeated, their scope is unprecedented. Let’s start with public lands and wildlife. That Trump would be different from any previous president was obvious on Day 1, when he picked a fight with the National Park Service over the attendance at his inauguration. From there, things just got worse: For Secretary of the Interior, Trump chose Montana’s Ryan ...
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Shining Light on Scott Pruitt’s Attacks on Our Children’s Health 26.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Charlie Jiang Wikimedia Commons The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to unravel critical clean air and climate protections is in full swing. The EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) held a three-hour long public tele-hearing this week on President Trump’s agenda to unravel vital public health and environmental safeguards . Held by phone only, in the middle of the workday, the hearing was scheduled to: [S]olicit input on specific air and radiation actions that could be repealed, replaced or modified. Under Administrator Scott Pruitt, a staggering asymmetry is underway at EPA that is a tremendous disservice to public health and the public good. EPA adopted the clean air protections now under scrutiny by Scott Pruitt and his industry allies after years of scientific research and technical analysis, extensive public notice and comment, and thorough consideration. Now, industry is trumpeting a “wish list” of these very safeguards, which they seek to discard. As this week’s opaque ...
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Clean Air Advocates Urge EPA to Reduce Smog in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Across the Eastern U.S. 26.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Clean Air Advocates Urge EPA to Reduce Smog in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Across the Eastern U.S.
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Seafood processor, EPA settle on Alaska violations 25.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Anchorage, Alaska • A Seattle-based seafood processing company operating in Alaska will be assessed a $1.3 million civil penalty for violating clean air rules under a proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Alaska. Westward Seafoods, owned by Maruha Nichiro Corp. of Japan, also would be required to pay $1.1 million for air pollution reduction projects and more than $800,000 for improved training and monitoring of emissions. It’s the second civil penalty...
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Seafood processor, EPA settle on Alaska clean air violations 25.4.2017 AP Washington
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A Seattle-based seafood processing company operating in Alaska will be assessed a $1.3 million civil penalty for violating clean air rules under a proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Alaska....
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Seafood processor, EPA settle on Alaska clean air violations 25.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Seattle-based seafood processor that operates in Alaska would pay a $1.3 million civil penalty under a proposed settlement of clean air violations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Westward Seafoods also would be required to spend $1.1 million on air pollution reduction projects and $800,000 on emissions monitoring at Dutch […]
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EPA Quietly Asked The Public Which Clean Air Rules To Cut. Industry Answered Loudest. 24.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A utility lobbyist called on regulators to do less work monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. An oil and gas lobbyist praised the Trump administration’s retreat from safeguards and urged federal rulemakers to limit regulations on carbon emissions and smog. A lobbyist for wood-product manufacturers complained about the “ever-tightening” public health standards for ozone pollution and asked regulators to change the permitting process. Those were just some of the requests made by industry advocates during a conference call Monday, when the Environmental Protection Agency held the first of several sessions to ask the public which rules should be eliminated under President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing agencies to slash regulations. The three-hour call, held by the Office of Air and Radiation, focused on clean air and ozone pollution rules. In March, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced plans to hold the public hearings, but environmental advocates say the agency scheduled the events with ...
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A disillusioned Trump voter feels betrayed now? Better late than never. 24.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Did Justin Raimondo and other anti-war voters who supported the president truly believe that Donald Trump had deeply held, well considered views on the use of force in Syria or the relative virtues of incentives and regulation in our healthcare system? (“I voted for Trump. After...

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I voted for Donald Trump. Now I feel betrayed. 24.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

I voted for Donald Trump because he promised to pursue a new foreign policy. As he said in December, “We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability, not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country.” He vowed to appoint those with “new approaches, and...

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The disabled decry seating upcharges 23.4.2017 Washington Post
A new source of revenue for airlines might put an unfair burden on customers who need aisle or middle seats.
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Destroying EPA Protections Will Disproportionately Hurt Children 23.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump's  proposed 31 percent budget cut  for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is devastating for anyone who isn't financially connected to the fossil fuel industry. Reversing the course on projects that include reducing carbon emissions, protecting rivers and streams from industrial pollutants, and investments in renewable energy is not only bad for the planet, but it is a disaster for human health. And those most at risk of a potentially more toxic environment are children. There are several reasons why children are more susceptible to pollution than adults, with the most obvious being that they spend more time outdoors and are  more likely  to come in direct contact with dirt, water, and plant life. But the real danger to children lies in their biology. As the  Center for Disease Control explains , children require more food, oxygen, and water than adults in comparison to their body size. This means that a contaminant in any one of those areas will have a greater presence in ...
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Earth Day Pioneer Calls It A 'Day Of Mourning' This Year Thanks To Trump 22.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO — Saturday is Earth Day and things haven’t looked this bad for the environment in a long time, according to a former Republican congressman who helped launch the holiday.  Pete McCloskey, who co-chaired the original Earth Day celebration in 1970, said there’s little to celebrate this year as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress set out to  slash budgets for environmental agencies and undermine laws that protect water, air and wildlife.  “This will be a black day. This will be a day of mourning for what is about to happen to environmental regulations,” said McCloskey, who represented parts of the San Francisco Bay Area in Congress from 1967 to 1983. “In 1970, it was joyous as millions of people turned out against air pollution, water pollution.” The first Earth Day  is credited with galvanizing public support behind sweeping changes to how the government managed natural resources. Months later, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean Air Act was also ...
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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far. 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump gave many signals on the campaign trail that his presidency would be a disaster for the environment. He called global warming a “hoax” and “bullshit,”  vowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, and undo regulations to revive the fossil fuel industry.   Almost 100 days into Trump’s tenure, the fears of environmentalists, scientists, public health advocates have been confirmed — and then some. Before he’d even been sworn in, Trump nominated several climate deniers chummy with the fossil fuel industry to his cabinet, including former Texas Gov.  Rick Perry  as the head of the Department of Energy and Oklahoma Attorney General  Scott Pruitt  to head the Environmental Protection Agency ― a man who had sued the agency 14 times over industry regulations. Pruitt recently claimed, in contradiction to overwhelming scientific consensus, that human activity ― i.e. the burning of fossil fuels ― is not definitively the primary contributor to climate change.  On the day Trump took ...
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I voted for Trump. After Syria, I feel betrayed 21.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

I voted for Donald Trump because he promised to pursue a new foreign policy. As he said in December, “We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability, not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country.” He vowed to appoint those with “new approaches, and...

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Nearly 400 military bases must be tested for drinking water contamination -- and it will take years 21.4.2017 Philly.com News
Three years after Bucks and Montgomery County residents began dealing with water contamination from naval bases, new numbers from the military offer the best look to date at the national scope of the problem.
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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Continues Dirty Energy Tour 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — The man in charge of protecting human health and the environment traveled to one of America’s oldest coal-fired power plants on Thursday, continuing what is shaping up to be a dirty energy tour. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt’s visit to the Thomas Hill Energy Center , in Clifton Hill, Missouri, comes one week after he traveled to a Pennsylvania coal mine  to formally launch the EPA’s “ Back-to-Basics agenda .” It also comes a day after the American Lung Association released its annual air quality report , which found nearly 4 in 10 Americans are breathing dangerous levels of pollution and warned the Trump administration that sidelining efforts to curb emissions would jeopardize public health. Pruitt echoed the message he delivered on April 13 at Pennsylvania’s Harvey Mine. “ The war on coal is over ; the war on fossil fuels is over,” he told workers at the 1,153-megawatt facility in Missouri, according to the Moberly Monitor-Index.  “Last week, I went underground in a ...
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