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EPA Administrator Wheeler prepares to gut Clean Power Plan, increasing pollution and harming health 16.8.2018 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is reportedly planning to all but abolish one of America’s most important climate protections: the Clean Power Plan, our only nation-wide limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Though Wheeler might claim that he is offering a Clean Power Plan “replacement,” his reported plan would forfeit the tremendous benefits […]
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EPA Administrator Wheeler prepares to allow massive increases in climate pollution 16.8.2018 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is reportedly planning to all but abolish one of America’s most important climate protections: the Clean Power Plan, our only nation-wide limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Though Wheeler might claim that he is offering a Clean Power Plan “replacement,” his reported plan would forfeit the tremendous benefits […]
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EPA's new asbestos rule: Philadelphia doctors call it 'a death sentence' 10.8.2018 Philly.com News
With its many older buildings and shipbuilding heritage, Philadelphia faces a legacy of asbestos dangers. Much of the scientific research linking asbestos fibers and cancer was assembled by Philadelphia researchers.
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Can the EPA Roll Back California's Clean Air Standards? 10.8.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) The Los Angeles skyline on June 24, 2010 Capital & Main  is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. When officials within the Trump administration, on August 2, proposed scaling back Obama-era fuel-economy standards and revoking California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes, they were betting on the chance that courts can’t tell the difference between a law against gas guzzlers and one against carbon belchers. Low-mileage cars and low-emissions cars are often one and the same, they may have reasoned. If you’re requiring a car to emit less carbon dioxide, you’re also asking that it burn less fuel. That part might be mostly true, although there are emissions controls that have nothing to do with gas mileage. But from a legal standpoint, fuel economy and tailpipe emissions take distinctly different routes to regulation. Fuel-economy ...
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Rural Americans' struggles against factory farm pollution find traction in court 6.8.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Industrial farms have negatively impacted surrounding communities for decades, but new litigation might be changing that.
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Families speak out on trichloroethylene exposure: It’s time for EPA to act on TCE 2.8.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Samantha Lovell is a Project Specialist. Lindsay McCormick, is a Project Manager. Today, families from across the country came to Washington, DC to tell lawmakers how the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) has impacted their lives. TCE is a known human carcinogen that is toxic to the immune system and kidney, and can cause fetal heart damage […]
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Judge Kavanaugh’s Deregulatory Agenda 25.7.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the East Room of the White House Most of us take for granted the federal regulations that make our air cleaner, our drinking water purer, our food, highways and workplaces safer, and our economic transactions less vulnerable to fraud and abuse. And few of us realize the extent to which those protections are subject to reversal by federal courts applying legal principles prescribed by the Supreme Court. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be a fervent vote against even well established forms of regulation. A telling example of Kavanaugh’s ideological aversion to even minimal government regulation is his dissent in a case in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined SeaWorld of Florida following a tragic incident at its Orlando facility in which a killer whale named Tilikum pulled a trainer off a platform and held her underwater until she drowned.  A ...
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She warned America that Russia hacked our voting rolls. Why is she in jail? | Will Bunch 25.7.2018 Philly.com News
Last week's indictment of 12 Russian spies was a vindication for a young Georgia woman named Reality Winner, who'd warned the nation in 2017 that governmental denials about hacking of voting systems weren't true. Unfortunately, she got the news while serving a 63-month prison sentence.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell Says Trade Policies Complicate Outlook 13.7.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said a strong economy will allow the central bank to keep raising interest rates gradually and said it was too soon to judge how recent trade policy actions could influence the central bank’s policies.
Big corporate and civic fleet buyers push for more EV choices 12.7.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
An airy, brick-walled space, next to a Formula E race track, set the scene for a campaign kickoff Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York, intended to promote zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) as a way to fight climate change at a time when the federal government wants to relax rules to limit tailpipe emissions.
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Minn. agency says EPA decision puts at risk lung, heart health 12.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The EPA effectively removed limits on manufacturing of glider kits, freight truck bodies that often use outdated, heavily polluting engines.
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There Are a Few Things Environmentalists Actually Do Agree On 7.7.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Sometimes the most vicious fights occur over the smallest differences. Brutal battles have pitted Catholics that kneel in prayer against Protestant sects that stood before the same God. There’s a (possibly apocryphal) story from the US House of Representatives about a senior […]
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How Pruitt's EPA finds a dangerous chemical is safe: Ignore most exposures to it 5.7.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. The 2016 Lautenberg Act amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) expanded and enhanced Congress’ vision for how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should evaluate and mitigate the potential risks of chemicals.   The original TSCA was intended to encompass the full lifecycles of chemicals, from manufacturing to […]
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Anthony Kennedy’s Retirement Is Probably Making Scott Pruitt Very, Very Happy 3.7.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Vermont Law School professor Patrick Parenteau has given lots of interviews since Wednesday, when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Most have focused on how Kennedy’s absence from the court will help Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental […]
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Bipartisan western governors agree methane reductions benefit states 28.6.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Bipartisan western governors agree methane reductions benefit states
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U.S., European Air-Safety Agencies Follow Different Paths on Drone Regulation 23.6.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Europe’s commercial-drone industry likely faces slower growth and tighter initial safety restrictions than U.S. operators, based on comments by the head of the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The White House Tried to Suppress a Bombshell Study Because They Were Afraid of the PR 23.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Trump administration feared it would be a “public relations nightmare”: a major federal study that concluded contaminated groundwater across the country, especially near military bases, was more toxic than the government realized. Political aides to President Donald Trump […]
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Kate Logan on How Data Transparency and Social Media Are Cleaning Up China’s Air: Fighting for Blue Skies Part 2/3 20.6.2018 THE CITY FIX
In 2010, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing began reporting data on local air quality from a monitoring station on its roof. Once the dismal numbers were shared on Twitter, a storm of public outcry was unleashed that would culminate in ...
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Policy News: June 11, 2018 12.6.2018 EcoTone
ESA Policy News In This Issue: Proposed Alaskan Pebble Mine Could Threaten World’s Largest Salmon Fishery and Wetlands Army Corps of Engineers seeks public comments by June 29. EPA’s Science Advisory Board Holds First Meeting of 2018, Congress Signals Its Support SAB voted to review the EPA’s ‘secret science’ proposed rule. Congress House Appropriations Committee ...
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CU begins testing blood of people who may have consumed water contaminated by chemicals in firefighting foam used on Peterson AFB 3.6.2018 Denver Post: Business
Two years after revelations that one of mankind's hardest-to-get-rid-of chemicals has contaminated groundwater tapped by communities south of Colorado Springs, full investigation of the harm still isn't done.
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