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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves 16.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.
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The Trump EPA is poised to grant the chemical industry yet another of its wishes under TSCA 16.11.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. The chemical industry has long sought to have the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rubber-stamp as “safe” as many of its chemicals as possible without imposing any burden on the industry to develop the information needed to actually demonstrate safety.  It has repeatedly pushed for EPA to set aside […]
Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise 15.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The U.S. Senate has approved a compromise policy on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy.
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Lawsuit seeks to maintain federal gray wolf protections 14.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
An environmental group has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve federal protections for gray wolves and force the agency to develop a national recovery plan for the species.
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FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017 13.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17 percent in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row.
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Science Under Siege 12.11.2018 American Prospect
House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith speaks on Capitol Hill.  This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  The HONEST Act may be one of the most perversely named pieces of legislation ever. Sponsored by Texas Republican Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee and one of the most fervent climate-science deniers in Congress, the acronym stands for Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment. Smith, who is retiring this year, attempted to get the legislation through Congress in the past two sessions. Both times, it barely passed the House and failed in the Senate. That would usually be the end of it, but in line with the Trump playbook, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, announced he would issue most of the “HONEST” agenda as a proposed rule retitled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” The proposed “HONEST” rule sounds ever so reasonable. It would require that EPA’s scientific ...
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Judge puts Keystone XL Pipeline on hold pending further environmental study 9.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Judge Brian Morris wrote the State Department's analysis of the pipeline's potential environmental impact fell short of a "hard look" on several items, including greenhouse gas emissions.
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Coal is not competitive with cheaper alternatives, and the industry's true costs are even higher 8.11.2018 Resource Efficiency |
Power plant emissions kill tens of thousands of Americans each year, scientists estimate.
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In New Mexico's Permian, federal plans mean more methane waste unless state steps up 6.11.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
In New Mexico's Permian, federal plans mean more methane waste unless state steps up
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Lead from a new “lead-free” brass faucet? More common than you’d hope 6.11.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D. is the Chemicals Policy Director and Lindsay McCormick is a Project Manager. During this past year, we undertook a pilot project to tackle the problem of lead in drinking water at child care facilities. As part of the effort, we collected 250 mL samples (about 8 ounces of water) from every drinking […]
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Curbing CAFE and zero-emissions standards wouldn’t mean the end of plug-ins 6.11.2018 Business Operations |
Long vehicle design cycles and mandates beyond the U.S. border will continue to fuel progress.
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Need more evidence of the chemical industry’s bad faith on TSCA? Read this. 1.11.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist.  Stephanie Schwarz, J.D., is a Legal Fellow. This story is about chemicals known as chlorinated paraffins.  They are used as flame retardants, plasticizers and lubricants, among other things.  They come in three main versions:  short, medium, and long-chain.  Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) have been banned or are set to […]
EPA to Eliminate Letter Grades for Some Project Reviews 25.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The move is the latest by the Trump-era EPA to simplify the federal permitting process, especially for highways, bridges and other infrastructure projects.
New EPA data confirms methane emissions not declining fast enough 23.10.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New EPA data confirms methane emissions not declining fast enough
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Justice Department expands tribal police help, calling it 'right thing to do' 22.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Justice and Interior Departments are expanding a program that connects tribal law enforcement with national crime databases. The initiative has helped solve crimes and register sex offenders.
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Reviewing police in Starbucks incident: Why new report used 'white supremacy' and other loaded terms | Opinion 18.10.2018 News
Language matters when talking about what happened at the Starbucks last April.
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One click away: We discovered just how easy it still is to purchase deadly paint strippers 18.10.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Sam Lovell, Project Specialist, and Andrew Reagan, Campaign Project Manager. Methylene chloride is a deadly chemical used in common paint stripping products. It is known to have caused over 50 deaths from acute exposure – though many more likely have gone unreported. Health impacts from lower-level, chronic exposure to the chemical through use of these products, while […]
What Time Is it in Europe? Soon, the Answer Might Be Really Confusing 18.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: World
The European Union’s 28 countries are discussing whether to cede control of clocks to each nation; it’s “impossible for old people to change the clock on the microwave two times a year.”
EPA Updates its 3Ts Guidance for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water 17.10.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Lindsay McCormick, is a Project Manager. Tom Neltner, J.D., is the Chemicals Policy Director. Earlier this month, EPA released its updated 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water Toolkit, which provides guidance for schools and child care facilities seeking to ensure children are safe from lead in water.  The new 3Ts – an update to the agency’s […]
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