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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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Joshua Tree National Park closes to all visitors over coronavirus 1.4.2020 LA Times: Health

The park closed indefinitely to all visitors Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. It earlier had closed campgrounds and access roads into the park but allowed walkers and cyclists to enter.

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Peer reviewers of EPA’s TCE report must affirm that the key risk is fetal heart damage 1.4.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. Last week, the EPA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) conducted a virtual peer review meeting for the Agency’s draft risk evaluation of trichloroethylene (TCE). As expected, there was substantial discussion on the appropriateness of EPA’s decision to make risk determinations based on immune endpoints rather than fetal […]
The state's new delta water rules don't end conflict with Washington 1.4.2020 LA Times: Environment

New California rules governing state water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta triggered threats of lawsuits and complaints from both sides.

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Trump administration weakens auto emissions, rolling back key climate policy 1.4.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The Trump administration is replacing Obama-era fuel economy standards with weaker ones that will allow for more air pollution. Groups are already lining up to challenge the new rule.
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As the Nation Worries About Coronavirus, the Trump Administration is Rolling Back Environmental Rules 31.3.2020 Mother Jones
As the coronavirus spreads and grabs headlines, the federal government has been quietly removing the rules that protect people and the environment from pollution.  On Tuesday, the rule on the chopping block is a 2012 standard targeting car pollution. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler is expected to announce a weaker replacement for the Obama administration’s […]
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Trump weakens fuel economy standards, rolling back biggest U.S. effort against climate change 31.3.2020 LA Times: Environment

The Trump administration released weaker fuel economy standards for new cars and trucks, pitting the federal government against California on a policy key to combating climate change.

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Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push 31.3.2020 Denver Post: Local
President Donald Trump is poised to roll back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards and raise the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come, gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts against climate change.
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3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread 31.3.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus — even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks.
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Trump to roll back fuel economy standards, reversing major effort to combat climate change 31.3.2020 LA Times: Environment

The White House is likely to finalize plans to weaken fuel-economy standards, undoing the biggest single step the U.S. has taken to fight global warming.

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Citing coronavirus, EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws 27.3.2020 LA Times: Environment

Citing coronavirus safety concerns, the EPA has temporarily suspended enforcement of environmental laws.

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Forest Service closes all of its trailheads, campgrounds and picnic sites across Colorado 27.3.2020 Denver Post: Entertainment
Plus, Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed all of its campgrounds.
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Judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline 26.3.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil.
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National parks have been closing across the country to avoid crowding during coronavirus outbreak 25.3.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
From Rocky Mountain National Park to Yosemite, parks have been closing.
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Policy News: March 23, 2020 24.3.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: ESA Requests Research Funding in Pandemic Response Legislation, Extension for NSF Grant Deadlines Congress considers third COVID-19 bill. White House instructs federal agencies to provide short-term administrative relief for grantees. Webinar: What You Need to Know about the Nagoya Protocol, Access, and Benefit-sharing When Planning Your Research Webinar will be held on ...
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Army Corps of Engineers to convert hotels, dorms for hospital units amid coronavirus' spread 21.3.2020 LA Times: Health

The military is helping as the coronavirus spreads, providing equipment and hospital ships while governors activate National Guard troops. But its capabilities are limited.

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National parks are now free, but not everyone wants you to flock to them 20.3.2020 Denver Post: Local
National parks are free during the coronavirus outbreak to encourage social distancing. But not everyone is happy about it.
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EPA’s draft risk evaluation of trichloroethylene contains major scientific flaws that understate the chemical’s risk and demand robust review 19.3.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. Yesterday Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) filed comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft risk evaluation for the highly toxic chemical trichloroethylene, or TCE. This draft, readers will recall, is the document that the Trump White House forced EPA to dramatically weaken just prior to public release, as reported […]
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Craig man agrees to pay $500,000 to feds for sparking Dead Dog Fire in June 2017 17.3.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
A Craig man who started a wildfire in 2017, known as the Dead Dog Fire, and the Grange Insurance Association have paid $500,000 to the United States government to resolve liability for a fire that burned more than 17,000 acres on federal land north of Rangely.
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EPA needs to postpone next week’s peer review of its draft risk evaluation of trichloroethylene 17.3.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. As we all deal with an emerging major health crisis, it is critical that the quality of ongoing work on other issues vital to protecting public health is not sacrificed or compromised as a result.  Given this, we strongly urge EPA to postpone next week’s peer review of […]
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