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Coal ash waste pond. Most are unlined and nearly all contaminate groundwater

Toxic Coal Ash Waste Is Contaminating U.S. Groundwater

Over 95 percent of U.S. coal ash ponds are unlined. Nearly all of them are leaking toxins into groundwater that is considered safe to drink by the EPA.

Trump's attempt to rollback lightbulb efficiency standards will cost Americans money and impact human health

Trump Administration Rolls Back Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

The light-emitting diode, more commonly known as an LED light bulb, is incredibly efficient. They use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, according to the Department of Energy. Widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh, which is equivalent to the annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants and savings…

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The Colorado River is a crucial source of drinking water for at least 30 million people

U.S. Companies Making a Splash In Water Resource Management

Water scarcity is a big problem in the U.S. The Colorado River supplies drinking water to 30 million Americans in seven states and Mexico, plus irrigation water for farmers. The river is drying up in places. Lake Mead in Arizona may be dry by 2021 as a result because the Colorado River supplies 97 percent of its water. The lake…

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David Bernhardt seeks to block FOIA into DOI activities

The Interior Department Wants to Restrict Public Requests for Information

Just when you thought the Interior Department might recover from former secretary Ryan Zinke’s leadership, it becomes clear the acting secretary David Bernhardt’s leadership might not be any better. The Interior Department proposed a rule over the government shutdown that would restrict public records requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA is “vital to the functioning of…

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Senate Passes a Bill Permanently Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a bulwark in the face of weakened environmental regulations.

Even as many big corporations make progress on their sustainability goals, serious gaps remain on how they continue to facilitate sexual exploitation

Companies Touting Sustainability Efforts Make List of Companies Facilitating Sexual Exploitation

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) recently launched its 2019 Dirty Dozen List of companies and entities that facilitate sexual exploitation in the U.S. Four of the companies on the list tout their sustainability programs. Those companies are Amazon, Google, Twitter, and United Airlines. There is a serious disconnect with these companies between their sustainability efforts and their efforts…

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Trump administration seeks rollback of toxic mercury emissions standards, putting thousands of lives in jeopardy

The Trump Administration Is Gutting a Toxic Emissions Standard

The Trump administration defies utilities, scientists, health professionals, and his own EPA to rollback mercury emissions standards and put lives in danger