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Trump's EPA has one less environmental predator leading the charge

Trump Nominee Withdraws Nomination To Lead EPA’s Chemical Safety Program

Michael Dourson, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety program, has reportedly withdrawn his nomination. Dourson worked 15 years at the EPA, but he has also consulted for chemical companies, Bloomberg reports, and for that work, he has received criticism. Dourson led Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, a non-profit consulting firm. An investigation by the Center…

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Don't allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in GOP Budget Crosshairs

Tell your Senator to remove drilling in the Refuge from the budget Contact your Senator now! A Medium post published by the Wilderness Society lays out the new threats facing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Congress is set to vote this month on a provision in the proposed budget allowing drilling activity in the refuge. The last refuge The Arctic…

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Pruitt's war on the EPA and the Clean Power Plan

The EPA Repeals the Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a notice proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP is the cornerstone of former President Obama’s climate change policy. In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, developed under the Clean Air Act. The Supreme Court…

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Blasting Scott Pruitt's leadership to protect human health and the environment

Former EPA Employee Once Again Blasts Scott Pruitt for Failure of Leadership

“To protect human health and the environment” The following open letter from former EPA employee Michael Cox. After 25 years with the agency, Cox retired last March. Upon his departure from EPA Cox wrote a withering letter to newly appointed EPA chief Scott Pruitt. Among his many criticisms, Cox zeroed in on Pruitt’s confounding statements on EPA’s mission, his outright…

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Clean Power Plan Executive Order

Executive Order Guts Clean Power Plan : Trump’s Imaginary War on Coal has just Begun

This morning, under the cover of “energy independence,” U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for a rewrite of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The Plan is the cornerstone of U.S. commitment to curbing emissions under the Paris climate agreement, so the rewrite represents a significant rollback of U.S. global warming mitigation as a whole. Unlike the rhetoric surrounding health care,…

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EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas…

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SCOTUS stay only a bump in the road for the Clean Power Plan as the trend away from dirty energy continues

Impact of Supreme Court Stay on Clean Power Plan

Earlier this week the Supreme Court issued a stay in a 5-4 vote along idealogical lines halting progress on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a mainstay of president Obama’s national climate action plan designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The order briefly stated that the CPP is on hold until legal challenges to the rule have run…

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