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Virginia Senate Panel Rejects Trump’s EPA Chief Wheeler for State’s Top Environmental Post, But Could He Still Get the Nomination?

Virginia Senate Panel Rejects Trump’s EPA Chief Wheeler for State’s Top Environmental Post, But Could He Still Get the Nomination?

A Virginia Senate panel has rejected former coal-lobbyist and Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler from serving in the state’s top environmental post.  Wheeler was first nominated to serve as the state’s secretary of natural resources by new Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin in early January, as Huffpost reported at the time. The […]

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    EPA Allows Coal Ash Ponds to Stay Open Despite Court Order

    EPA Allows Coal Ash Ponds to Stay Open Despite Court Order

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a rule change on Friday that will allow some coal power plants to ignore a court order to clean up coal ash ponds, which leech toxic materials into soil and groundwater. The rule change will allow some coal ash ponds to stay open for years while others that […]

    Trump’s Latest EPA Rollback Lets Polluters Spew More Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

    Trump’s Latest EPA Rollback Lets Polluters Spew More Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

    Trump‘s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has weakened yet another safeguard against air pollution in the midst of a respiratory pandemic. The agency finalized a rollback Thursday of the Clinton-era “once in, always in” policy that required major polluters like industrial plants and refineries to maintain the highest possible levels of pollution controls as long as […]

    EPA Doubles Down on Its Attempt to Censor Science

    EPA Doubles Down on Its Attempt to Censor Science

    By Vijay Limaye The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 censoring science proposal aimed to undercut the agency’s application of landmark public health science by severely restricting its use in decision making. The proposal was a dangerous disaster that lacked any sound legal basis and threatened to impose draconian and hugely costly restrictions on the types […]

    EPA Updates Plans to Limit Use of Science in Decision-Making

    EPA Updates Plans to Limit Use of Science in Decision-Making

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used the cover of Super Tuesday to put out an update to its plans to limit scientific research in its decision-making on Tuesday evening, as the mass media world had its eyes focused on the election results trickling in. The proposal, called Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, is part […]

    Trump’s Hand-Picked Scientists Rebuke EPA Rollbacks

    Trump’s Hand-Picked Scientists Rebuke EPA Rollbacks

    A top science-advisory board staffed with many of the Trump administration’s hand-picked appointees rebuked three of Trump’s most sweeping rollbacks of environmental regulations as flying in the face of established science, as The New York Times reported. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board, which reviews the scientific integrity of EPA policies, published a draft […]

    Trump’s EPA Backs Bayer’s Appeal in Roundup Verdict Appeal

    Trump’s EPA Backs Bayer’s Appeal in Roundup Verdict Appeal

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added its weight to back Bayer AG in its appeal against a federal jury verdict that decided its Roundup weed killer causes cancer, according to Bloomberg. Bayer is looking to overturn a verdict that first awarded a plaintiff $80 million, but was reduced to $25 million by a federal judge, […]