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EPA Wants Coal Plants to Emit More Toxic Mercury

EPA Wants Coal Plants to Emit More Toxic Mercury

The Trump administration is proposing to significantly weaken a rule that limits the amount of mercury and other toxic emissions from coal plants, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist and acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has drafted a plan that would undermine the 2011 […]

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    Trump’s ‘Dirty Power Plan’ Could Cost More Than 1,000 Lives a Year

    Trump’s ‘Dirty Power Plan’ Could Cost More Than 1,000 Lives a Year

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled on Tuesday its long-anticipated replacement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The new coal pollution rules will increase planet-warming carbon pollution and could cost more than a thousand American lives each year, according to the EPA’s own estimates. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler released the “Affordable Clean Energy […]

    Career EPA Staff Objected to Trump Administration’s Asbestos Plan

    Career EPA Staff Objected to Trump Administration’s Asbestos Plan

    Attorneys and scientists with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected to the Trump administration’s proposal of a “significant new use rule” (SNUR) for asbestos, according to internal agency emails obtained by the The New York Times. Trump’s former EPA boss Scott Pruitt quietly announced the proposal in June, framing the plan as an “important, […]

    Trump Fuel Efficiency Proposal Is Attack on Global Climate and States’ Rights, Critics Say

    Trump Fuel Efficiency Proposal Is Attack on Global Climate and States’ Rights, Critics Say

    The Trump administration followed through on a move long dreaded by environmental groups and several states Thursday, publishing an official proposal to rollback Obama-era vehicle emissions standards and to revoke California’s waiver to set stricter air pollution standards under the Clean Air Act, E&E News reported. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National […]

    Green Groups Worry New Coal Ash Rule Could Harm Human Health

    Green Groups Worry New Coal Ash Rule Could Harm Human Health

    Environmental groups expressed concerns over the health impacts of a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to relax regulations on coal ash, CNN reported Saturday. Coal ash contains toxic metals like arsenic, lead and mercury and is often left in ponds where it has been known to contaminate groundwater. The rule change gives states […]

    Green Groups Sue EPA to Reverse Pruitt’s Last Act

    Green Groups Sue EPA to Reverse Pruitt’s Last Act

    Environmental groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to block Scott Pruitt‘s last act as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an act they say his replacement Andrew Wheeler declined to undo despite requests. On July 6, the EPA wrote two memos saying the makers of super-polluting “glider trucks,” new truck bodies using […]

    EPA Shakeup: Wheeler Gives First Address as Top Pruitt Aides Step Down

    EPA Shakeup: Wheeler Gives First Address as Top Pruitt Aides Step Down

    Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler addressed his new employees for the first time Wednesday, setting the tone and agenda for his leadership, Pacific Standard reported. Wheeler broke with ex-EPA head Scott Pruitt in style, but not in substance, vowing to be more transparent and listen to career staffers while also upholding President […]

    Pruitt’s Parting Attack on America’s Air Could Cost 1,600 Lives

    Pruitt’s Parting Attack on America’s Air Could Cost 1,600 Lives

    In his last day at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Friday, ousted Administrator Scott Pruitt left a parting gift for polluters, and took a parting shot at America’s lungs. Pruitt acted to remove a cap on the number of glider trucks—new truck bodies built without engines or transmission that produce 55 times the air […]