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    Trump’s Pick for Top EPA Post Under Scrutiny for Deep Ties to Chemical Industry

    Trump’s Pick for Top EPA Post Under Scrutiny for Deep Ties to Chemical Industry

    From Scott Pruitt to Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump has notoriously appointed a slew of individuals with serious conflicts of interests with the departments they oversee. The latest is Michael L. Dourson, Trump’s pick to head the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, the government’s chemical safety program. Media reports reveal that the […]

    EPA Chemical Safety Nominee Is a Hired Gun for Tobacco and Chemical Industries

    EPA Chemical Safety Nominee Is a Hired Gun for Tobacco and Chemical Industries

    By Jack Pratt For decades, a weak law left Americans at risk from toxic chemicals in everyday products such as cleaners and fabrics. As a result, chemicals tied to infertility, learning disabilities and even cancer found their way into all our homes, schools and workplaces. A turn-around looked likely in 2016 when Congress passed a […]

    U.S. Air Force Is Spraying 6 Million Acres With Chemicals in Response to Harvey

    U.S. Air Force Is Spraying 6 Million Acres With Chemicals in Response to Harvey

    By Whitney Webb Amid statewide efforts to clean up the aftermath left by the historic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Pentagon announced last week that it had dispatched C-130H Sprayers from the Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing in order to “assist with recovery efforts in eastern Texas.” However, these “recovery efforts” have little […]

    13 Toxic Waste Sites Damaged by Harvey, Houston Awash in Chemicals

    13 Toxic Waste Sites Damaged by Harvey, Houston Awash in Chemicals

    Toxic waste and pollution are emerging as a top concern as cleanup continued in Houston over the long weekend. Owners of the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, which suffered multiple explosions and fires last week, announced Sunday it would conduct controlled burns of the rest of the chemicals stored at the damaged facility as a […]

    Arkema Plant Explosion Sparks Criticism of Trump EPA Relaxing Chemical Safety Rules

    Arkema Plant Explosion Sparks Criticism of Trump EPA Relaxing Chemical Safety Rules

    Thursday’s explosions at the Harvey-damaged Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas have prompted criticism of the Trump administration’s delay of an Obama-era chemical safety regulation that was designed to “improve chemical process safety, assist local emergency authorities in planning for and responding to accidents, and improve public awareness of chemical hazards at regulated source.” The […]

    2 Explosions Reported at Houston-Area Chemical Plant Damaged by Harvey Floods

    2 Explosions Reported at Houston-Area Chemical Plant Damaged by Harvey Floods

    Two explosions and black smoke were reported from an Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, Texas—about 25 miles outside of Houston—on Thursday morning. The facility, which was swamped by six feet of water from Hurricane Harvey‘s unprecedented flooding, manufacturers organic peroxides for the production of plastic resins, polystyrene, paints and other products. As the New York […]

    Fracking Debate Ramps Up Again in Illinois With First Permit Application Under New Rules

    Fracking Debate Ramps Up Again in Illinois With First Permit Application Under New Rules

    By Kari Lydersen Four years ago, the Illinois legislature passed a law to regulate high volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, after months of contentious negotiations between oil industry interests, environmental watchdogs and community groups. Leading up to the law’s passage, companies had secured hundreds of leases to potentially frack in Southern Illinois. But then oil […]