clean air act

Judge Allows Trump to Waive Environmental Laws to Build Border Wall

Judge Allows Trump to Waive Environmental Laws to Build Border Wall

A federal judge in San Diego ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration can waive a slew of environmental laws and other regulations to build the president’s highly vaunted U.S.-Mexico border wall in California. Federal laws waived by the Department of Homeland Security for construction of a border wall include the Endangered Species Act, the Clean […]

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    New Bill Would Block EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gases

    New Bill Would Block EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gases

    Republican lawmakers have proposed a bill to curtail the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to address climate change. The “Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017” (HR637) would amend the Clean Air Act so that: “The term ‘air pollutant’ does not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride.” The […]

    A Preventable Chemical Plant Explosion May Be Closer Than You Think

    A Preventable Chemical Plant Explosion May Be Closer Than You Think

    Phil Radford Last Thursday, President Obama issued an Executive Order mandating that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the departments of Labor and Homeland Security to develop plans for new safety measure at chemical plants like the one in West, TX, that exploded in April, killing 17 people and injuring hundreds. That West, TX, tragedy […]

    The Hidden Hazards in Your Laundry Basket

    The Hidden Hazards in Your Laundry Basket

    Amy Mathews Amos I did something on vacation this spring that I normally never do: I sent my clothes to the laundry. Usually I pride myself on packing so wisely that I can last a week out of a carry-on bag, and I’m typically not staying in a place swanky enough to actually “do” laundry. […]

    How Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy

    How Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy

    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock In a surprise move, the eight Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday blocked a floor vote on President Obama’s nominee, Gina McCarthy, as U.S. EPA Administrator. In doing so the Republican senators broke their earlier promise to move McCarthy’s nomination if she […]

    Exposing the ‘War on Coal’ Charade

    Exposing the ‘War on Coal’ Charade

    Media Matters for America By Shauna Theel Following the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), conservative media are once again claiming that the Obama administration’s U.S. EPA has waged a “war on coal.” But that narrative ignores how natural gas has outcompeted coal, and why the long-overdue Clean Air […]

    Would You Like Soot With that Hot Dog?

    Would You Like Soot With that Hot Dog?

    EcoWatch By Paul E McGinniss Dirty, soot covered snow in Cony Island, New York. Photo courtesy e-arcades.com As a native New Yorker, I know soot. Talk to anyone in NYC and they will tell you they’ve wiped soot off their faces, window sills, car windows and picnic tables. Fortunately, on Dec. 14, the U.S. Environmental […]

    Oil and Gas Facility ‘Accidents’ Are Major Source of Air Pollution

    Oil and Gas Facility ‘Accidents’ Are Major Source of Air Pollution

    Environmental Integrity Project A natural gas flare in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Wesley Miller. “Accidents” and other non-routine events at Texas oil and gas facilities, refineries and petrochemical plants released almost 100,000 tons of pollution from 2009-2011, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) based on data from gathered from a […]

    Northeastern Coal Plant Retirement Announced in Oklahoma

    Northeastern Coal Plant Retirement Announced in Oklahoma

    Sierra Club Sierra Club joined Gov. Mary Fallin, Attorney General Scott Pruitt, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and American Electric Power subsidiary Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (AEP-PSO) yesterday in announcing an agreement in principle in pending federal court litigation over the state’s clean air protections. The agreement sets firm dates for retiring both units […]