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    In Alabama, a Cleanup Unearths Toxins—and Scandal

    In Alabama, a Cleanup Unearths Toxins—and Scandal

    By Matt Smith Lot by lot, backhoes and dump trucks are scraping and hauling away yards on the north side of Birmingham to remove soil laced with heavy metals and other industrial wastes—the legacy of this city’s years as a steelmaking power. Federal prosecutors say that effort also uncovered something else: a scheme to save […]

    Judge Orders Trump’s EPA Pick to Release Emails by Tuesday

    Judge Orders Trump’s EPA Pick to Release Emails by Tuesday

    The Oklahoma County Court on Thursday found Trump‘s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nominee Scott Pruitt in violation of the state’s Open Records Act. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed a lawsuit against Pruitt for improperly withholding public records and the court ordered his office to release thousands of emails in a matter […]

    Michael Mann: It’s Open Season on Climate Scientists

    Michael Mann: It’s Open Season on Climate Scientists

    I coined the term “Serengeti Strategy” in my 2012 book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars. It’s meant to describe how industry special interests and their patrons in power single out individual researchers or teams of scientists for attack, in much the same way lions of the Serengeti single out an individual zebra from […]

    Trump Picks ‘Puppet of the Fossil Fuel Industry’ to Head EPA

    Trump Picks ‘Puppet of the Fossil Fuel Industry’ to Head EPA

    Donald Trump has appointed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The conservative Republican has close ties to the fossil fuel industry and has waged numerous legal wars against the EPA and President Obama’s environmental regulations, including the president’s signature Clean Power Plan. Pruitt, who was elected as Oklahoma’s […]

    More Chemicals Allowed in Florida Waterways, Toxic Algae Blooms Continue to Spread Across State

    More Chemicals Allowed in Florida Waterways, Toxic Algae Blooms Continue to Spread Across State

    Florida regulators voted to approve new water quality standards that would increase the amount of carcinogenic toxins allowed in Florida’s waterways. The Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a proposal by state regulators that would set new standards on 39 chemicals not currently regulated by the Sunshine State and revise regulations on 43 […]

    How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails

    How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These “synergistic” combinations have been widely overlooked by the EPA […]

    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. […]