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Trump’s EPA Won’t Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide

Trump’s EPA Won’t Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide

President Donald Trump‘s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not ban the agricultural use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide that the EPA’s own scientists have linked to brain damage in children, The New York Times reported Thursday. The decision, announced Thursday, was a response to a petition from public health and environmental groups who had […]

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    Trump’s 2020 Budget Would Cut EPA Funding by 31%

    Trump’s 2020 Budget Would Cut EPA Funding by 31%

    President Donald Trump released his budget for fiscal year 2020 on Monday, to a general outcry from environmental groups who say it underfunds key programs and agencies. EcoWatch has already reported on its biggest ask — $8.6 billion in funding for a border wall that would threaten borderland wildlife and communities — but the budget […]

    Organic Foods Are the Only ‘Clean’ Packaged Option for Consumers

    Organic Foods Are the Only ‘Clean’ Packaged Option for Consumers

    Unlike organic packaged foods, conventional packaged food contains thousands of poorly regulated food chemicals, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group. “Although many consumers choose organic to avoid toxic pesticides, few know that federal rules dramatically limit the use of synthetic substances in organic food,” said EWG nutritionist Dawn Undurraga, one of […]

    New Investigation: Surge of Poultry Factory Farms in North Carolina Added Waste From 515.3M Chickens to That of 9.7M Hogs

    New Investigation: Surge of Poultry Factory Farms in North Carolina Added Waste From 515.3M Chickens to That of 9.7M Hogs

    North Carolina, a state known for the devastating environmental and public health impacts of industrial-scale hog production, now has more than twice as many poultry factory farms as swine operations, according to a new investigation from the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance. The groups’ research found that in 2018, manure from 515.3 million chickens […]

    ‘As Trumpian As it Gets’: Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Moves Closer to Full-Time EPA Spot

    ‘As Trumpian As it Gets’: Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Moves Closer to Full-Time EPA Spot

    Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler is one step closer to deregulating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The former coal lobbyist, who critics say is even worse for the environment than his scandal-plagued predecessor Scott Pruitt, secured a key approval by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday, sending President Trump‘s […]

    Drinking Water PFAS Contamination Crisis: Ex-Koch Chemicals Executive Playing Key Role in Shaping EPA’s Response

    Drinking Water PFAS Contamination Crisis: Ex-Koch Chemicals Executive Playing Key Role in Shaping EPA’s Response

    A former chemical and fossil fuel industry executive who recently oversaw the anti-environmental agenda of the Koch brothers is playing a lead role crafting the Trump administration’s plan to address the crisis of PFAS contamination in the nation’s drinking water supply, according to a report Monday by Politico. David Dunlap, a top political appointee in […]

    ‘Absolutely Unconscionable’: Trump EPA Refuses to Limit Toxic Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water

    ‘Absolutely Unconscionable’: Trump EPA Refuses to Limit Toxic Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water

    By Jessica Corbett In a decision deemed by critics unsurprising but also “absolutely unconscionable,” the Trump administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportedly plans to refrain from regulating a pair of toxic chemicals linked to kidney and testicular cancer, even though they are contaminating millions of Americans’ drinking water. Sources familiar with an unreleased draft […]

    Nuclear Power Is Economically Obsolete

    Nuclear Power Is Economically Obsolete

    By Grant Smith Last year the Trump administration’s Energy Department announced the launch of a media campaign to counter what an official called “misinformation” about nuclear power. We haven’t noticed an upsurge in pro-nuclear news—because there is none to report. On the first day of 2019, the energy industry trade journal Power asked whether new […]

    There’s a Toxic Weedkiller on the Menu in K-12 Schools Across the U.S.

    There’s a Toxic Weedkiller on the Menu in K-12 Schools Across the U.S.

    By Caroline Cox Many parents cheered about 10 years ago when Michelle Obama took on the important task of improving school meals. Of course, every child should have a healthy lunch and breakfast. Most of us have school cafeteria stories; I still remember the feeling of failure I had decades ago when I realized my […]