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EPA Investigating Racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Permitting Decisions

EPA Investigating Racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Permitting Decisions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating whether the Louisiana state departments of Environmental Quality and Health illegally discriminated against black residents in permitting decisions regarding two chemical plants and a grain export terminal. Petitions to the EPA seeking an investigation allege the state departments failed to provide proper notice and comment opportunities to […]

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    What Voting Rights Mean for the Planet

    What Voting Rights Mean for the Planet

    By Derrick Z. Jackson As studies increasingly tally the death toll of climate change, the recent stalemate over voting rights legislation in the Senate puts the United States at a grave crossroads.  The Republican Party that is rolling back voter protections in the states and blocking them on Capitol Hill — enabled by conservative Democrats — […]

    Virginia Senate Panel Rejects Trump’s EPA Chief Wheeler for State’s Top Environmental Post, But Could He Still Get the Nomination?

    Virginia Senate Panel Rejects Trump’s EPA Chief Wheeler for State’s Top Environmental Post, But Could He Still Get the Nomination?

    A Virginia Senate panel has rejected former coal-lobbyist and Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler from serving in the state’s top environmental post.  Wheeler was first nominated to serve as the state’s secretary of natural resources by new Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin in early January, as Huffpost reported at the time. The […]

    Gas Stoves Are a Bigger Climate Threat Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

    Gas Stoves Are a Bigger Climate Threat Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

    Gas stoves emit methane even when they are not in use, a new study has found, and this makes them a bigger contributor to the climate crisis than previously believed.  The research, published in Environmental Science & Technology Thursday, concluded that the annual methane emissions from gas stoves in the U.S. are equivalent to about […]

    EPA to Address Air and Water Pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

    EPA to Address Air and Water Pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

    After a week-long environmental justice trip to Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana in November, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan announced that the EPA will address residents’ complaints about contaminated drinking water, chemical plants placed close to residences and a school and toxic air, The Washington Post reported. Regan said the EPA will invest […]