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EPA Dismisses Trump-Appointed Science Board Members, Seeks Expert Replacements

EPA Dismisses Trump-Appointed Science Board Members, Seeks Expert Replacements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday it will remove more than 40 members of scientific advisory panels appointed under the previous administration in an effort to reduce the heavy influence of regulated industries over the regulatory process. The Trump administration barred — illegally, according to critics — experts who received EPA grants […]

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    EPA to Amazon: Stop Selling Illegal Pesticides

    EPA to Amazon: Stop Selling Illegal Pesticides

    For the third time in three years, the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Amazon to stop selling illegal pesticides. The EPA’s Seattle office announced Tuesday that it had presented the online retailer with a “stop sale” order targeting products that were unregistered and potentially dangerous or ineffective. Some of them made false […]

    EPA Dismisses Harmful ‘Secret Science’ Rule

    EPA Dismisses Harmful ‘Secret Science’ Rule

    A federal judge vacated the so-called “secret science” rule that limited EPA’s ability to use public health research to craft policy on Monday. The Biden administration had determined the justification proffered, unsuccessfully, by the Trump administration for its hasty publication of the rule was legally indefensible. The rule, originally conceived by the tobacco industry in […]

    Federal Agencies Have Lost Hundreds of Scientists Since 2017. What Comes Next?

    Federal Agencies Have Lost Hundreds of Scientists Since 2017. What Comes Next?

    By Taryn MacKinney First, the bad news: An analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists reveals that federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have lost hundreds of scientists since 2017. The good news: With the Biden administration already acting on its pledge to lead with science, a […]

    EPA Launches Environmental Justice Investigation in Chicago

    EPA Launches Environmental Justice Investigation in Chicago

    The U.S. EPA launched an environmental justice investigation this week into the relocation of a polluting scrapyard from a predominantly white and wealthy neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side to a predominantly poor and Latinx neighborhood on the city’s Southeast Side last year. The investigation stems from complaints brought by Southeast [Chicago] Environmental Task Force and […]

    Biden Has Pledged to Advance Environmental Justice – Here’s How the EPA Can Start

    Biden Has Pledged to Advance Environmental Justice – Here’s How the EPA Can Start

    By David Konisky On his first day in office President Joe Biden started signing executive orders to reverse Trump administration policies. One sweeping directive calls for stronger action to protect public health and the environment and hold polluters accountable, including those who “disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities.” To lead this effort Biden […]

    Federal Court Tosses Trump’s Clean Power Plan Replacement

    Federal Court Tosses Trump’s Clean Power Plan Replacement

    A federal court on Tuesday struck down the Trump administration‘s rollback of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2019, moved away from imposing national limits on greenhouse gas emissions, instead allowing states to […]

    The Rebuilding Years Begin Now

    The Rebuilding Years Begin Now

    By John R. Platt The period of the 45th presidency will go down as dark days for the United States — not just for the violent insurgency and impeachment that capped off Donald Trump’s four years in office, but for every regressive action that came before. It’s been said that Trump was the worst environmental […]

    EPA’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule Will Make It Harder for the Agency to Protect Public Health

    EPA’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule Will Make It Harder for the Agency to Protect Public Health

    By Gabriel Filippelli The Trump administration has worked to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air pollution to energy development and land conservation. One of its most controversial actions is known as the “secret science” rule because it would require scientists to disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical […]