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EPA to Adopt Big Tobacco’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule

EPA to Adopt Big Tobacco’s ‘Secret Science’ Rule

Former coal lobbyist and current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Andrew Wheeler is expected to announce on Tuesday a rule tobacco consultants devised as an “explicit procedural hurdle” to protecting public health. The rule — sometimes called the ‘Secret Science’ rule — will require EPA to give less credence to scientific studies that take […]

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    Biden Considers Obama-Era EPA Chief, Others for Key Climate Positions

    Biden Considers Obama-Era EPA Chief, Others for Key Climate Positions

    President-elect Joe Biden is currently considering the former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under former President Barack Obama to be the domestic “climate czar,” Reuters reported. The appointment of Gina McCarthy would put her in charge of federal policy on climate across agencies. Biden has made the climate crisis a main focus […]

    12 Trump Attacks on the Environment Since the Election

    12 Trump Attacks on the Environment Since the Election

    By Tara Lohan In the aftermath of the Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump has tried every trick in the book to avoid facing the reality of his loss. A barrage of lawsuits accompanied by disinformation campaigns has attempted to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election. But a close look at regulatory actions […]

    Trump EPA Issues Last-Minute Rule Making it Harder for Biden to Address Climate and Pollution

    Trump EPA Issues Last-Minute Rule Making it Harder for Biden to Address Climate and Pollution

    By Jessica Corbett With President Donald Trump’s first term soon coming to an end, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday finalized a rule that critics are calling a last-minute attempt to “sabotage” future efforts by President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration to tackle the intertwined climate and pollution crises. Capping off nearly four years of Trump […]

    Trump EPA Disregards Link Between Soot Pollution and COVID Deaths

    Trump EPA Disregards Link Between Soot Pollution and COVID Deaths

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler acted Monday to lock in status quo industrial soot pollution limits for another five years, disregarding the emerging scientific link between air pollution and numerous health harms, including increased COVID-19 death rates. Ultrafine industrial soot, known as PM2.5, is especially harmful to human […]

    Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Were Dropped Over Millions of Acres via Aerial Pesticide, Tests Reveal

    Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Were Dropped Over Millions of Acres via Aerial Pesticide, Tests Reveal

    By Jessica Corbett A national nonprofit revealed Tuesday that testing commissioned by the group as well as separate analysis conducted by Massachusetts officials show samples of an aerially sprayed pesticide used by the commonwealth and at least 25 other states to control mosquito-borne illnesses contain toxic substances that critics call “forever chemicals.” Officially known as […]

    As the Trump Administration’s Tiny Windows Close, Giant Doors Open for Science Advice

    As the Trump Administration’s Tiny Windows Close, Giant Doors Open for Science Advice

    By Genna Reed In his first week as president-elect, Joe Biden instituted an advisory board of experts to provide science-based recommendations to respond to COVID-19. This could be a signal that independent science advice under a Biden administration is valued. After four years of watching the norms of science advisory structures eroded and undermined, especially […]

    Exposure to Common Herbicide Potentially Harms Endangered Species

    Exposure to Common Herbicide Potentially Harms Endangered Species

    An herbicide commonly used in corn and sorghum fields to kill grasses and weeds is being reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency as being harmful to endangered species, according to a biological evaluation draft currently open for public comment. The exact number of species the herbicide atrazine affects is unknown. However, many environmental groups, such […]

    Dicamba Weed Killer Linked to Cancer Is Reapproved by EPA

    Dicamba Weed Killer Linked to Cancer Is Reapproved by EPA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of products containing the weedkiller dicamba for use on cotton and soybeans Tuesday. The EPA announcement means that two products that contain the herbicide found to cause cancer can be registered for five years. It also extended the use of a third product that also has dicamba […]