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While We Focus on COVID-19, Trump’s EPA Is Quietly Killing Us

While We Focus on COVID-19, Trump’s EPA Is Quietly Killing Us

As the days tick down to next month’s presidential election, debate rages over the U.S. government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic with critics of President Donald Trump calling for his ouster due to his failure to protect the American public. And yet as mass media runs daily tallies of COVID-related cases and deaths, a more […]

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    Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Trump’s Clean Air Rollback

    Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Trump’s Clean Air Rollback

    A three judge panel in the Court of Appeals in Washington, DC listened to arguments Thursday on a Trump administration rollback of regulations that limit the emissions that power plants are allowed to spew into the atmosphere, as The New York Times reported. Health and environmental activists sued the government, arguing that the new regulations […]

    Judge Tosses EPA Plan to Dredge and Fill Bay Area Salt Ponds

    Judge Tosses EPA Plan to Dredge and Fill Bay Area Salt Ponds

    A federal judge in a U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California vacated a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to dredge and fill salt ponds in Redwood City, a town on the San Francisco Bay, as the AP reported. The judge in the case, William Alsup, determined on Monday that […]

    Indigenous Leaders Furious After EPA Grants Oklahoma Control Over Sovereign Tribal Lands

    Indigenous Leaders Furious After EPA Grants Oklahoma Control Over Sovereign Tribal Lands

    By Brett Wilkins In a little-noticed development last week that drew ire after being reported Monday, the Trump administration’s EPA granted the state of Oklahoma wide-ranging environmental regulatory control on nearly all tribal lands in the state, stripping dozens of tribes of their sovereignty over critical environmental issues. The Young Turks which first reported the […]

    Explainer: Who Regulates U.S. Drinking Water, and How?

    Explainer: Who Regulates U.S. Drinking Water, and How?

    By Brett Walton Who’s responsible for making sure the water you drink is safe? Ultimately, you are. But if you live in the U.S., a variety of federal, state and local entities are involved as well. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) forms the foundation of federal oversight of public water systems — those that […]

    Trump’s Latest EPA Rollback Lets Polluters Spew More Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

    Trump’s Latest EPA Rollback Lets Polluters Spew More Lead, Arsenic, Mercury

    Trump‘s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has weakened yet another safeguard against air pollution in the midst of a respiratory pandemic. The agency finalized a rollback Thursday of the Clinton-era “once in, always in” policy that required major polluters like industrial plants and refineries to maintain the highest possible levels of pollution controls as long as […]

    What Does Equitable Climate Policy Actually Look Like?

    What Does Equitable Climate Policy Actually Look Like?

    By Sharon Zhang Back in March, when the pandemic had just planted its roots in the U.S., President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do something devastating: The agency was to indefinitely and cruelly suspend environmental rule enforcement. The EPA complied, and for just under half a year, it provided over 3,000 […]

    Trump’s EPA Dismisses Agency’s Own Findings That Chlorpyrifos Harms Children’s Brains

    Trump’s EPA Dismisses Agency’s Own Findings That Chlorpyrifos Harms Children’s Brains

    The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a risk assessment for toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos Tuesday that downplayed its effects on children’s brains and may be the first indication of how the administration’s “secret science” policy could impact public health. Several studies have found that babies exposed to chlorpyrifos in the womb can suffer from […]

    The Environmental Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    The Environmental Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    The passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg means the nation’s highest court has lost a staunch advocate for women’s rights and civil rights. Ginsburg was a tireless worker, who continued to serve on the bench through multiple bouts of cancer. She also leaves behind a complicated environmental legacy, as Environment and Energy […]