EPA Reinstates Panel to Address Air Pollution

EPA Reinstates Panel to Address Air Pollution

In the U.S., about 100,000 deaths occur each year due to exposure to ambient air pollution – before the COVID-19 pandemic, this represented about 1 in 25 deaths. Air pollution is a ruthless killer that can even harm the development of babies while they’re still in the womb. That’s why it was important that the […]

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Biden Administration Moves to Restore Tongass Roadless Rule

Biden Administration Moves to Restore Tongass Roadless Rule

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Biden administration has announced that it will “replace or repeal” a Trump rollback of the Clinton-Era “roadless rule” in the Tongass National Forest. The roadless rule protected 9.4 million acres of the forest, prohibiting road construction and timber harvesting. The Trump administration rolled back the rule in October 2020 to ease […]

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Biden Suspends Drilling Permits in ANWR

Biden Suspends Drilling Permits in ANWR

Yesterday, the Department of the Interior moved to suspend all oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undoing a highly contested move made by the Trump administration last year. Interior said it would suspend all leasing program operations “pending completion of a comprehensive analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).” As one […]

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Biden Signs EO to Evaluate and Mitigate Climate-Related Financial Risk

Biden Signs EO to Evaluate and Mitigate Climate-Related Financial Risk

Yesterday, President Biden signed an executive order on climate-related financial risk, a cross-governmental plan that directs federal agencies to identify and mitigate financial risks presented by climate change to Americans, businesses, and the government itself. The administration said that Americans are already facing risks due to worsening extreme weather events and other climate threats and they deserve […]

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EPA Plans to Implement Federal Landfill Standards After Years of Trump Delays

EPA Plans to Implement Federal Landfill Standards After Years of Trump Delays

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a plan to implement final standards to protect residents from the adverse impacts of municipal landfills. The Trump administration previously tried to delay these protections and waive restrictions on other sources of methane emissions. The EPA’s new standards are just one in a series […]

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Biden Admin Invests in Green Infrastructure & Research at HBCUs

Biden Admin Invests in Green Infrastructure & Research at HBCUs

The Biden administration is making an effort to fulfill environmental justice promises by expanding electric vehicle infrastructure into Black neighborhoods and investing in renewable energy research at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the plans aim to bring marginalized groups to the table as the country works toward net-zero emissions by 2050. HBCU leaders […]

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