Four Former EPA Chiefs Endorse Biden, Denounce Trump

Four Former EPA Chiefs Endorse Biden, Denounce Trump

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer This week, four former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrators, two of whom served under Republican presidents, sharply criticized the Trump administration’s environmental policy as well as current EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler’s leadership.  Among their criticism are assertions that Trump’s EPA has waged a “war on science” and that it […]

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Heroes of the Week: Bill Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman

Heroes of the Week: Bill Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman

This week we want to recognize former EPA Administrators Christine Todd Whitman and Bill Reilly for speaking out about the Trump Administration’s dereliction of duty when it comes to protecting the public from environmental harms.  They are members of a group called Republicans and Independents for Biden and are vocally supporting the former Vice President because […]

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Wheeler’s Second Term Vision For EPA — More of the Same

Wheeler’s Second Term Vision For EPA — More of the Same

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler appeared at the Nixon Presidential Library in California last week and outlined his vision for a second Trump term — with promises to continue efforts to undermine agency science and climate change regulation.

Why This Matters:  Wheeler claimed that he would focus on environmental justice and “revitalizing minority communities” while also explaining that “strict enforcement of national air pollution rules had hampered struggling regions such as the industrial Midwest.”

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EPA Finalizes Wastewater Rule Rollback, Making it Easier for Coal Plants to Pollute

EPA Finalizes Wastewater Rule Rollback, Making it Easier for Coal Plants to Pollute

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the rollback an Obama-era rule that would have, as the Washington Post reported, forced coal plants to treat wastewater with more modern, effective methods in order to curb toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury from contaminating lakes, rivers, and streams near their facilities. The rollback is in line […]

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6 Former EPA Administrators Call For Agency “Re-Set;” As EJ Orgs Sue Chicago For Environmental Racism click button

6 Former EPA Administrators Call For Agency “Re-Set;” As EJ Orgs Sue Chicago For Environmental Racism

This week, six former Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it is time to conduct a sweeping overhaul of the agency.  They called for a “reset” to move the “EPA in a new, forward-looking direction to address the environmental challenges we face today and those that lie ahead.

Why This Matters:  The “formers” who come from both political parties are right.  Our 50-year-old system of pollution protection laws, regulations, and agencies is outdated and ineffective to fight the pollution and climate challenges we face today and going forward.

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Despite Court Ruling, EPA Allows Farmers to Use Existing Stocks of Banned Herbicide

Despite Court Ruling, EPA Allows Farmers to Use Existing Stocks of Banned Herbicide

Yesterday, Bayer AG said it will scrap a nearly $1 billion project to produce the chemical dicamba in its Luling, Louisiana planet. This comes after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the sale and use of the herbicide, stating that “the EPA substantially understated the risks related to the use of dicamba, a […]

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