What Does EPA Stand For?

What Does EPA Stand For?

Cartoon by Alex Bowman for Our Daily Planet As we wrote earlier this week, the Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era rule that had 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.  […]

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The Failings of Trump’s Navigable Waters Rule Laid Bare

The Failings of Trump’s Navigable Waters Rule Laid Bare

By William Buzbee On Thursday, Science magazine published an article [abstract available, article itself behind paywall] I co-authored with a number of distinguished environmental science professors from around the country. In the article, we dissect President Trump’s newly implemented navigable waters rule and show the remarkable disregard for science that the Trump administration displayed in […]

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House Dems Pack the “Minibus” Government Funding Bill With Environmental Fixes

House Dems Pack the “Minibus” Government Funding Bill With Environmental Fixes

It’s the time of year that Congress passes funding bills for agencies and this year’s mashup of bills — known as a “minibus” because it only funds some parts of the government — is chock full of environmental provisions intended to reverse Trump rollbacks, take actions the Administration has blocked, and to prevent them from taking others.

Why This Matters:  There are more than 100 environmental amendments that the House will debate and many will pass only on party lines.

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CA Federal Court Invalidates Trump Rollback Allowing Methane Pollution on Federal Lands

CA Federal Court Invalidates Trump Rollback Allowing Methane Pollution on Federal Lands

A federal court in California on Wednesday tossed out the Trump Administration’s rollback of an Obama administration rule that limited wasteful venting, flaring, and leaking of gas from drilling operations on federal and tribal lands. The Judge re-instated the prior Obama Administration rule beginning in 90 days.

Why This Matters:  Once again, the Trump Administration’s flagrant disregard for democratic principles of government and the rule of law came back to bite them.

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Clean Water Protections Under President Trump Continue to Be Eroded

Clean Water Protections Under President Trump Continue to Be Eroded

The Trump Administration’s severe rollback of the Clean Water Act’s coverage went into effect yesterday with numerous non-profits and states vowing litigation, and Colorado has already successfully pushed back implementing the new rule.  In addition, last week the administration decided not to regulate a chemical used in rocket fuel that has been linked to developmental damage ans the Massachusetts state Department of Environmental Protection failed to send federal regulators reports about the safety of watersheds required by the Act, according to the state auditor.

Why This Matters:  There is not much left of the Clean Water Act with the Trump Administration at the helm of the so-called Environmental Protection Agency.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Proposes to Allow Some Nuclear Waste Disposal in Landfills

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Proposes to Allow Some Nuclear Waste Disposal in Landfills

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to loosen restrictions on the disposal of the waste from nuclear power plants to allow municipal landfills to take it, thus lowering costs for the aging nuclear plants.

Why This Matters:  Who wants nuclear waste in their municipal landfill?

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