Post Tagged with: "EPA"

Flaring is a technique oil and gas companies use to burn off leaking methane but is blamed for its contributions to climate change (Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press).
EPA

Courts thwart administration’s efforts to rescind Obama-era environmental regulations

WASHINGTON, DC — “The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law. The latest such ruling came late Wednesday, when a federal magistrate judge in […]

(Michael Dourson, nominated by President Donald Trump to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety programs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 14, 2017. Credit: Al Drago/The New York Times/Redux)
Environmental Justice / EPA

Trump’s pick for EPA Safety Chief argued kids are less sensitive to toxins

NEW YORK, NY — “Michael Dourson, the toxicologist who will be the subject of a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for what many consider the second most powerful post at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been hired by industry to consult on at least 30 of the chemicals he may be […]

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states
Air Quality / EPA

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

ANNAPOLIS, MD — “Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s […]

The Environmental Protection Agency has become more secretive under the leadership of Scott Pruitt (Credit: Tom Brenner / The New York Times).
EPA

Scott Pruitt is carrying out his EPA agenda in secret, critics say

WASHINGTON, DC — “When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are summoned to a meeting with the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access to the floor where his office is, according to interviews with employees of the federal agency. Doors […]

The green scum shown in this 2011 image was the worst algae bloom Lake Erie had experienced in decades mage captured by the Landsat-5 satellite. Data provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.
Lake Erie / Water Quality

Nutrient pollution: Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms and dead zones

CAMBRIDGE, MA — “Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and phosphorus from farms, water treatment plants and other sources. Warm water and lots of nutrients promote rapid growth of algae that can be […]

In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, an algae bloom covers Lake Erie near the City of Toledo water intake crib about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio (Associated Press file photo).
Lake Erie / Water Quality

Environmentalists sue EPA to designate Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie ‘impaired’

CLEVELAND — “Advocacy groups are challenging the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to accept Ohio’s assertion that its portion of Lake Erie does not meet the definition of impaired waters. The Ohio EPA did not include the state’s open waters on a list of impaired waterways when it submitted the […]

The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent
Coal

The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Sunday’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claimed that the U.S. has created 50,000 jobs in the coal sector since the fourth quarter of 2016. The statistic carries an important message for the White House. Trump has brought extraordinary attention […]

Harmful algae bloom photographed in the summer of 2011 (credit: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory).
Lake Erie / Water Quality

US won’t force Ohio to label Lake Erie ‘impaired’

TOLEDO — “Documents released late Monday show the federal government won’t compel the state to declare Ohio’s portion of western Lake Erie as impaired, a move that environmentalists and Lucas County commissioners believe will hurt the lake’s future water quality. And, in a separate-but-related matter, the Trump Administration released its […]

A cloud of toxic coal ash is seen blowing like a sandstorm straight at the homes on the Moapa River Reservation (credit: Moapa Band of Paiutes).
Coal Ash

Polluters ask Trump administration to cut safeguards for nation’s No. 2 toxic pollution threat

WASHINGTON, DC — “Dangerous piles of industrial waste laced with lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxics will continue to threaten communities all over America if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants a legal petition that industrial polluters filed today. The polluters’ Petition for Reconsideration seeks to do away with most […]

Great Lakes watershed (Public Domain)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

How eliminating two EPA programs could affect large parts of America

WASHINGTON, DC — “Although the requested cuts are not likely to pass, the proposal would return the responsibility of both these efforts back to state-level and local entities. However, without a federal agency tasked with holding states accountable, many goals may not be met. In the Chesapeake Bay, states have proved […]