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EPA chief taps taxpayer dollars for weekend flights home

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has frequently used taxpayer dollars to fly to and from his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's expense reports from March, … Click to Continue »

Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost?

16 hours agoNews : Truthdig

By Talia Buford / ProPublica Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them.

Open thread for night owls: EPA delay of chemical plant rule shows willingness to pile up the bodies

17 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Andreas Germanos at CommonDreams writes that 11 states filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency in federal court on Monday over the agency's decision to postpone implementation of a rule aimed at lessening the risk of chemical...Show More Summary

11 states sue over EPA delay of new chemical safety rules

The states say Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt exceeded his legal authority by delaying the new Accidental Release Prevention Requirements until 2019. Continue reading ? The post 11 states sue over EPA delay of new chemical safety rules appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

EPA head Pruitt spent $12,000 of taxpayer money traveling home this spring — but has yet to visit any of his regional offices

A new report from a watchdog group found that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt spent $12,ooo of taxpayer money traveling home this spring, but hasn't visited his regional offices yet. The Environmental Integrity...Show More Summary

Records: EPA chief jets away for weekends on taxpayer's dime

Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's … Click to Continue »

State prosecutors sue EPA over chemical safety rule delay

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of 11 Democratic state prosecutors sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal court filing.

Has the moment for environmental justice been lost?

Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them. Continue reading ? The post Has the moment for environmental justice been lost? appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Guest Blogger Gregory Dotson: Is Scott Pruitt Calling for an Amendment to the Clean Air Act?

Since he was confirmed to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency six months ago, Administrator Scott Pruitt has relied on three points when discussing the issue of climate change. He has cast doubt on the science by claiming it’s difficult to know the human role “with precision.” He has questioned the ability of the agency […]

EPA chief spent almost half of spring in home state of Oklahoma

(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was in his home state of Oklahoma on at least 43 of the 92 days of March, April and May, according to copies of his travel records obtained by the Environmental Integrity Project watchdog group and reviewed by Reuters.

Pruitt Traveled Home Frequently at Taxpayer Expense

“Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to his home state, Oklahoma, 10 times over three months this year, largely at taxpayer expense,” the New York Times reports. “The findings from the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit [...]

West Virginia regulators seek comment on impaired waterways

West Virginia environmental regulators are accepting public comment on a draft list of the state's impaired streams and lakes. The state Department of Environmental Protection is required to update its … Click to Continue »

Divided We Fall

As I’ve been looking at the history of America’s environmental protections, I’ve been more and more concerned and depressed about how issues that were once bipartisan have split along the same right-and-left lines as so many other issues in our horribly divided nation. Show More Summary

Trump to tap longtime coal lobbyist for EPA's number-two spot

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

President Trump will nominate a prominent coal lobbyist and former Senate aide, Andrew Wheeler, to serve as the Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy administrator.

Former Suzuki employee pleads guilt to submitting false report to the EPA

A former employee of Brea-based American Suzuki Motor Corp. has pleaded guilty to submitting a false end-of-year report to the Environmental Protection Agency. Wayne Powell pled guilty Friday, July 14, according to the Justice Department. Show More Summary

Buying Environmental Protection from the Global Poor

One strategy environmentalists sometime use in saving species is buying off the global poor, paying them to protect the environment rather than harvest it. Now, a team of researchers has shown that there is a surprisingly cheap and easy way to slow the pace of deforestation in Uganda: Just pay landowners small sums not to […]

The Republican War on the Poor: Environmental Injustice Edition

While we are rightfully focusing on the health care front, the GOP war on the poor has many facets. One of them is ensuring a maximum exposure to toxicity by rolling back regulations set up over the last half-century to protect the poor. These were never implemented to the level they should have been, and […]

Five lawsuits aim to get Texas to enforce air quality laws

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Green groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to force Texas to toughen its stance on air pollution by using stricter language in permits it issues to oil refineries and power plants.

Maryland plans lawsuit against EPA under Clean Air Act

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take required action under the Clean Air Act. Department of the Environment … Click to Continue »

Get Ready for a Smoggier, Dirtier, Less Healthy America—Thanks to Trump's Foolhardy Evisceration of the EPA

Click here for reuse options! Because of Trump's proposed 2018 budget, the agency led by climate denier Scott Pruitt will soon be unable to protect the air, land or human health. The Environmental Protection Agency has long been considered one of the world’s leading environmental and human health research organizations. Show More Summary

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