A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Posted in Air Polution Climate change Common Dreams Environment EPA News

Coalition of state and local governments sues EPA To block Trump’s gutting of methane regulation

“We need leaders who step up and propose solutions. Instead, we get President Trump’s version of the EPA.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer A coalition of 19 states and six municipalities Monday sued the Environmental Protection…

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Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Councilwoman, Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, speaking outside the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in California. (Photo: Christopher D. Cook)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Energy First Nations Opinion Waste

A Message to Senate Democrats: Tribal Lands Are Not Carbon Dumping Grounds

Targeting Native nations with carbon pricing projects that would disproportionately increase wealth and accumulation for the largest petroleum and mineral polluters at the expense of Native lives is unforgivable and horrifying. by Tom Goldtooth Friday, September…

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Climate activist groups protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on February 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice News Pipelines Toxic Chemicals

‘The future does not belong to you,’ climate campaigners say to big oil after cancellation of 600-Mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline

“Duke and Dominion did not decide to cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline—the people and frontline organizations that led this fight for years forced them into walking away.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 6 Following…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts EPA News Pesticides Public Safety

Federal court urged to hold ‘rogue’ EPA in contempt for blatant defiance of ban on toxic weed killer

“EPA needs a lesson in separation of powers and we’re asking the court to give it to them.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 12 A coalition of farming and conservation groups is calling on…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice EPA News While we were looking elsewhere

Groups denounce gutting of environmental rules ‘when Trump thinks no one is paying attention’

Order denounced as “latest in string of outlandish authoritarian acts” from the U.S. president. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, June 4 President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday waiving environmental regulatory…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Toxic Chemicals While we were looking elsewhere

After dams fail, Dow admits floodwaters in Midland, Michigan ‘commingling’ with toxic chemical storage ponds

“This has the potential to be a major environmental disaster.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, May 20, 10 AM EDT Floodwaters unleashed by a dam failure in central Michigan have reached a Dow Chemical facility…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News The Conversation Waste Water

Climate change threatens drinking water quality across the Great Lakes

Harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie, Sept. 4, 2009. NOAA/Flickr by  Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI and Joseph D. Ortiz, Kent State University This story is part of the Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more…

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Kern Oil and Refining Co.'s facility in Bakersfield faces legal and regulatory challenges as well as public backlash over toxic air emissions. (Jeremy P. Jacobs/E&E News)
Posted in Air Polution Environment

Fears of toxic pollution are growing in California’s oil hub.

Anger over air quality By Jeremy P. Jacobs / E&E News Third in the “Toxic Zones” series, which explores life in the communities around America’s oil refineries. This series is a collaboration between E&E News and…

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Posted in Air Polution Coronavirus Health News

EPA moves to allow more PM 2.5 particulate emissions

EPA particulate matter decision puts science, health aside to protect polluters Meteor Staff from press releases April 14, 2020 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would not strengthen standards for particulate matter pollution…

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Posted in Climate change Colorado Plateau Energy Environment EPA News

Trump Administration plan expands fossil fuel extraction across Southwestern Colorado

by Meteor Staff from reports Thursday, April 9, 4:10 PM MST The Trump administration today announced the release of its final plan to expand drilling and fracking and other fossil fuel extraction across southwestern Colorado for…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

Trump to hold in-person meeting with Big Oil CEOs to discuss coronavirus relief

‘Moving to Rob Us Blind in Broad Daylight’?   “Right now money is needed for people’s health, direct relief, and making sure we have a resilient future—not bolstering the fossil fuel industry.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Climate change Environment EPA News While we were looking elsewhere

Trump administration cripples drive to reduce vehicle pollution

by Meteor Staff Wednesday, April 1 The Trump administration finalized a major rollback of fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles yesterday. The revised standards will maintain higher levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and cost consumers…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Public Policy Science While we were looking elsewhere

Trump to kneecap Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, hurtling Nation ‘toward a more dangerous climate’

“Of all the bad things President Trump has done to the environment, this is the worst.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer As the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak crisis, the Trump administration intends to further…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA indefinitely suspends environmental rules

‘Holy Crap This Is Insane’ “The EPA uses this global pandemic to create loopholes for destroying the environment. This is a schoolbook example for what we need to start looking out for.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Environment EPA Reveal Toxic Chemicals

EPA science panel plows ahead with toxic chemical’s review, despite coronavirus crisis

TCE is used by dry cleaners, auto brake shops, parts manufacturing factories, paper mills, refineries and many other businesses large and small. On those job sites, tens of thousands of workers are exposed to amounts of…

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Posted in Agriculture News Pesticides Public Policy Toxic Chemicals Water

EPA’s new rules for assessing pesticide risks ignore many harms to endangered species

By Meteor Staff Flagstaff    The Environmental Protection Agency issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks yesterday that could allow widespread harm to most of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals. The revised methods from…

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Posted in Environment EPA Public Policy Review The Revelator

When the War on Science really began

A new book, The War on the EPA, tracks the history and importance of the government agency — and how efforts to undermine it began decades before Trump. Reviews by Tara Lohan, The Revelator The New…

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Posted in Courts/justice Energy Mining News Off the wire Public Lands The West

Judge voids Trump oil and gas lease sales on nearly 1 million acres of Sage Grouse habitat

“The judge confirmed that it’s illegal to silence the public to expand fossil-fuel extraction.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Environmental advocates cheered a federal judge’s ruling Thursday that voided oil and gas leases on roughly one…

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Posted in Environment News Public Policy The Revelator Water

Trump admin’s Clean Water rollback will hit some states hard

But the effects of removing this “environmental safety net” won’t be felt equally. States with fewer local protections and resources will suffer the most — as will their people and wildlife. Oceans & Clean Water February…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Environmental Justice Health Mining Public Lands Science The Revelator The West Water

Report: ‘No Evidence That Fracking Can Operate Without Threatening Public Health’

More than 1,500 scientific studies on the health and climate impacts of fracking prove its dangerous effect on communities, wildlife and nature. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic…

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Tongass National Forest. Forest Service photo by Adam DiPietro.
Posted in Conservation Environment Environmental Justice Opinion The Revelator Wildlife

Last Chance to Voice Support for Key Environmental Law

The Trump administration wants to gut the National Environmental Policy Act, a move that would silence community criticism of destructive projects and give more power to industry. March 4, 2020 – by Tim Lydon   One…

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Posted in Analysis Children Environment Food Health Health Labor News Off the wire Science

Why California is banning chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide: 5 questions answered

Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco Editor’s note: California, the top U.S. food-producing state, is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice National News Off the wire Water

‘Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the country has ever seen’: Trump guts safeguards for US streams and wetlands

“This all-out assault on basic safeguards will send our country back to the days when corporate polluters could dump whatever sludge or slime they wished into the streams and wetlands that often connect to the water…

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The land around Red Knoll near Kanab, UT that could have been razed for a frac sand mine. Photo by Tara Lohan
Posted in Colorado Plateau Community organizing Energy Environment Environmental Justice Mining Off the wire Politics The Revelator The West

How one Utah community fought the fracking industry — and won

Kanab, a small Utah town that’s home to the famous Best Friends Animal Society, took an unconventional path to face down a frac sand mine that threatened the region’s aquifer. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator A…

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