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"API Disputes African-American Health Study, Cites Genetics"

"The American Petroleum Institute, the nation's largest oil and gas trade organization, is dismissing the findings of a study on the risks facing African Americans who live near oil and gas facilities, saying that health disparities may be caused by other factors instead, including 'genetics.'"

Source: InsideClimate News, 11/21/2017

"Google Earth Has Cars Sniffing U.S. Cities to Guard Your Health"

"As firefighters fought to control deadly wildfires north of San Francisco last month, a small unit of Alphabet Inc.’s Google had a more modest goal. It had employees driving cars around loaded with air-monitoring equipment to measure how badly the smoke was polluting the air."

Source: Bloomberg, 11/21/2017

New Analysis: EPA Is Ignoring A Lot Of Toxics in US Drinking Water

The law and regulations make it hard for the U.S. EPA to regulate new chemicals in drinking water. A lot of testing is required to show the chemical is harmful and found widely in water. New analysis of existing data shows a family of chemicals that includes perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, may be doing much more harm than EPA admits.

Source: Quartz, 11/21/2017

FOIA Suit, Silence on Hog Farms & Sea-Level Rise, Plus Shield Laws

A push for disclosure on hazardous air emissions from industrial hog farms, and reporting on how the coastal real estate industry works to block bad news about sea-level rise. That, plus the Bay Journal FOIAs the EPA over grant defunding, and a move in Congress towards a federal shield law, all in the latest WatchDog.

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Clean Power Plan Showdown Ahead, But Will It Matter?

President Trump campaigned partly on the promise to abolish an Obama-era program to cut power plant CO2 emissions. But as TipSheet explains in the first in a series of special reports on key issues in the coming year, the program is tied up in complex court proceedings that may, in the end, be moot. Learn why.

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"Ethics: 15 Energy Lobbyists Hired Using Trump's Weakened Rule"

"Troy Lyons spent 2016 lobbying for Hess Corp., a New York City-based oil company. Among the issues he was hired to work on: U.S. EPA's proposed rules limiting methane emissions from new oil and gas wells, which Hess opposed. Then, when 2017 rolled around, Lyons got a new job. He went to work for EPA."

Source: ClimateWire, 11/20/2017

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