National (U.S.)

CPSC Votes To Warn Public on Flame Retardants In Baby Products, Furniture

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted Wednesday to immediately warn the public about the dangers of chemicals known as organohalogens in baby and toddler products, mattresses, upholstered furniture and electronics enclosures. The commission also set in motion what promises to be a contentious debate about new regulations prohibiting manufacturers from adding any halogenated flame retardants to products covered by the ban."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 09/21/2017

California Sues Trump Over Environmental Waivers for Border Wall

"Opening a new front in its broad legal battle against policies of President Trump, California filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the administration has overstepped its powers in expediting construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border."

Source: LA Times, 09/21/2017

Guarding the EPA Chief Pulls Agents from Pursuing Environmental Crimes

"Scott Pruitt’s round-the-clock personal security detail, which demands triple the manpower of his predecessors at the Environmental Protection Agency, has prompted officials to rotate in special agents from around the country who otherwise would be investigating environmental crimes."

Source: Washington Post, 09/21/2017

"A 50-Year Effort To Raise Endangered Whooping Cranes Comes To An End"

"Each spring for 12 years, Paula Wang began a temporary position at a government lab in a suburb north of Washington. She was required to remain silent while working and to wear a white suit and hood. The mission was not top-secret, but Wang felt it was urgent all the same; she had to save an endangered species."

Source: Washington Post, 09/19/2017

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