Environmental Health

"In New Rule, Trump EPA Allows Texas Coal Plants to Pollute Even More"

"In a gift to the struggling coal industry, a new air pollution rule finalized by the EPA will allow Texas coal plants to emit almost twice as much sulfur dioxide than an earlier proposal by the Obama administration. Aside from being a key component in forming haze, sulfur dioxide exacerbates respiratory illnesses such as asthma and contributes to acid rain."

Source: Texas Observer, 10/11/2017

Clean Water v. Farm Profits At Heart Of Debate on New Fertilizer Rules

"When Marla Waseka converted the gracious Franciscan nunnery northwest of St. Cloud to a boutique lakeside resort and retreat in 2008, the nitrate levels in her well were low. A few years later they were so high she had to warn her guests not to drink the water. And when authorities warned they’d shut her down if it weren’t fixed, she spent $12,000 to drill a deeper well for clean water."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/10/2017

"52 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump"

"Since taking office in January, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration — with help from Republicans in Congress — has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change."

Source: NY Times, 10/10/2017

"E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule"

"The Trump administration announced on Monday that it would take formal steps to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a bitter fight over the future of America’s efforts to tackle global warming."

Source: NY Times, 10/10/2017

An Absent EPA Climate Report, And A Tale Of Two Flooded Superfund Sites

"Hurricane Harvey flooded more than a dozen Superfund toxic waste sites when it devastated the Texas coast in late August. An EPA report predicted the possibility of climate-related problems at toxic waste sites like those in Texas, but the page detailing the report on the agency's website was made inactive months before the storm."

Source: NPR, 10/03/2017

"E.P.A. Chief’s Calendar: A Stream of Industry Meetings and Trips Home"

"For lunch on April 26, Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, dined with top executives from Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest coal-burning electric utilities, at Equinox, a white-tablecloth favorite of Washington power brokers."

Source: NY Times, 10/03/2017

Arkema Plant Under Criminal Investigation By Harris County DA’s Office

"The Arkema chemical plant — already facing multiple lawsuits over explosions of a volatile chemical in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey — is under criminal investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, officials confirmed Friday."

Source: Houston Chronicle, 10/02/2017

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