Environmental Health

Outgoing EPA Chief Reveals Fears Trump Will Halt Climate Action

"There is 'nervousness' among Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff that Donald Trump’s incoming administration will sideline science and reverse action on climate change, according to the agency’s outgoing administrator, Gina McCarthy."

Source: Guardian, 01/20/2017

Canada vows action on mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows

"The Chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to commit in writing to cleaning up the mercury that has contaminated the river near his community. Late Monday, a spokesperson for Trudeau said the federal government will take action to deal with the Grassy Narrows mercury contamination 'once and for all.'"

Source: Toronto Star, 01/18/2017

In Pruitt Hearing for EPA Chief, His Fossil Fuel Ties Take Center Stage

"Among Donald Trump's cabinet nominees awaiting Senate confirmation, few are expected to face tougher scrutiny than Scott Pruitt, the president-elect's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The Oklahoma attorney general is a relentless adversary of that agency and its regulations, and he has deep ties to the fossil fuel industry he would be charged with overseeing."

Source: InsideClimate News, 01/18/2017

"US Agrees To Pay Billions To Marines Affected By Toxic Water"

"After years of wait, veterans who had been exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion."

Source: AP, 01/13/2017


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