Environmental Politics

EPA Program To Study Toxic Chemicals Fights for Its Life — Against EPA

"A small but vitally important program within the Environmental Protection Agency is in a fight for its life. The Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS, is the only division of the EPA that independently assesses the toxicity of chemicals."

Source: The Intercept, 02/05/2018

"Corn Syrup Lobbyist Is Helping Set USDA Dietary Guidelines"

"For a year now, lobbyists have swarmed the White House under President Donald Trump, attaining positions within various federal agencies just days after leaving government affairs jobs at lobbying firms, trade groups and corporations."

Source: International Business Times, 02/05/2018

Trump to Again Propose Eliminating Chemical Safety Board, Official Says

"President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposal will again call for ending the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent agency that investigates major industrial accidents, according to a senior government official familiar with the plan."

Source: Bloomberg, 02/02/2018

EPA Chief Riles Ethanol Advocates With Call For Biofuels Policy Reform

"The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that the recent bankruptcy of a Pennsylvania oil refiner was evidence the nation’s biofuel policy needs an overhaul in comments that infuriated biofuels advocates."

Source: Reuters, 02/02/2018

Gov. Rejects Shutdown of Great Lakes Oil Pipeline That's Losing Coating

"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has rejected the recommendation of an independent pipeline safety advisory board to shut down an aging crude oil pipeline that has been losing sections of its protective coating where it crosses beneath the Great Lakes."

Source: InsideClimate News, 02/02/2018

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