"Michael Dourson, President Donald J. Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s office that oversees commercial chemicals and pesticides, is a board-certified toxicologist with decades of experience in risk assessment. Dourson’s close ties to the chemical industry, however, have some environmental groups raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest."
EJToday: Top Headlines
- Source: C&EN, 07/19/2017
"California's legislature passed a package of bills that extends the state's signature plan to address climate change by a decade, sending Governor Jerry Brown a cap-and-trade plan that uses market forces to cuts greenhouse gas emissions."Source: Reuters, 07/19/2017
"MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — On his first official visit to this coal-seam state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald J. Trump, Energy Secretary Rick Perry praised the work of the scientists at a federal laboratory devoted to figuring out how to burn more coal with less pollution."Source: NY Times, 07/19/2017
"Lead has been detected in more than half of the water fountains and sinks in 47 school districts tested in Bergen County, according to a new report by an environmental advocacy group."Source: Bergen Record, 07/19/2017
"Way up in northern North Dakota lies an old oilfield with a problem 60 years in the making."Source: Prairie Public News, 07/19/2017
"House appropriators are quietly urging the Trump administration to abandon proposed U.S. EPA regulations that would ban certain uses of three dangerous chemicals and restrict the number of hazardous waste reviews done by the Department of Health and Human Services."
"The House on Tuesday passed, 229-199, a bill to delay the compliance date for Obama-era ground level ozone standards."Source: Roll Call, 07/19/2017
"The House's budget proposal, set for markup [Wednesday], could open up drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, much like President Trump's."
"Karen Budd-Falen, a Wyoming-based property rights attorney and member of the Trump administration's transition team at the Interior Department, is in the running to take the helm of the Bureau of Land Management, according to sources in both the conservation movement and ranching industry."
"Scientists worry the next devastating disease could be born where animals and humans mix in a Third World slum – then cross the globe. Zika may have been a preview."Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/19/2017
"After a five-year review, U.S. EPA has proposed leaving unchanged its two primary air quality standards for nitrogen oxides."Source: Greenwire, 07/18/2017
"Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, Energy Department staff members said in a draft report, contradicting statements by their leader Rick Perry."Source: Bloomberg, 07/18/2017
"If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer."Source: Texas Observer, 07/18/2017
"The U.S. will seek to use a United Nations fund designed to aid nations hard hit by climate change to promote the construction of coal-fired power plants around the world."Source: Bloomberg, 07/18/2017
"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that two national monuments in Washington and Idaho are no longer being considered for removal or reduction by the Trump administration."Source: Washington Post, 07/18/2017