In a historic step forward, EPA's proposed rule would require disclosure of ALL pesticide ingredients — which has not been required for decades.
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But apparently confidentiality claims will only be rejected in cases where the chemicals have already been disclosed in the Toxic Substances Control Act inventory.
This includes three new datasets from EPA, PLUS many other datasets relevant to environmental issues, released in response to a Dec. 8, 2009, White House open government order.
Sunlight Foundation took the raw data of White House visitor logs, matched the names to those in OpenSecrets.org, FollowTheMoney.org, LittleSis.org, Google and Wikipedia, and created a searchable online database.
A handy research tool for investigative reporters is a full list of all the recent Environmental Impact Statements issued by the Department of Energy.
Katharine Jacobs, chair of the forthcoming National Academy of Sciences report on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change and a professor at the University of Arizona, will head up the effort to reinstate the National Assessment — with new emphasis on adaptation.
After an October 2009 EPA proposal to regulate coal ash, documents show coal industry officials started meeting with OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and soon EPA announced it was postponing proposal of the coal-ash regulation.
Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton writes about the thousands of chemicals exempted from EPA screening for potential harm to the environment and public health — and the three-decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that renders it possible, in the interest of protecting manufacturers' bottom lines.Topics on the Beat:
Use OMB Watch's user-friendly database to track environmentally-related funds in many ways, such as type of project, affiliated federal or state agency, location, dollar amounts, and number of contracts awarded.SEJ Publication Types:
Spurred in part by a petition filed in January 2009, the Agency's new rule, if finalized, could add approximately 240 monitors in about 40 states near known lead emission sources.SEJ Publication Types: