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U.S. Environmental Penalties Nearly Halve In Trump's First Year: Report

"The Environmental Protection Agency levied around half the average number of penalties against polluters in the first year of the Trump administration as in the same period of the past three presidential administrations, according to a report released Thursday."

Source: Reuters, 02/16/2018

"Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research"

"In 2015, the top toxicologist for the state of Texas, Michael Honeycutt, was interviewed on Houston Public Radio. At the time, the Environmental Protection Agency was pushing for tighter limits on ozone, a type of air pollution that is hazardous for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases."

Source: NPR, 02/16/2018

Coalition Warns Federal Funding Cuts Would Harm Great Lakes

"Although it’s expected that President Trump’s plan to gut Great Lakes programs will be “dead on arrival” in Congress again, a major coalition of environmental groups is prepared to show how such draconian cuts could severely hurt public health and the economy — not just the environment."

Source: Toledo Blade, 02/16/2018

Judge Orders Trump’S DOE To Implement Efficiency Rules For Appliances

"A federal judge in San Francisco ordered President Trump’s administration on Thursday to end a one-year delay on rules developed by the Obama administration to combat climate change by tightening energy-efficiency standards for portable air conditioners, building heaters and other appliances."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 02/16/2018

"How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump’s E.P.A."

"The gravel parking lot at the Fitzgerald family’s truck dealership here in central Tennessee was packed last week with shiny new Peterbilt and Freightliner trucks, as well as a steady stream of buyers from across the country. But there is something unusual about the big rigs sold by the Fitzgeralds: They are equipped with rebuilt diesel engines that do not need to comply with rules on modern emissions controls."

Source: NY Times, 02/16/2018

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Trump Seeks Clean Energy Cuts, $2 Billion Nuclear Spending Boost at DOE

"The Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget might never become law, but it’s a declaration of intent, and it would reshuffle priorities at the Energy Department, boosting outlays on nuclear security and slashing spending on renewables and energy efficiency."

Source: Washington Post, 02/15/2018

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