Economy & Business

"Year-Round Sales Of Gasoline Mixed With 15% Ethanol OK’d"

"The Trump administration is following through on a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol, though some say the move is undercut by a policy that gives oil refineries waivers allowing them to use reduced levels of the additive."

Source: AP, 06/03/2019

Extreme Weather Is Pummeling The Midwest; Farmers Are In Deep Trouble

"In Kendell Culp’s corner of northwest Indiana, relentless rain began falling on his farm months ago, saturating the ground his family has nurtured for generations and delaying the start of their planting season by more than a week."

Source: Washington Post, 06/03/2019

EPA Experts Objected to ‘Misleading’ Agency Smog Decision, Emails Show

"Newly released emails show that Environmental Protection Agency scientists raised strong objections to a 2018 decision by Scott Pruitt, who was head of the agency at the time, to exempt most of southeastern Wisconsin from federal limits on smog."

Source: NY Times, 05/27/2019

SEJ in Press Freedom Case, Chem Secrecy Bill Fails and More

SEJ joined with several dozen other journalism groups to support the right to film police activity in a public place, and bills to block information of importance to environmental reporters failed in Louisiana, California and Iowa, but a Colorado paper was blocked from covering a wild horse roundup. All that in this month’s WatchDog Tipsheet.

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"Inside The Long War To Protect Plastic"

"New York’s Suffolk County had a trash problem. Facing brimming landfills and public pressure, legislators took a first-in-the-nation step: They banned plastic bags. But what the county saw as part of the solution, the plastics industry took as a threat."

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 05/20/2019

"UARG Casts Long Legal Shadow On Air Regulations"

"In 40 years of behind-the-scenes advocacy for electric companies, the Utility Air Regulatory Group became ubiquitous in legal dockets and courtroom fights over the future of federal regulation. The group, which last week announced plans to disband, led the charge against dozens of EPA policies deemed too costly or unworkable by industry."

Source: Greenwire, 05/20/2019


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