While all the nations of the world meet in Poland to lower greenhouse emissions, the Trump administration, which has dropped out of the Paris Agreement, will nonetheless show up and promote the use of fossil fuels.
"The White House's regulatory shop has completed its assessment of a hot-button ozone rule, putting EPA on track to issue the final version by tomorrow's [Thursday's] court-ordered deadline."
"The Trump administration is poised to roll back a significant climate change regulation on coal-fired power plants, making it easier to build new coal plants in the United States."
"Andrew Wheeler met with a range of companies and trade groups with interests before EPA after he took charge at the agency."
The vast and widely used PFAS family of chemicals is causing serious worries across the country, as it turns up in more and more drinking water systems. Pressure to regulate it is also growing, but with mixed results. This week’s TipSheet offers a detailed look-ahead on this big, developing story, with a walk-through of the context, what the EPA is (and isn’t) doing, and why states are stepping up.
"Michigan businesses are discharging high levels of PFAS that move into the state's waterways on a daily basis."
"A new invasive tick species capable of transmitting several severe diseases is spreading in the United States, posing an emerging threat to human and animal health, according to a pair of reports issued Thursday."
"To settle allegations that it tainted drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in southeast North Carolina with toxic fluoroethers, Chemours has agreed to pay the state $12 million."
"Crop yields are declining. Tropical diseases like dengue fever are showing up in unfamiliar places, including in the United States. Tens of millions of people are exposed to extreme heat. These are the stark findings of a wide-ranging scientific report that lays out the growing risks of climate change for human health and predicts that cascading hazards could soon face millions more people in rich and poor countries around the world."