Environmental Justice

"Trump Signs Order Easing Regulatory Enforcement on Businesses"

"President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to ease up on businesses that make good-faith attempts to follow agency guidance and regulations during the coronavirus pandemic."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 05/20/2020

"Trump’s Water Jurisdiction Rule: What’s All the Fighting About?"

"The Trump administration’s long-anticipated water jurisdiction rule has already drawn a half-dozen legal challenges since its April release, with more on the way."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 05/20/2020

EPA Settlements: Will Coronavirus Get Polluters Off The Hook?"

"Over the years, Phillips 66 and Cenovus Energy, the companies that own the Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Illinois, have been sued by both the state and federal government for polluting the air and discharging toxic wastewater into the Mississippi River."

Source: Grist, 05/19/2020

"Meatpacking Plants Turn To Trump For Backup Against Lawsuits"

"As more than 10,000 workers in meat-processing plants have fallen sick with the coronavirus and at least 30 have died, corporate food giants facing liability lawsuits are turning to a powerful ally: the White House."

Source: HuffPost, 05/18/2020

"‘Stealth Bailout’ Shovels Millions of Dollars to Oil Companies"

"As it headed toward bankruptcy, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. took advantage of a little-noticed provision in the stimulus bill Congress passed in March to get a $9.7 million tax refund. Then, it asked a bankruptcy judge to authorize the same amount as bonuses to nine executives."

Source: Bloomberg, 05/18/2020

"In the Shadows of America's Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk"

"This isn’t the first time Vicki Dobbins’s town has been forced to shelter in place. Last year, the Marathon Petroleum refinery that looms over her neighborhood near Detroit emitted a pungent gas, causing nausea and dizziness among neighbors and prompting health officials to warn people to stay inside."

Source: NYTimes, 05/18/2020

Science and Health Officials Offer Sobering View of Reopening Readiness

"The scientists and public health officials who are leading the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday painted a sobering picture of a country ill-prepared to reopen and contain the spread of the virus in the coming months."

Source: NYTimes, 05/14/2020

"States Sue Trump’s EPA Over Rule Relaxation During Pandemic"

"Nine states sued the Trump administration for allegedly abdicating its responsibility to enforce U.S. environmental laws during the pandemic, challenging a recent plan to relax enforcement due to worker shortages and travel restrictions stemming from the outbreak."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 05/14/2020

"Conservationists Sue Trump Administration Over Border Wall"

"A coalition of conservation groups is suing the Trump administration over its signature border wall, arguing that the transfer of military funds for the wall’s construction is unconstitutional and claiming that the administration did not have the right to waive certain environmental requirements."

Source: The Hill, 05/13/2020


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