"Jared Blumenfeld, the newly appointed director of the U.S. EPA's Pacific Southwest region, Region 9, is pledging to make life difficult for polluters, especially those who despoil the environment in underserved and vulnerable communities."
"The federal agency's internal investigation will run concurrently with a state and local inquiry into health and environmental issues facing Kettleman City, Calif."
"Climate change and clean energy programs, which the Obama administration has championed, are expected to remain priorities at U.S. EPA and the Energy Department in the president's fiscal 2011 budget request despite a request to freeze non-military discretionary spending for the next three years."
In a historic step forward, EPA's proposed rule would require disclosure of ALL pesticide ingredients — which has not been required for decades.
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.
"Somewhere just after 12:30 p.m. on a cold Wednesday this month, the image of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as a Western pragmatist and wily political deal-maker evaporated in a cloud of heated rhetoric."
"President Obama has appointed the most progressive EPA chief in history — and she's moving swiftly to clean up the mess left by Bush."
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.