Scandals over ethics centered on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt continued to burgeon, as calls for his resignation and investigations raised doubts over his political future. The big question: would President Trump continue to back him?
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- Source: Washington Post, 04/04/2018
"Reporters from Politico, Buzzfeed, and other outlets noted that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt barred them from his April 3 announcement about loosening automobile fuel economy standards. Pruitt is currently under fire for a slew of scandals and seemingly corrupt activities, including a sweetheart deal he got to rent a D.C. condo from the wife of an energy lobbyist."Source: Media Matters, 04/04/2018
"A key White House adviser on infrastructure policy is 'moving on' to pursue unspecified opportunities, a White House official told the Washington Examiner."Source: Washington Examiner, 04/04/2018
"Capital expenditures on U.S. municipal water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure will rise 11 percent in the next 10 years, in part to cope with poor water quality, environmental mandates and crumbling systems in some areas, according to a report on Tuesday."
"Nearly a dozen U.S. states and Washington D.C. on Tuesday promised to defend federal automobile efficiency standards against a rollback proposed this week by Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency."
"The Environmental Protection Agency has exempted one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies, Andeavor, from complying with U.S. biofuels regulations - a waiver historically reserved for tiny operations in danger of going belly up, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters."
"A court ruled today that the Environmental Protection Agency violated its duty to respond to civil rights complaints in a timely way. The case involved five organizations that had waited years for the EPA to respond to complaints filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed, or color."Source: The Intercept, 04/04/2018
"Both minorities and whites who live in racially divided communities are exposed to higher levels of pollution than those who live in more integrated areas."Source: NY Times, 04/04/2018
"Phase-out of the toxics is working—but every kid tested still had some levels in their blood "Source: EHN, 04/04/2018
"Bowhead whales, the black filter-feeding giants of the Arctic that can live for 200 years devouring tons of tiny marine creatures, boast another remarkable quality. Their unique underwater songs make them wonderful “jazz” artists."
"The Trump administration announced that fuel-efficiency regulations for cars and light trucks are too stringent and must be revised, beginning a process sought by the U.S. auto industry to pare anti-pollution targets."Source: Bloomberg, 04/03/2018
"The Environmental Protection Agency signed off last March on a Canadian energy company’s pipeline-expansion plan at the same time that the E.P.A. chief, Scott Pruitt, was renting a condominium linked to the energy company’s powerful Washington lobbying firm."Source: NY Times, 04/03/2018
"Interior Department officials are backing away from a plan to dramatically increase entrance fees at the most popular national parks after receiving more than 100,000 public comments from Americans nearly unanimously opposed to the idea."Source: Washington Post, 04/03/2018
"Hurricane Harvey damaged more than 204,000 homes and apartment buildings in Harris County, almost three-quarters of them outside the federally regulated 100-year flood plain, leaving tens of thousands of homeowners uninsured and unprepared."Source: Houston Chronicle, 04/03/2018
"As unusually warm ocean water melts the ice from below, the glaciers' grounding lines are receding fast, bolstering fears of worst-case sea level rise."Source: InsideClimate News, 04/03/2018