"The new 116th Congress may spend more time examining the intersection of race and the environment, and specifically look at how poor and minority communities are affected by climate change."
EJToday: Top Headlines
- Source: Bloomberg Environment, 01/16/2019
"The president signed U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown’s and Rob Portman’s Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act into law that would provide local communities with increased flexibility when complying with Clean Water Act requirements for updates to sewer systems."Source: Youngstown Vindicator, 01/16/2019
"Western Republican governors are pushing back against the Trump administration's decision to ax mitigation rules for energy developers."Source: EnergyWire, 01/16/2019
"The Trump administration is bringing dozens of federal employees back to work to carry out the administration’s plan to expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling."Source: The Hill, 01/16/2019
"Another North Atlantic right whale calf and its mother have been spotted - the critically endangered species’ second confirmed newborn of the winter birthing season."Source: Cape Cod Times, 01/16/2019
"WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.
EPA said in a statement that it is directing “its resources to the most significant and impactful cases.”Source: AP, 01/15/2019
"President Trumphas tapped Commerce Department inspector Mark Greenblatt to be the new inspector general of the Department of the Interior."Source: The Hill, 01/15/2019
"The ice in Antarctica is melting six times faster than it did just 40 years ago, a new study reports.
This dramatic acceleration of the ice loss is a clear indication of human-caused climate change, the study authors said.
Lead author Eric Rignot, an ice scientist at the University of California–Irvine, said the melting ice has caused global sea levels to rise more than half an inch since 1979.
While that may not sound like much, the amount is certainly alarming to climate scientists, as it's a preview of things to come:"Source: USA TODAY, 01/15/2019
"Pacific Gas and Electric said on Monday that it would seek bankruptcy protection as “the only viable option” as the giant California utility faces billions of dollars in liability claims from two years of deadly wildfires."Source: NY Times, 01/15/2019
"The president is intent on pushing up timber sales in spite of the shutdown. He says he wants to curb wildfires. Experts say logging trees won’t help."Source: Washington Post, 01/15/2019
"A multi-agency state task force assembled to tackle a ubiquitous chemical contaminant across Michigan continues to operate under the Whitmer administration, but without a director or the executive directive that created it."Source: Detroit News, 01/15/2019
"The FDA plans as soon as Tuesday to restart food safety inspections at facilities that handle riskier products like fresh-cut produce, as the partial government shutdown extends into its fourth week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Monday."Source: Politico, 01/15/2019
"Researcher says the EPA has disregarded substantial evidence that the popular herbicide is linked to cancer".Source: EHN, 01/15/2019
"Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday."Source: Reuters, 01/15/2019
"Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren’t even ready for production."Source: AP, 01/15/2019