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Embattled EPA pitches 40 “quick fixes” to slow poisoning of water at inactive Colorado mines 23.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
"Funding is a question. We certainly will be requesting money this year. We will start the work as soon as the funding is available - no earlier than probably the fourth quarter this year." - EPA remedial project manager Rebecca Thomas
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'Send Me A Friend': Anders Osborne Helps Musicians Stay Sober On Tour 22.4.2017 NPR News
New Orleans bluesman Anders Osborne is launching a program to help musicians and others in the industry stay sober in work environments that are often centered around drugs and alcohol.
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EDF Tracks Air Quality in Areas Removed from the Texas Air Pollutant Watch List 21.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Elena Craft, PhD EDF’s Maia Draper co-wrote this post We’ve written before about the Air Pollutant Watch List , a Texas program for addressing harmful air pollutants that pose a particularly high risk to public health. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) adds areas to the Air Pollution Watch List where monitoring data show persistently high concentrations of air toxics above the state’s health-based guidelines for these substances. Listing an area on the Air Pollution Watch List enables TCEQ to dedicate additional time and resources to reducing air toxic emissions in these areas. A listing can serve as an important tool for reducing dangerous air pollution and protecting public health. However, since 2007, TCEQ has removed 14 monitored pollutants in 10 areas from the Air Pollution Watch List. TCEQ says that average concentration levels of air toxics in these areas no longer exceed state guidelines, and therefore that additional scrutiny and resources to encourage air quality ...
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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far. 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump gave many signals on the campaign trail that his presidency would be a disaster for the environment. He called global warming a “hoax” and “bullshit,”  vowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, and undo regulations to revive the fossil fuel industry.   Almost 100 days into Trump’s tenure, the fears of environmentalists, scientists, public health advocates have been confirmed — and then some. Before he’d even been sworn in, Trump nominated several climate deniers chummy with the fossil fuel industry to his cabinet, including former Texas Gov.  Rick Perry  as the head of the Department of Energy and Oklahoma Attorney General  Scott Pruitt  to head the Environmental Protection Agency ― a man who had sued the agency 14 times over industry regulations. Pruitt recently claimed, in contradiction to overwhelming scientific consensus, that human activity ― i.e. the burning of fossil fuels ― is not definitively the primary contributor to climate change.  On the day Trump took ...
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EPA Considers Gutting Lead Regulations While Scott Pruitt Visits East Chicago 21.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Just as its administrator, Scott Pruitt, was meeting with residents of a neighborhood contaminated by lead, the Environmental Protection Agency announced upcoming reviews of its lead standards under President Trump's executive order requiring federal agencies to gut regulations. East Chicago residents have been waiting weeks for Pruitt to respond to their emergency petition for federal aid. Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt speaks at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, February 25, 2017. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent out a notice on Wednesday announcing a series of upcoming public meetings in which it will consider gutting rules and regulations meant to protect the public from lead and hazardous chemicals, including training programs designed to prevent children from being exposed to lead paint. The notice went out at 2:30, just as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was meeting with ...
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The 5 weirdest Earth Day pitches of 2017 21.4.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
From lawn games to luxury sheets, here are the dubiously "environmentally-friendly" products that we didn't know we needed.
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Nearly 400 military bases must be tested for drinking water contamination -- and it will take years 21.4.2017 Philly.com News
Three years after Bucks and Montgomery County residents began dealing with water contamination from naval bases, new numbers from the military offer the best look to date at the national scope of the problem.
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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Continues Dirty Energy Tour 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — The man in charge of protecting human health and the environment traveled to one of America’s oldest coal-fired power plants on Thursday, continuing what is shaping up to be a dirty energy tour. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt’s visit to the Thomas Hill Energy Center , in Clifton Hill, Missouri, comes one week after he traveled to a Pennsylvania coal mine  to formally launch the EPA’s “ Back-to-Basics agenda .” It also comes a day after the American Lung Association released its annual air quality report , which found nearly 4 in 10 Americans are breathing dangerous levels of pollution and warned the Trump administration that sidelining efforts to curb emissions would jeopardize public health. Pruitt echoed the message he delivered on April 13 at Pennsylvania’s Harvey Mine. “ The war on coal is over ; the war on fossil fuels is over,” he told workers at the 1,153-megawatt facility in Missouri, according to the Moberly Monitor-Index.  “Last week, I went underground in a ...
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Trump Pick For Army Secretary Says He Opposes Transgender Equality Because He Must 'Crush Evil' 20.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green (R), President Donald Trump’s choice to be the next Army secretary, believes that part of his mission as a public official is to “ crush evil ” ― and that opposing transgender equality policies is key to that effort. As head of the Army, Green would oversee a force that’s fully integrated, since the Pentagon ended its ban on transgender people serving openly in June. If confirmed, he would set a significantly different tone than the previous Army secretary, Eric Fanning, who was the first openly gay person to serve in the position. In June, Green said he opposed allowing people to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity, rather than the sex assigned at birth. He told an online radio show he believed the matter should be left up to the states  rather than the federal government, and then cited the safety of women as a key reason he personally opposes transgender equality in public accommodations.  “There are 300,000 rapes in the United States every ...
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Pruitt plans to halt health and waste protections from oil and gas pollution 19.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Pruitt plans to halt health and waste protections from oil and gas pollution
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Dartmouth College settles animal dump contamination case 19.4.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College says it has reached a settlement with a family who said they suffered health problems from drinking well water contaminated by runoff from a site where the Ivy League school once dumped animals used in science experiments. The school says it agreed to purchase the home of Richard and […]
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4 in 10 Americans Live in Places Where It Is Unhealthy for Them to Breathe 19.4.2017 Mother Jones
In his America First Energy Plan , President Donald Trump boasts that "protecting clean air" will "remain a high priority" during his presidency. But just a few months into his term, Trump proposed cutting funding to the Environmental Protection Agency and signed an executive order to roll back the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era regulation central to the enforcement of the Clean Air Act. Bad timing. According to a new report published today by the American Lung Association, nearly 4 in 10 Americans live in places where it is unhealthy for them to breathe. The ALA's " State of the Air 2017 " report analyzed air pollution data collected by the EPA from 2013 to 2015 and found that 125 million people live in counties that have unhealthful levels of either ozone (smog) or particle pollution. Though this represents a "major improvement" from the 2016 report, which placed the number at 166 million, or more than half of all Americans, the ALA is concerned that the recent progress could reverse. "Implementing and ...
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The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast. 19.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.

“We’re witnessing a transition to a post-oasis landscape in Southern California,”...

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Trump Shouldn't Mess With The Clean Air Act, American Lung Association Warns 19.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — A new report from the  American Lung Association  comes with a clear warning for the Trump administration and Congress: Continue America’s fight against pollution or jeopardize public health.  On Wednesday, the ALA released its 18th annual “ State of the Air ” report, which found there’s been a “major improvement” in the nation’s overall air quality, crediting it to the success of the Clean Air Act in controlling pollution. Despite continued progress, however, a number of cities saw dangerous spikes in short-term particle pollution affected by climate change. Roughly 125 million Americans — nearly 4 in 10 — continue to live in areas with dangerously high levels of pollution. “This is simply unacceptable,” Harold Wimmer, ALA’s national president and CEO, said in a statement. “Everyone has a fundamental right to breathe healthy air. Our nation’s leaders must do more to protect the health of all Americans.” The report, which covers data collected from 2013 to 2015, measures both particle ...
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Salt Lake debuts on list of ozone-polluted cities 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City now ranks among the worst U.S. cities for ozone and particulate pollution, a new report says. The Salt Lake metro area, including Provo and Orem, was the 20th worst city for elevated concentrations of ozone, according to the American Lung Association’s latest State of the Air Report, which ranks and grades cities and counties by the number of days their air is deemed “unhealthy” under standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Based on air quality readings between ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Activists’ tribunal alleges Monsanto hurts environment 18.4.2017 Washington Post: World
A tribunal brought together by a rights group that aims to highlight what it claims are abuses by U.S. seed company Monsanto Co. has delivered an advisory opinion alleging that the company “engaged in practices which have negatively impacted” people’s rights to a healthy environment, food and good health.
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Trump is creating a void on climate change. Can California persuade other states to help fill it? 15.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

California made no secret of its ambitions when it enacted a landmark law on global warming just over a decade ago. Progress here on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, the law said, would have “far-reaching effects by encouraging other states, the federal government and other countries to act.”

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Air pollution may lower ‘good’ cholesterol increasing heart disease risk 15.4.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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Environment Or Economy Is A Nonsensical Question 14.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Our belief systems are one of the most powerful forces in existence. As history has shown this is true whether or not those beliefs are accurate. Inaccurate but firmly held beliefs fuel racism, sexism, Nazism and genocide. One of the most dangerous, self-destructive beliefs alive and well in America and beyond is that protecting the environment damages the economy. Environmental regulations are said to cost too much, slow economic growth, hurt businesses, cost jobs and give other less-environmentally sound countries a competitive advantage. The belief that environmental protections harm our economy is at the heart of the Trump Administration’s economic growth approach. Trump’s team is rolling back environmental protections from slashing clean air and water programs to allowing dumping of coal mining waste into rivers to loosening the environmental and human health regulations related to fracking. Their reasoning is that these types of environmental protections are harming the U.S. economy. That reasoning ...
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Another Industry-Funded Lobbyist Tapped by Trump? 14.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
From a video wherein Ms. White discusses the "benefits" of carbon pollution. By: Keith Gaby , Senior Communications Director – Climate, Health, and Political Affairs For the top White House environmental position, Director of the Council on Environmental Quality, President Trump is considering Kathleen Hartnett White. She’s a registered lobbyist, and is currently with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an advocacy group funded in large part by the energy industry. She seems to have spent most of her time there spreading  “alternative facts”  on air pollution and climate change. As my colleague  Jeremy Symons wrote  when White was considered to lead EPA, she has long been a critic of the EPA’s efforts to reduce toxic air pollution such as soot and mercury. In a 2016 op-ed for The Hill  she attacked  the agency for pursuing standards to reduce air pollution from fossil fuels. Continuing a pattern Unfortunately, this appointment would be  part of a pattern . Nearly one-fourth of all Trump administration ...
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