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  • Audit: Obama EPA Paid Staff Overtime without Justification

    08/16/2017 9:10:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 15, 2017 | 6:05 PM EDT | Zenny Phuong
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated its policy during the last three years of the Obama administration by giving employees overtime pay without sufficient — or in most cases, any — justification, according to a report by the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG). In an audit released on Aug. 9, the OIG revealed “numerous instances of noncomplicance” with the emergency overtime pay system at its regional branch — Region 10 covering the Pacific Northwest — and a lack of consistency and accountability in the overall record-keeping system. The audit, which examined Region 10, found almost 80 EPA employees that...
  • Pruitt: EPA will review ‘politicized’ climate science report

    08/14/2017 8:37:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies ^ | August 14, 2017 | charles the moderator
    <p>Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said his staff will gauge the “accuracy” of a major federal science report that blames human activity for climate change — just days after researchers voiced their fears to The New York Times that the Trump administration would alter or suppress its findings.</p>
  • EPA moves to rewrite limits for coal power plant wastewater

    08/14/2017 7:12:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 14, 2017 4:12 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker
    The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released Monday as part of a legal appeal said he will seek to revise the 2015 guidelines mandating increased treatment for wastewater from steam electric power-generating plants. Acting at the behest of electric utilities who opposed the stricter standards, Pruitt first moved in April to delay implementation of the new guidelines. The wastewater flushed from the coal-fired plants into rivers and lakes typically contains traces of such highly toxic heavy metals as lead, arsenic,...
  • Democratic attorneys escalate legal fight against Trump

    08/13/2017 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 2017 11:11 AM EDT | Steve Peoples
    The Trump resistance movement cheered when Democratic attorneys general in several states sued to block the president’s plan to bar travelers from some Muslim majority countries. But with far less fanfare in the months since, an emboldened coalition of Democratic state attorneys general has unleashed a torrent of lower-profile litigation they argue is necessary to protect public health, the environment and consumers from a Republican White House. State attorneys from Massachusetts to New York to California, often working together, have brought more than 40 legal actions against the Trump administration over the last seven months. The pace, which both parties...
  • Report Calls On Sessions To End EPA’s $1.5 Billion Slush Fund

    08/09/2017 6:25:50 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Aug 8, 2017 | Tim Pearce
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a practice in recent years that allows the agency to “create its own de facto power of the purse,” according to a report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released Tuesday. The EPA and Department of Justice (DOJ) force private companies and individuals to fund policies and initiatives that the agencies and president support but that Congress has not weighed-in on, or may even have voted against in the past.
  • Federal court strikes down EPA rule key to Obama's climate agenda

    08/08/2017 8:24:30 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 8, 2017 | John Siciliano
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' 2-1 decision said EPA does not have the authority to enact a 2015 rule-making ending the use of hydrofluorocarbons commonly found in spray cans, automobile air conditioners and refrigerators. The three-judge panel said that because HFCs are not ozone-depleting substances, the EPA could not use a section of the Clean Air Act targeting those chemicals to ban HFCs.
  • Trump Should Drain the EPA Swamp

    08/08/2017 11:07:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | August 8, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Like the road to Hell, liberal ideas are usually paved with good intentions. But, as Ronald Reagan once said, "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so." And all that vast “unknowledge” births monster government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency. Today’s EPA is an agency gone-wild, filled with environmental extremists and deep state holdovers who have little accountability for their actions. They arrogantly create rules like the “Clean Power Plan” which the Institute for Energy Research [IER] said was filled with about as much junk as...
  • Gutted EPA Budget Threatens the Health and Safety of Latinos

    08/03/2017 12:03:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | August 3, 2017 | By Albert Jacquez
    Under the Trump administration, Scott Pruitt is not the first elected official to be appointed to head the very department he’s made a career of criticizing. His decisions as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, could have disastrous and irreversible effects on our communities, country and the planet. But our biggest concern with the EPA is not Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump, or his administration. It’s the impact these actions will have on the millions of Americans directly affected by irresponsible policies put forth by climate change deniers. Latino communities may be most at risk because of their occupations,...
  • Southerland Quits the EPA – It’s Time for Sense to Lead Once More

    08/03/2017 5:50:48 AM PDT · by davikkm · 27 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    After 30 years in the Environmental Protection Agency, Elizabeth “Betsy” Southerland has quit her post in a rejection of the direction the agency is taking under Administrator, Scott Pruitt. Whilst the media are having a field day with the news, it’s important to remember that Southerland had a hand in some of the most wasteful, damaging policies that have come out of the EPA in recent decades. If we look back to the beginning of her time in the EPA, scandals regarding the use of “near criminal” science and “fraudulent” data are rife. Congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.) said that “It...
  • Top EPA official resigns over direction of agency under Trump

    08/01/2017 5:11:45 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 108 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/01/17 04:02 PM EDT | JACQUELINE THOMSEN
    A top Environmental Protection Agency official resigned Tuesday in protest of the direction the EPA has taken under President Trump. Elizabeth "Betsy" Southerland ended her 30-year run at the agency with a scathing exit letter in which she claimed that “the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth.” She last worked as the director of science and technology in the Office of Water. “The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is NO economic crisis caused by environmental protection, and climate change IS caused by man’s activities,” Southerland wrote, directly rejecting many of...
  • Debunking the EPA’s Fake Accounts of the Gold King Mine Disaster

    07/27/2017 5:56:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 26, 2017 | Rob Gordon
    After almost two years, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General released its report on the Gold King Mine disaster that dumped over a million pounds of metals into the Animas River, turning dozens of miles of the river orange. While inspectors general are tasked with finding out the truth and holding agencies accountable, this recently released report sheds no more light on the disaster than previous misleading reports. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has inherited not only an environmental mess, but also the mess created by an agency more interested in its narrow self-interests than truth. Pruitt now has...
  • Climate “Scientists” in Panic: Real Debate and Fact Checking Will Expose “Consensus” Fraud

    07/26/2017 2:27:26 PM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    The New American ^ | 25 July 2017 | William F. Jasper
    Scott Pruitt and Steven Koonin have climate scientist-activists and their media promoters ranting and sputtering in an epic meltdown. Pruitt is, of course, President Trump’s outspoken administrator in charge of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Koonin, a physicist and professor at New York University, was undersecretary of the Energy Department in the Obama administration. Pruitt and Koonin, along with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and an impressive lineup of distinguished scientists have stirred the proverbial hornets’ nest by proposing (of all things!) — a scientific debate. Climate alarmists say this is “dangerous,” even “un-American.” And why...
  • EPA Director Pruitt looks to rescind Obama-era ‘Waters of the U.S.’ regulation

    07/26/2017 2:06:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 26, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    Federal Register proposal comes days after Trump administration moves to repeal of federal fracking ruleThe Trump administration formally acted Wednesday to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, dealing another blow to the Obama-era environmental regulatory regime. The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army announced that the proposed WOTUS withdrawal would be published Thursday in the Federal Register, launching the 30-day comment period. In addition to rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the agencies said they will also reevaluate the definition of “waters of the United States,” in keeping with President Trump‘s Feb. 28 executive order....
  • American Farm Bureau jumps into Duarte fight

    07/26/2017 12:02:06 PM PDT · by ptsal · 7 replies
    Wine Industry Insight ^ | JULY 26, 2017 | ZIPPY DUVALL
    [snip] American Farm Bureau Federation,I have closely followed the Duarte Nursery v. Army Corps of Engineers case...Mr. Duarte is facing trial in federal court in California....facing $2.8-million in penalties...
  • Trump administration lining up climate change 'red team'

    07/25/2017 4:59:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies ^ | July 24, 2017 | John Siciliano
    The Trump administration is in the beginning stages of forming an adversarial "red team" to play devil's advocate in a plan to debate the facts behind global warming and take on what skeptics call climate alarmism. The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency are recruiting scientists by enlisting the help of the Heartland Institute, considered to be the lead think tank for challenging the majority of scientists on climate change. The institute has its own red team, which is the antithesis to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which it calls, unabashedly, the Nongovernmental International Panel on...
  • Breaking: Fatal Courtroom Act Ruins Michael ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann

    07/05/2017 7:24:47 PM PDT · by Ken H · 96 replies
    Principia Scientific ^ | July 4, 2017 | John O'Sullivan
    Penn State climate scientist, Michael ‘hockey stick’ Mann commits contempt of court in the ‘climate science trial of the century.’ Prominent alarmist shockingly defies judge and refuses to surrender data for open court examination. Only possible outcome: Mann’s humiliation, defeat and likely criminal investigation in the U.S. The defendant in the libel trial, the 79-year-old Canadian climatologist, Dr Tim Ball (above, right) is expected to instruct his British Columbia attorneys to trigger mandatory punitive court sanctions, including a ruling that Mann did act with criminal intent when using public funds to commit climate data fraud. Mann’s imminent defeat is set...
  • Trump Erases Obama Legacy as the Fake Media Obsesses Over Tweets

    07/03/2017 5:51:10 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 34 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 7.3.2017 | David Blackmon
    At the current pace, by the end of March, 2018 it will be as if Barack Obama never served as President. By the end of March 2018, I believe that President Donald Trump will have signed congressional bills that repeal and replace ObamaCare, and which significantly reform both personal and corporate income taxes. At that point, what will be left of the admittedly paltry Obama policy legacy? Not much. In reality, in fact, it’s already almost all gone, and the lazy, self-absorbed political activists who dominate the fake news media have barely noticed, mainly because they’ve been too busy obsessing...
  • Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start

    07/02/2017 5:52:37 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 1, 2017 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history, according to experts in environmental law. Mr. Pruitt’s supporters, including President Trump, have hailed his moves as an uprooting of the administrative state and a clearing of onerous regulations that have stymied American business. Environmental advocates have watched in horror as Mr. Pruitt has worked to disable the authority of...
  • Trump’s WOTUS Repeal Has Yet to Help Modesto Farmer Who Faces $2.8 Million Fine for Plowing

    07/02/2017 3:29:15 PM PDT · by ptsal · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/01/2017 | Susan Crabtree
    John Duarte, a fourth-generation California farmer, was disappointed this week when President Trump's repeal of the Waters of the United States rule didn't translate into immediate legal relief from an Obama administration's environmental case against him. Duarte says he has spent $2 million and five years fighting charges that he violated provisions of the Clean Water Act by plowing too deeply on watery areas of a 450-acre parcel of land he purchased to grow winter wheat for at least one year. ========== "I'm still trying to figure out how a plowing method that doesn't not move soil," Duarte said, referring...
  • Weekly Update: Judicial Watch Sues VA Again for Docs About Misuse of a Veterans’ Facility

    07/01/2017 11:27:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 30, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Sues VA Again for Docs About Misuse of a Veterans’ Facility Judicial Watch Sues for Info on Obama’s War on Coal EPA Breaks Law on Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda? Judicial Watch to Trump Administration: End Congress’s Obamacare Exemption! Judicial Watch Sues VA Again for Docs About Misuse of a Veterans’ Facility As you may know, Judicial Watch has taken the lead in trying to highlight the government’s misconduct and misuse of a 388-acre parcel of land in Los Angeles, originally intended to serve the needs of veterans. In fact, we just filed a second Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)...