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  • EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Ends ‘Abusive’ Obama ‘Sue & Settle’ Policy

    10/17/2017 8:55:37 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/16/2017 | Sean Moran
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt ended the agency’s “sue and settle” policy Monday, criticizing “regulation through litigation” as wrong and “abusive.” “The days of regulation through litigation are over,” said Administrator Pruitt. “We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the Agency by special interest groups where doing so would circumvent the regulatory process set forth by Congress. Additionally, gone are the days of routinely paying tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to these groups with which we swiftly settle.” Under previous administrations, particularly...
  • EPA poised to formally repeal Clean Power Plan in major blow to Obama’s climate legacy

    10/06/2017 11:49:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to soon formally repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in what would be one of the biggest blows yet to former President Barack Obama’s legacy on climate change. A draft proposal of the EPA’s conclusions, leaked to news outlets over the past 24 hours, argues that the plan — which would limit carbon emissions from power plants and, in the process, drastically reduce the amount of coal-generated electricity in the U.S. — goes beyond the bounds of federal law and unnecessarily hikes energy prices for consumers. ~snip~ “The EPA is proposing to repeal the...
  • Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

    09/27/2017 4:03:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 5:05 PM EDT | Brian Witte
    Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s ozone problem originates in upwind states. Maryland petitioned the EPA in November for a finding that 36 power plant units in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are emitting air pollution affecting Maryland in violation of the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor provision.” In January, the EPA issued a six-month extension to...
  • Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

    09/19/2017 7:37:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2017 8:09 PM EDT | Dan Elliott and Michael Biesecker
    Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday. Such work is at a standstill or moving slowly on at least four Superfund sites where “human exposure is not under control,” according to a report from the EPA’s inspector general. That means contamination at the sites is unsafe for humans and there is a reasonable expectation that people may be exposed to it, the report said. The report comes as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has...
  • Hundreds of EPA Workers Leave in Recent Days

    09/07/2017 6:21:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 59 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 5, 2017 | Timothy Puko
    WASHINGTON—Nearly 400 workers have left the Environmental Protection Agency in recent days, the agency said Tuesday, a wave of departures that soon could take the agency’s staffing to its lowest point in almost 30 years. The departures come primarily from buyouts offered as part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to fulfill a campaign promise of “tremendous cutting” at the EPA. His budget proposal in March suggested a 31% funding cut that would result in approximately 3,200 fewer jobs at the agency. The voluntary buyouts were offered in June to more than 1,200 workers. Almost a third of those eligible took...
  • EPA Colluded with Monsanto to Slow Safety Review of the Herbicide Glyphosate (Under Obama)

    08/21/2017 12:20:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Organi ^ | AUGUST 21, 2017 | Emily Monaco
    Multiple EPA officials colluded with Monsanto to slow a safety review of the company’s glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup, according to email communications obtained by Freedom of Information Act requests. Monsanto officials first reached out to the EPA in early 2015 regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s planned toxicology review of the herbicide, which the CDC said would be published by October 2015. This review has yet to be published, something EcoWatch notes was “no accident, no bureaucratic delay, but rather was the result of a collaborative effort between Monsanto and a group of high-ranking EPA officials.” The emails, sent...
  • Court Blocks EPA Effort to Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule

    07/03/2017 3:10:07 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 72 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | July 3, 2017 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON — Dealing another legal blow to the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot suspend an Obama-era rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells.The 2-to-1 decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is the first major legal setback for Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, who is trying to roll back dozens of Obama-era environmental regulations. The ruling signals that President Trump’s plans to erase his predecessor’s environmental record are likely to face an uphill battle in the courts.
  • Trump’s Pick for DOJ Top Environmental Attorney Has a Vast Anti-Climate Record [Winning!]

    06/09/2017 10:24:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | June 8, 2017 | By John H. Cushman Jr. and Marianne Lavelle
    Jeffrey Bossert Clark, a lawyer who has repeatedly challenged the scientific foundations of U.S. climate policy and was part of a legal team that represented BP in lawsuits stemming from the nation’s worst oil spill, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, was nominated by President Donald Trump on Tuesday to serve as the Justice Department’s top environmental lawyer. “When did America risk coming to be ruled by foreign scientists and apparatchiks at the United Nations?” Clark demanded in a 2010 blog posting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding. Clark was prominently involved in industry challenges to the EPA’s “endangerment finding”...
  • WH increases proposed cut to the EPA: report

    03/15/2017 3:40:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 15, 2017 | Devin Henry
    The White House will increase its proposed cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget when it releases its spending outline on Thursday, according to a new report. The Trump administration will propose a 31 percent cut to the EPA’s $8.1 billion budget when it releases its budget outline, the New York Times reports . That's higher than the 24 percent reduction the White House proposed in its earliest budget outlines. The proposal will be part of a budget draft that contains deep spending cuts to many federal domestic spending accounts. The White House is aiming to reduce domestic discretionary spending...
  • Trump to propose 24 percent cut in EPA spending: reports

    02/27/2017 5:16:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2017 | Devin Henry
    The Trump administration plans to propose a one-forth to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, a plan that would end up laying off 20 percent of the agency’s staffers, according to reports. Trump officials will propose a $6.1 billion for the EPA next year, a $2 billion cut from current levels, according to reports in E&E News and Politico , citing sources. The agency’s staffing levels would fall to 12,000 workers, from 15,000 currently, according to the reports. An EPA spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. The proposed spending levels at the EPA...
  • Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy says she'll keep close tabs on Pruitt

    02/19/2017 4:21:04 AM PST · by kevcol · 89 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 17, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Former President Barack Obama's environmental chief, Gina McCarthy, said Friday that she will be keeping a close eye on newly confirmed EPA chief Scott Pruitt as he takes the helm of the agency she once commanded. . . . "Every action" Pruitt makes, McCarthy said, will be eyed "very closely" by her "to ensure the Trump administration upholds science and the law." . . . The former EPA chief said she wants to make sure Pruitt "respects" the EPA's "dedicated public servants and builds on the agency's long track record of protecting public health and the environment."
  • EPA bracing for a deluge of Trump executive orders

    02/16/2017 10:13:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-16-17 | Leslie Eastman
    This may be the beginning of the end of one of the most business-crushing entities in the nation. President Donald Trump is poised to introduce a series of executive actions aimed at scaling back Obama-era climate change initiatives. Quote The president intends to sign the actions during a visit to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters to swear in Scott Pruitt as head of the agency, Inside EPA reported Tuesday, citing an administration source. The timing of the event has not been determined because the full Senate has not yet confirmed Pruitt. The Hill reported on the Inside EPA report on...
  • WARNING: Trump’s EPA Secretary Will Have ‘16,000 Employees Working Against Him’

    01/29/2017 9:08:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 107 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/28/17 | Christopher Bedford
    When likely EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt walks into his first day at the office, “He’ll have 16,000 employees working against him,” Sen. James Lankford told a large gathering of libertarian donors Saturday evening.“And I expect a flood of lawsuits over everything he does.”Pruitt, who has been nominated to lead the EPA by President Donald Trump, is the attorney general of Lankford’s state, Oklahoma. He has faced fierce opposition from the environmentalist left.Lankford, who chairs the Senate Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, was joined on stage by Sens. Mike Lee and Pat Toomey. Their panel, moderated by Americans for Prosperity...
  • Trump Orders Media Blackout At Government Agencies: Bans Use Of Social Media, Bars New EPA Contracts

    01/24/2017 3:27:59 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-24-2017 | Tyler Durden
    It wasn't just the EPA. Earlier today, we reported that the Trump administration instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press, detailed the specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency's social media accounts. On Monday, the Huffington Post reported that EPA grants had been frozen, with agency employees barred from speaking of the matter. The memo ordering the social media blackout is shown below.(snip)
  • Trump will sign executive orders to renegotiate NAFTA, gut EPA, restore pro-life foreign aid policy

    01/23/2017 8:25:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 01/23/2017 | Francesca Chambers
    Trump will sign more executive orders this morning imposing his will on the country as he sends his predecessor's agenda through the paper shredderFirst up: Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade AgreementThe president is also expected to take action on a five-year lobbying ban for senior officials and prohibit NGOs from receiving aid if they perform abortionsAlso said to be looking at a hiring freeze for the executive branch and dozens of orders rolling back regulations issued by the EPA President Donald Trump will sign more executive orders this morning imposing his will on the country...
  • Trump Admin to hold EPA accountable for massive toxic river spill

    01/24/2017 8:35:00 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 58 replies
    The Free Range Report ^ | 01/22/2016 | Chris White
    Republicans and Democrats have criticized the agency’s decision to ignore victims associated with the Gold King Mine spill, which released 3 million gallons of dangerous metals like lead, cadmium and arsenic into the Animas River. Citizens of the Rocky Mountain state are relying on the incoming Trump administration to require that the EPA pay damages in the wake of a massive agency-caused toxic water spill in Colorado. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, a tribe whose water supply was affected by spill, said he’s hoping Congress and the Trump administration will force the EPA to take responsibility. “There is no reason...
  • Obama's EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements(and ruin our cars)

    01/14/2017 7:33:06 AM PST · by mtrott · 98 replies
    Fox News Auto/AP ^ | January 13, 2017
    The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient, a decision that will be difficult for the incoming Trump administration to undo. The EPA said in late November that it had completed a required midterm review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards put in place in 2012 and decided they should not be relaxed as requested by the auto industry. The move in the waning days of the Obama administration brought protests from the industry, which accused the agency of playing politics with...
  • Obama’s EPA Chief Says Biggest Regret Is Not Connecting With Rural Voters

    01/09/2017 7:57:44 AM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/9/17 | Chris White
    Not being able to sell rural voters on the importance of switching from fossil fuels to solar and wind power is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy’s biggest regret, she said Friday. “We tried to change the outreach and messaging in rural America in a number of ways, but … has it changed the rhetoric that people hear? It hasn’t,” McCarthy said in an interview at EPA headquarters. “We couldn’t get it, but I wish we had.” President Barack Obama nominated McCarthy to lead the agency in 2013. Her tenure has been riddled with controversies and marred by heavy-handed...
  • EPA To Alaskans: We Might Fine You For Burning Wood To Stay Warm

    01/02/2017 5:57:52 AM PST · by xzins · 95 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 01, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Well, in the Alaskan interior, winters can be brutal. With temperatures dropping below zero, burning wood is the only viable way for Alaskans in these rather desolate areas to stay warm. Yet, government thinks this is a problem concerning small-particle pollution. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency is so concerned that they’re mulling fining people who burn wood to stay warm. John Daniel Davidson, a senior correspondent for The Federalist (and Alaskan native) had more: ***If only the bureaucrats in Washington DC knew what the wolf-dog knew. But alas, now comes the federal government to tell the inhabitants of Alaska’s...
  • EPA To Alaskans In Sub-Zero Temps: Stop Burning Wood To Keep Warm

    12/30/2016 5:25:04 PM PST · by Twotone · 121 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Dec. 30, 2016 | John Daniel Davidson
    In Jack London’s famous short story, “To Build A Fire,” a man freezes to death because he underestimates the cold in America’s far north and cannot build a proper fire. The unnamed man—a chechaquo, what Alaska natives call newcomers—is accompanied by a wolf-dog that knows the danger of the cold and is wholly indifferent to the fate of the man. “This man did not know cold. Possibly, all the generations of his ancestry had been ignorant of cold, of real cold, of cold 107 degrees below freezing point. But the dog knew; all its ancestry knew, and it had inherited...