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  • A final EPA rollback under Trump curbs use of health studies

    01/05/2021 5:05:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 5, 2021 | By ELLEN KNICKMEYER (D-AP)
    The Environmental Protection Agency has completed one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration, changing how it considers evidence of harm from pollutants in a way that opponents say could cripple future public-health regulation.The new rule would require the release of raw data from public-health studies whose findings the EPA uses in determining the danger of an air pollutant, toxic chemical or other threat. Big public-health studies that studied the anonymized results of countless people have been instrumental in setting limits on toxic substances, including in some of the nation’s most important clean-air protections.Some industry and conservative groups...
  • Gina McCarthy, Deb Haaland And Gold King Mine

    12/20/2020 7:26:05 AM PST · by Baynative · 21 replies
    Victory Girls ^ | 12/20/20 | Nina Bookoput
    Gina McCarthy and Deb Haaland are on Biden’s climate team. This should be interesting given both of their ties to the disastrous Gold King Mine spill of 2015. That year, a mine up near Silverton, Colorado was under clean-up protocols by the EPA. The same EPA that Gina McCarthy was running at the time. Then, the spill happened. The Animas River turned into yellow sludge from southwestern Colorado all the way into and nearly through New Mexico. Who lives in New Mexico and just the year before lost her bid to be NM Lieutenant Governor? Joe Biden’s new choice for...
  • EPA Requests DOJ Investigate Foreign Funding of Environmental Groups

    10/27/2020 5:06:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2020 3:30 PM | Joe Schoffstall
    The Environmental Protection Agency has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations that U.S. environmental groups have received covert funding from China and Russia. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler made the request after Rep. Lance Gooden (R., Texas) alleged that left-wing environmental groups—including the Sea Change Foundation, Sunrise Movement, and Sierra Club—have functioned as conduits for "foreign influence, financial involvement, and election interference." Wheeler noted that it is not against the law for a nonprofit to take contributions from foreign entities but nonetheless asked the DOJ to look into whether the groups should register as foreign agents. "Given heightened concerns that...
  • How Biden Will End Fracking Without a Ban. Like Obama, he’d kill the energy industry by a thousand regulatory and legislative cuts.

    10/21/2020 4:19:35 AM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2020 | Steve Milloy
    Joe Biden is probably telling the truth when he says he won’t “ban” fracking. A president can’t do that by executive order. And even if Democrats seize the Senate, a legislative ban would be politically risky. Far more likely is that a Biden administration would end fracking via indirect means, by taking a regulatory nibble here and a legislative bite there. While Mr. Biden has flip-flopped on fracking, he has consistently pledged to outlaw drilling on federal lands. That would affect 8% of all U.S. oil production, 9% of gas production, and 6% of natural gas liquids production. He has...
  • EPA Eases Rule To Allow Power Plants To Dump Polluted Water (barf)

    10/12/2020 9:30:05 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 8 replies
    DCReport.org ^ | Oct 12, 2020 | Sarah Okeson
    Agency Gives Utilities a Break, Reclassifies ‘Cooling Ponds’ as ‘Waste Treatment Systems’ Alice Fleming Guzick and her husband, Bill, have been living at their lake house on Lake Keowee in South Carolina since the coronavirus pandemic started. She likes to paddleboard and kayak there. Trump and Radical Republicans stripped environmental protections from lakes such as the one Guzick lives on when the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers repealed former President Barack Obama’s Clean Water Rule and replaced it. Environmentalists say the change removes lakes such as Lake Keowee from being protected under the landmark Clean Water Act, which...
  • EPA Administrator Pans Newsom’s Electric Car Mandate: ‘You Can’t Keep the Lights on Today’

    09/30/2020 6:42:06 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/29/2020 | Penny Starr
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, sent a letter to Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom warning about the legal implications of his recent Executive Order mandating that new vehicle sales starting in 2035 must be electric vehicles and chided him for the failing electricity infrastructure taking place in the state today.
  • EPA questions legality of California's attempt to phase out sales of gas-powered cars

    09/29/2020 11:51:16 AM PDT · by karpov · 13 replies
    The HIll ^ | September 29, 2020 | Rachel Frazin
    The federal government is raising legal and practical questions about a recent California executive order attempting to end sales of gas-powered cars in the state by 2035. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrote to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday, saying he believes California would need to request a waiver from his agency for the order to be implemented and implying that the state’s electricity infrastructure is insufficient for a shift toward electric vehicles. “While the [executive order] seems to be mostly aspirational and on its own would accomplish very little, any attempt by the California Air...
  • Wind Turbines Generate Mountains of Waste

    09/25/2020 7:22:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2020 | Duggan Flanagan
    Environmentalists and wind energy opportunists (entrepreneurs who take advantage of overly generous tax credits and multiple other subsidies) want you to believe wind energy is as pure “green” as newly driven snow is white, and as cheap as Taco Bell. They never tell you about the costs – or the environmental destruction – that they have hidden from you for decades. But neither do most governments, news media or social media.Ars Technica science editor John Timmer says wind hardware prices are dropping, even as new turbine designs are increasing the typical power generated by each turbine. Timmer did admit that “wind is...
  • Remembering EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout – Part 2

    09/05/2020 8:32:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2020 | Duggan Flanagan
    On August 5, five years to the day after suffering from a 3-million-gallon spill of heavy-metal-laden toxic wastewater from Colorado’s Gold King Mine, the State of Utah announced a settlement of its claims against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several EPA contractors (who thus far have not been held responsible, accountable or liable) for their alleged negligence in allowing the spill. The notorious, devastating accident turned Cement Creek and the Animas, San Juan and Colorado Rivers yellow all the way from Colorado through New Mexico and Utah and into Lake Powell. The settlement is good news. Yet those whose...
  • Remembering the Gold King Mine Blowout ( Colorado, NM, and Utah )

    09/03/2020 10:43:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 04, 2020 | Duggan Flanakin
    On the fifth anniversary of the notorious spill of 3 million gallons of heavily contaminated acid mine water from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Utah announced an agreement that ends the state’s lawsuit. Neither the EPA nor the contractors involved at the Gold King spill site are entirely off the hook for their alleged missteps that resulted in downstream damages. Lawsuits filed by the Navajo Nation, the State of New Mexico, and a group of Navajo farmers and ranchers have been consolidated, and discovery is proceeding, with a projected...
  • EPA cracks down on 'ideologically driven regulations' New methane standards part of 'big puzzle' involving environment

    08/24/2020 7:12:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/23/2020 | Jason Issac
    Last Thursday, the EPA announced the adoption of new environmental standards that will reduce overburdensome regulations on methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. While the climate alarmists will scream that the end is near, the EPA estimates the new regulations will increase methane emissions by only a few percent over the next 5 years. And it represents an important shift in the EPA’s stance on whether it should regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) other than carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Trump Order Waives Project Environment Rules to Push COVID-19 Recovery

    06/05/2020 12:43:09 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    Engineering News-Record ^ | June 4, 2020 | Debra K. Rubin, Mary B. Powers, and Jim Parsons
    Citing the "national emergency" spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic's economic impact, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to bypass environmental laws to expedite infrastructure projects, including those on federal lands, as a stimulus. Legal challenges are expected to follow... The directive, which Trump issued after 6:00 PM on June 4, is intended to speed up federal approvals for transportation, energy and other projects to boost job growth and related investment. Also on June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to extend to all federal clean air rules a similar change to its mercury-emissions...
  • Trump rule limits states from blocking pipeline projects

    06/01/2020 11:26:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 1, 2020 | Rebecca Beitsch
    The Trump administration gutted a key portion of the Clean Water Act on Monday, limiting states’ ability to block controversial pipeline projects that cross their waterways. The final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) targets Section 401 of the law, which lets states halt pipelines that risk hurting their water quality. It’s been a target of President Trump, who last April ordered the agency to accelerate and promote the construction of pipelines and other important energy infrastructure. “Today, we are following through on President Trump’s Executive Order to curb abuses of the Clean Water Act that have held our...
  • Rolling Back Draconian EPA Standards Won’t Make COVID-19 Worse

    05/11/2020 9:58:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2020 | Anthony Watts
    Sometimes, you just have to wonder if it’s ignorance or simply pure mendacity that drives former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and Michael Bloomberg to make claims like this: “How Trump’s EPA Is Making Covid-19 More Deadly.” Putting aside their anti-Trump bias and just looking at the science, their claim fails miserably on several levels. First, we have the Harvard study the op-ed was based on, which claims that stricter EPA emissions restrictions would reduce COVID-19 deaths. This isn’t a study of real people and real pollution, it’s a computer-generated model. That alone should give you pause, given how badly coronavirus...
  • RED SWAN: The Story of a Secret Cable and the Crisis We Could Have Seen Coming

    04/24/2020 6:14:52 AM PDT · by Hamiltonian · 66 replies
    The Economic Standard ^ | 4/24/2020 | Daniel McGroarty
    COVID-19: It’s all we talk about, on the cable news, and in our 6-foot socially-distanced prison walks around our silent neighborhoods. And in nearly every conversation comes the intellectual shrug, “who could have seen this coming?” A single phrase that neatly absolves governments and experts alike of any responsibility of predicting the pandemic and, if not being able to stop it, at least cushioning its blow........ But is it unfair to engage in so much 20-20 hindsight? After all, who could see COVID coming? Well, we did. We — as in nodes within the U.S. Government tasked with tracking critical...
  • White House moves to weaken EPA rule on toxic compounds

    04/18/2020 10:26:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2020 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Trump White House has intervened to weaken one of the few public health protections pursued by its own administration, a rule to limit the use of a toxic industrial compound in consumer products, according to communications between the White House and Environmental Protection Agency. The documents show that the White House Office of Management and Budget formally notified the EPA by email last July that it was stepping into the crafting of the rule on the compound, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, used in nonstick and stain-resistant frying pans, rugs, and countless other consumer products. The White House repeatedly pressed...
  • EPA temporarily stops enforcement of environmental laws due to coronavirus

    03/27/2020 3:11:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26 2020 | David Aaro
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suspended its enforcement of a variety of environmental laws on Thursday, saying that industries could have trouble complying with them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agency added that it won't expect "to seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations." "EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated facilities to meet all federal regulatory requirements," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "This temporary policy is designed to provide enforcement discretion...
  • Trump agencies steadily push rollbacks as pandemic rages

    03/24/2020 1:11:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 24, 2020 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Trump administration is rejecting appeals to slow its deregulatory drive while Americans grapple with the coronavirus, pushing major public health and environmental rollbacks closer to enactment in recent days despite the pandemic. As Americans stockpiled food and medicine and retreated indoors and businesses shuttered in hopes of riding out COVID-19, federal agencies in recent days moved forward on rollbacks that included a widely opposed deregulatory action by the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed rule would require disclosure of the raw data behind any scientific study used in the rulemaking process. That includes confidential medical records that opponents say could...
  • EPA Releases List Of Best Disinfectants To Use Against Coronavirus

    03/07/2020 9:34:53 AM PST · by blam · 83 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-7-2020 | Amy Furr
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a list Tuesday of qualified disinfectants to use for protection against the coronavirus. “The EPA-registered disinfectant products on our Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 list have qualified under EPA’s emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19,” the website stated. Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, which means they are among the easiest types to kill with the appropriate disinfectant, according to the EPA. There may be additional disinfectants that meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. EPA will update this list with additional products as needed,” the agency stated....
  • BILL NYE CONCERNED BY REPORTED NEW EPA CHIEF OF STAFF PICK, SAYS SHE HAS TWO YOUNG KIDS THAT WILL 'INHERIT THIS EARTH'

    02/19/2020 2:17:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 2/18/20 | ARISTOS GEORGIOU
    **SNIP** "Historic resistance from Democrats, the media and even some Republicans has made your accomplishments even more monumental," Gunasekara wrote. "I am increasingly concerned with the rhetoric from the far-left supportive of Venezuelan-style socialism, government take-overs and crony 'green new deals' that do little for the environment and threaten our economic success." **SNIP** Appearing on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Nye said Gunasekara's environmental policies were "striking" given that she and her husband have two young kids who will "inherit the Earth." He noted that these children are going to have to interact with their mother, who has been a...