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Report: 20 Major Oil & Gas Plants Proposed in Flood Zones, Despite Risks from Sea-level Rise Caused by Climate Change

Washington, D.C.  July 21, 2022— Greenhouse gases are driving profound changes to the Earth’s climate, contributing to record-breaking heat waves and droughts,  millions of acres of wildfires, and widespread flooding from sea-level rise, among many other problems. In the face of this crisis, some industry advocates have tried to position natural gas as a “bridge fuel” […]

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Two Former Top EPA Officials Support Lawsuit Against Trump EPA’s Relaxed Enforcement Policy During Coronavirus Crisis

Washington, D.C. May 6, 2020— The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) today filed a court brief on behalf of two former high-ranking EPA officials in support of an April 1 lawsuit by environmental groups against the Trump Administration EPA over its relaxed environmental enforcement policy during the coronavirus pandemic. EIP filed the “friend of the court” (or amici curiae) brief […]

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New EPA Data Shows 10 Oil Refineries Releasing Excessive Amounts of Cancer-Causing Benzene

Washington, D.C. February 6, 2020 – EPA air monitoring data at the fencelines of oil refineries, available for the first time in 2019, showed that 10 refineries across the U.S. were releasing cancer-causing benzene into nearby communities at concentrations above federal action levels. These refineries with excessive levels of benzene detected at their perimeters are […]

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Groups File Federal Lawsuit against Chemical Plant for Violating Hazardous Waste Laws

San Francisco, Dec. 19, 2019 – Three environmental groups today filed a federal lawsuit against a chemical plant northeast of San Francisco for serious violations of federal hazardous waste laws meant to control air pollution and protect workers and nearby residents from dangerous chemicals. The 1,000-acre Corteva Inc. plant (formerly owned by Dow Chemical Company), […]

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Public Interest Groups Sue EPA to Curb Slaughterhouse Pollution

Washington, D.C. December 18, 2019 – Twelve conservation and community groups, representing millions of people, today sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its decision not to update national standards restricting water pollution from slaughterhouses. EPA’s decision allows thousands of meat and poultry processing plants to continue using outdated pollution-control technology, leading to the contamination […]

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During a Time of Cutbacks at EPA, 30 States Also Slashed Funding for State Environmental Agencies

Washington D.C. December 5, 2019 – During a decade of cuts at EPA fueled by rhetoric that environmental responsibility should be shifted from the federal to state level, 30 states cut funding for their own environmental agencies and 40 reduced their staffing, according to a new study of state budget records. The nonpartisan Environmental Integrity […]

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Trump EPA Proposal to Restrict Use of Medical Research in Regulation Will Harm Public Health

Washington, D.C. Nov. 12, 2019 – The Trump Administration has drafted a new EPA proposal that requires all confidential medical information related to health studies used as the basis of federal pollution regulations be made public for industry groups and others to scrutinize, or the regulations will not be implemented. The draft of the rule, […]

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Almost 600 EPA Veterans Call for Investigation into Trump’s Political Abuse of Agency Authority

Washington, D.C. October 10, 2019 – Almost 600 former EPA officials sent a letter today to the U.S. House demanding an investigation into President Trump’s abuse of EPA authority by threatening California with enforcement actions while ignoring worse violations in other states. At least six states – Ohio, New York, Iowa, Missouri, Texas and Indiana […]

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Industry’s Delay in Plant Shutdowns Worsened Air Pollution During Hurricane Harvey

Houston, Aug. 16, 2018 — While petrochemical plants farther south on the Texas coast minimized their pollution by shutting down pre-emptively as Hurricane Harvey approached a year ago, industries in the Houston region waited more than three days after the governor’s August 23 disaster declaration before shutting down for safety reasons. Then, after the heavy […]

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Environmental Integrity Project Calls on Scott Pruitt to Immediately Resign

Washington, D.C. April 3, 2018 – In light of multiple, growing scandals over EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s mismanagement and misspending at the agency, Environmental Integrity Project Executive Director Eric Schaeffer called on Pruitt to step down or be fired. “Mr. Pruitt, please, give us a break and go home to Oklahoma.  You’ll save the taxpayers […]

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EPA’s Pruitt Lived in Apartment Co-Owned by Wife of Energy Lobbyist with Clients Regulated by EPA, including OK Gas & Electric

Washington, D.C. March 29, 2018 – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had been living in an apartment in Washington DC co-owned by the wife of an energy industry lobbyist whose firm represents clients regulated by EPA, including Oklahoma Gas & Electric, presenting a possible conflict of interest. ABC News reported today that Pruitt, the former Oklahoma […]

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EPA Releases Proposed Rule Requiring Natural Gas Processing Plants to Start Reporting Toxic Pollution

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 6, 2017 – In response to a petition by nineteen environmental and open-government groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released proposed regulations that will require natural gas processing plants to start publicly reporting the toxic chemicals they release. “Today’s proposal by EPA marks significant progress for public health, the environment, and […]

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Expired Permits, Poor Monitoring Undermine Rules for Toxic Water Pollution from Coal Plants

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 11, 2016 – New federal regulations to reduce toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants will be undermined by power plants that are badly behind in installing pollution control equipment, a staggering backlog of expired state permits, and weak monitoring, warns a report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). Coal plants are […]

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