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Biden EPA Delays Trump-Era Lead and Copper Rule Again

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2021­ – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today pushed back the effective date for implementation of the Trump Administration’s federal drinking water regulation, the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions, until December 2021. The much-ballyhooed Trump-era Rule, which left millions of people exposed to toxic lead in drinking water, in many cases for another 33 years or more, […]

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EPA Withdraws Trump-era Permit for Virgin Islands Oil Refinery

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2021— The Environmental Protection Agency today withdrew a federal permit for the controversial Limetree Bay refinery on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. The following is a statement from Jennifer Valiulis, Executive Director, St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA): “We are grateful to the Biden/Harris administration and the EPA for this significant first […]

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Mitchell Bernard: The Case for Impeachment

February 8, 2021 – On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate steps away from the business of legislating to focus on defending American democracy, and senators become judge and jury in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.  The House has voted to impeach Trump for inciting the deadly January 6 insurrection that sacked the U.S. Capitol, set the Congress […]

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Gina McCarthy: Setting the EPA Back on Track

November 30, 2020 – By a margin of more than 6.2 million votes, Americans elected Joe Biden president, largely on his promise to help unite the country and restore the public’s faith in our democracy. It’s a tall order, but he can make a good start on both by setting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back […]

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Like a Zombie, Reckless Pebble Mine Terrorizes Bristol Bay

July 14, 2020 – Widely considered dead, a massive mining scheme proposed for Bristol Bay headwaters by underfunded Canadian company is likely to be permitted this summer by Army Corps of Engineers despite unsolved technical, financial, and environmental flaws, deep opposition in Alaska, and blatant racial and social injustice. “You mean the Pebble Mine isn’t […]

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Amid National Emergency, Trump to Strip Ocean Protections

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2020 – President Trump is expected to issue an executive order this afternoon to strip essential protections from a highly protected ocean area — the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument — by lifting all restrictions on commercial fishing. Designated in 2016, it is the only monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Brad Sewell, […]

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Detroit Residents Face Water Shut-offs, But Indebted Coke & Pepsi’s Taps Never Run Dry

WASHINGTON. April 23, 2020 ­– An exposé of Detroit’s unequal application of its water shutoffs policy is strengthening the call for Congress to enact a national moratorium on water shutoffs. According to a Consumer Reports (CR) story published today, Detroit allows bottling companies Coke and Pepsi to amass tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid water bills but […]

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Joel Reynolds: Pebble Mine: The Industry’s Burden of Irresponsible Mining

July 8, 2019 – Former Rio Tinto mine permitting expert calls Army Corps of Engineers environmental review of embattled Bristol Bay mine “fatally flawed,” citing numerous “omissions, deficiencies and errors” and failure to meet “standard industry practice.” Don’t let anyone tell you that opposition to the reckless Pebble Mine is anti-mining or anti-copper. Society needs […]

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Franz Matzner: Arctic Drilling: Folly Wrapped in Rhetoric

Oct. 26, 2018 – Secretary Zinke this week—with great fanfare—approved a drilling operation in Arctic waters just off the coast of Alaska in the Beaufort sea. This is, no doubt, a troubling development. The Arctic is no place for oil and gas drilling, and this site is not far from one of America’s last wild […]

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Supreme Court Whiffs on Climate Change Fight

WASHINGTON, Oct 9, 2018 — The Supreme Court today let stand a lower court ruling that allows the continued use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a powerful class of climate-damaging chemicals, in millions of consumer products ranging from air conditioners to aerosol sprays. The following is a statement by David Doniger, an attorney and Senior Strategic Director […]

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Rhea Suh: Trump’s Budget Is a Blueprint for Destruction

February 15, 2018 – It may sound like green eyeshades stuff, but the massive budget proposal the White House sends up to Congress each February is a kind of road map to our future. It’s the president’s plan for spending taxpayer dollars to advance his priorities and goals. President Trump’s proposal landed with a thud Monday […]