DOE urged to weigh environmental inequity from U.S. ethane boom

Efforts to expand production and exports of ethane—a natural gas byproduct used to make plastics—were criticized by groups that told the Department of Energy Tuesday that any job gains wouldn’t benefit regions bearing the brunt of environmental damage.
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Legal gaps leave fracking a radioactive mess

Oil and gas production including fracking can produce radioactive waste with risks to human health, say Bemnet Alemayehu and Amy Mall of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Farmer who lost all to PFAS inspires law to get day in court

A new law in Maine clarifying that legal cases alleging damage or injury from PFAS can be filed up to six years after the harm was or could reasonably have been discovered may have ramifications outside the state, attorneys said.

New York lawmakers move to ban pesticides at summer camps

New York would be the first in the nation to ban the use of pesticides at children's summer camps under legislation passed by state lawmakers last week.

EPA concerns spur suspension of Chicago recycling plant permit

A contested metal shredding plant slated for Chicago’s Southeast Side is now on hold after EPA Administrator Michael Regan cited “significant civil rights concerns” in a letter to the mayor.

EPA justice shift may boost enforcement in polluted communities

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is pushing to make environmental justice a top priority at the agency by directing changes that could spur stiffer enforcement of pollution violations in disadvantaged communities near highways, factories and refineries.
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Industries urged to weigh in on global plastics restrictions

Companies that make, use, dispose, and recycle plastics must participate in international efforts to restrict plastic waste and chemicals used to make plastic, because the policies will affect how they do business, industry officials say.

Water plant cyberattack is wakeup call, 20 years in the making

A cyberattack on a Florida water treatment plant underscores the need for strong security protections at the municipal level, attorneys and industry professionals say.

Kids climate litigants push high court fight some call reckless

The young plaintiffs behind an ambitious climate lawsuit are taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite warnings from environmental lawyers that the attempt could backfire.

DuPont, Chemours in $4 billion ‘Forever Chemicals’ cost pact

DuPont de Nemours Inc. and Chemours Co. agreed to a $4 billion settlement of a dispute over environmental liabilities shifted to Chemours after it was spun off in 2015.

Biden plans 10 days of action on four ‘overlapping’ crises

President-elect Joe Biden plans an early blitz of executive action to reverse some of President Donald Trump’s most contentious policies and address the coronavirus pandemic, according to an outline of Biden’s first 10 days in office.

Biden to emphasize chemical concerns of ‘frontline’ communities

President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will pay more attention than the Trump administration to the concerns of people with higher-than-average chemical exposures as it decides whether those chemicals should be regulated, attorneys said.

Parents sue chlorpyrifos makers Corteva, Dow over child’s autism

The farmworker parents of a girl with autism, obesity, and vision problems are suing Dow Chemical Co., Corteva, a California town, and two pesticide application companies, claiming that exposure to the powerful insecticide chlorpyrifos led to her significant health problems.

EPA lets two toxic chemicals fall into regulatory ‘black hole’

The EPA has failed to regulate or review two fragrance ingredients considered to be among the most hazardous chemicals in production—and among those Congress directed the agency to address faster than any others.

NY State to enforce plastic bag ban starting in October

New York will start enforcing its ban on single-use plastic bags starting Oct. 19, following a court ruling on the issue, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday.
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