Trump EPA invited companies to revise pollution records of carcinogen

After ethylene oxide was shown to be 30 times more carcinogenic than previously thought, polluters began rewriting their toxic history — with the EPA’s help.
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One chemical plant emits a super-pollutant that does more climate damage than every car in the city

A chemical plant in Louisville that makes a raw material for everything from Teflon to lubricants used on the International Space Station also appears to do more damage to the climate than all of this city's passenger vehicles.


In fight against PFAS, some say Trump’s EPA fell short

Environmentalists dispute glowing 11th hour statements from Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency on successes in fight against PFAS.

Memphis treasure: Rita Harris

A Memphis pioneer of the environmental justice movement.

Meat Atlas: It′s time to rethink what we eat

Meat has become cheap to buy in the supermarket. But that comes at a cost to the environment and human health.

Louisiana: Judge tosses lawsuit over permit for $9.4 billion Formosa plastic complex

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the wetlands permit for the $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics complex proposed in St. James Parish.

EPA reaches settlement with Koppers Inc. over West Virginia and PA facilities

A Pittsburgh-based chemical and materials company has agreed to pay nearly $1 million for failing to follow state and federal laws for preventing and responding to oil spills, under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Communities suffering from pollution demand justice

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the corrosive legacy of environmental racism in the United States.

A small federal agency focused on preventing industrial disasters is on life support. Trump wants it gone

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is without enough voting members, and its investigations are stuck in limbo.

John Hans Gilderbloom, Gregory D. Squires: When pollution and poverty meet coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 into communities long suffering from environmental inequities could spell disaster for local residents, like in Louisville, Kentucky.


Revealed: Monsanto predicted crop system would damage US farms

Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF were aware for years that their plan to introduce a new agricultural seed and chemical system would probably lead to damage on many US farms, internal documents show.

This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it?

The Kehoe paradigm assumes a lack of risk unless proven otherwise. Here's why that's a problem, and how people are working to find a better way.

Market headwinds buffet Appalachia's future as a center for petrochemicals

A proposed $5.7 billion ethane plant in Belmont County, Ohio, was seen as a likely casualty even before coronavirus cratered oil prices and collapsed the economy.

In 2020, ag community has 'to prove to society' it can safely spray dicamba

This fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether the benefits of having the herbicide available to farmers for combatting weed resistance issues outweighs the harm to farmers and the environment.


Experts warn EPA making 'secret science' rule more restrictive

The Environmental Protection Agency's latest rewrite of its science transparency rule may be even more restrictive than the last one, scientists say.

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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

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Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

Food dyes linked to attention and activity problems in children

"Most consumers have no idea that something that is allowed in the food supply by the FDA could trigger adverse behaviors."

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Biden takes a run at America's glaring environmental problems. Can he succeed?

President Biden counts on a tenuous Congressional majority to dramatically alter environmental policy.

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