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This EPA mapping tool could reshape environmental justice

EJSCREEN, a wonky, mostly unknown EPA mapping tool, has drawn the attention of the Biden administration, which has promised to bolster its data in a way that could help environmental lawyers and community activists build stronger cases against oil and gas infrastructure, power plants, and other industrial facilities in minority and low-income neighborhoods.
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Climate

Fringe weatherman advised Abbott before deadly Texas storm

The move has raised questions among some scientists as to why Abbott consulted with an outside meteorologist - particularly one with inaccurate climate views - when Abbott had the option of touching base with weather experts in the government.

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Climate

House Republicans huddle quietly to plot climate strategy

Roughly two dozen House Republicans met privately in Utah last weekend to try to find ways to "reclaim the narrative" from Democrats on combating climate change and promoting conservation.
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Climate

Postal Service sidetracks Biden EV plan

The U.S. Postal Service yesterday made a $482 million decision to replace its aging truck fleet with a mix of fossil-fuel and electric vehicles, falling short of President Biden's goal of electrifying the federal vehicle fleet.
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Justice

Texas grid crisis exposes environmental justice rifts

While the height of Texas' blackouts left more than 4 million homes and businesses without power, some experts say low-income areas and communities of color bore the brunt of much of the crisis.
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Climate

Meet Biden's climate personnel adviser

Jeff Marootian spent the Trump years helping to shape one of the most aggressive state-level plans to address transportation and its climate footprint. Now, to the delight of climate activists, the former Washington official will be doing similar work for President Biden.

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Toxics

Firefighters' Catch-22: Protective gear full of carcinogens

Firefighters are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals in the very clothing and gear that is meant to protect them, a paradox that stems from standards set under industry influence.
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Climate

Committee set to become energy, environment battleground

The Senate Democratic takeover and several retirements will make the Appropriations panel fertile ground for some of the sharpest debates over President Biden's energy and environmental agenda.
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Toxics

D.C. Circuit 'legend' creates major opening for Biden pick

Judge David Tatel, who served on the nation's most prominent appeals court for 27 years and had a hand in many major environmental cases, is stepping aside.
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Climate

Gina Raimondo nomination rekindles fish vs. turbine fight

President Biden chose a champion of offshore wind to lead an agency that can uncork a stream of renewable energy projects in the ocean. That unsettles the fishing industry.
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Climate

Can Biden transmission order avoid state backlash?

President Biden's order last month directed federal agencies to examine ways to accelerate transmission, which is considered critical for renewables. But a greater federal role could create conflict with states, analysts say.
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Climate

Gina McCarthy: Expect more climate executive orders

The former EPA administrator was circumspect about when executive orders might come or what they might entail. But she hinted that Biden isn't done - even after he launched his presidency with a raft of climate-related orders and actions.

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Toxics

Pruitt: Trump asked, 'Should we shut down the agency?'

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt delved into his legacy at his official portrait unveiling last month and recalled discouraging Donald Trump, then the president-elect, from shutting down the agency.
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Climate

Federal fine print could trip Biden's bold energy plan

President Biden's plan to reach 100% clean power by 2035 hinges in part on the federal government purchasing large amounts of renewables and electric vehicles. Will that work?
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Justice

'What nightmares are made of.' Hackers hit Florida water supply

An extraordinary cyberattack on a water treatment facility in Florida--the first documented attempt to hack into and contaminate a U.S. community's water supply--raises questions around critical infrastructure security as water and energy utilities move to digitize their operations.

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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

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