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Texas plants released nearly as much pollution during winter storm as during Hurricane Laura

Oil refineries, chemical manufacturers and petrochemical plants across Texas - mostly in the upper Gulf Coast - warned state regulators that they may have released millions of pounds of pollutants and greenhouse gases into the air due to last week's winter storm.

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‘Climate change’ is back, 'illegal alien' is out. New administration changes language of government

“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.
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Officials issue 'last call' to submit samples to test for contamination from lead smelter in Pueblo

The Colorado Smelter ceased operations in 1908, but its lasting impact has not been overlooked by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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EPA conducting five-year review of Superfund site in East Chicago

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun its first cleanup evaluation of the USS Lead Superfund site, a review typically done every five years so long as contaminants remain on site.
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How to rebuild the EPA after Trump trashed it

Facing low morale and staff exodus after four years of an undermined mission, new EPA administrator nominee Michael Regan will have to act quickly to restore the agency and start acting on climate change and environmental justice.
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NYT Editorial:  The task ahead for Biden on climate

The new president has shown a welcome interest in combating climate change. But more will need to be done.
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EPA nominee Regan touts collaboration during Senate confirmation hearing

North Carolina’s top environmental regulator would seek “common ground” if confirmed in the federal role.
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Sen. Duckworth wants EPA to install metal emission monitors at Sauget incinerator

The Illinois senator wants to know how much arsenic, cadmium, lead and other metals the plant puts into the air.
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Legal case against Lee PCB dump to be filed by March 5

The legal fight against a secretly negotiated Housatonic River cleanup, one that includes disposal of lower-level toxins in a Lee landfill, will be spelled out by early March,

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At Biden’s request, Montana judge vacates Trump EPA’s ‘secret science’ rule

A federal judge on Monday vacated the Trump administration rule limiting which scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency can use in crafting public health protections, overturning one of the Trump administration's last major rollbacks.

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A consensus builder for EPA when some want a fighter

President Biden's pick to lead the E.P.A. knows how to reach out to Republicans, but in a polarized Washington, some worry he doesn't know how to fight them.
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Texas plans to test for lead in schools’ drinking water for the first time

An updated EPA rule requires drinking water in elementary schools be tested for lead and copper — a mandate that emerged from the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
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G.M. announcement shakes up U.S. automakers’ transition to electric cars

Every carmaker is trying to figure out how to make the leap before governments force it and Tesla and other start-ups lure away drivers.
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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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