With only a week left in Trump’s Presidency, a last-ditch effort to block climate action and eny the science

President Donald Trump’s appointees took their final shots at staving off future climate action this week, even as his presidency careered to an inglorious end with a second impeachment. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday finalized a surprise measure to bar future greenhouse gas regulation at oil refineries, manufacturing plants or other facilities beyond coal-fired […]
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Will 2021 be the year for environmental justice legislation?

They want Trump's rollbacks rescinded and renewed emphasis on justice and equity via enforcement of federal law, from the Clean Air Act to FEMA recovery aid.

EPA: Trump leaves murky Superfund legacy

Environmental advocates have largely been critical of President Trump, but some still offer praise for the Trump EPA's attention to toxic sites.

Trump’s EPA team overrules career scientists on toxic chemical

Changes to the safety assessment for a major cause of water pollution are the administration's latest “landmine” for Joe Biden's incoming appointees, one Democratic aide said.

Trump's EPA chief hopes Biden doesn't focus solely on climate change

Wheeler wants his successor to “build off” his work. Biden is pledging to reverse many of his most significant policies.

EPA disputes ‘alternative approach’ that OK’d huge oilfield

The Bureau of Land Management improperly used an "alternative approach" to predicting air pollution from a 5,000-well oilfield, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said as it joined a chorus of critics blasting approval of the Delaware-sized development near Douglas.

Public housing and Superfund: A toxic legacy

More than 9,000 public housing properties are within a mile of a federal Superfund site.

EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule that would allow future greenhouse gas limits only on power plants, sidestepping oversight over the oil and gas industry, iron and steel manufacturers and other polluting industries.

Senate Democrats eye quick repeal of Trump rules

The impending power shift in the Senate means Congress will once again turn to the Congressional Review Act to scrap a bevy of regulations.

Alcosan proposing new building and parking garage at its Wood Run complex

The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority will be constructing an office and lab building and a 461-space parking garage at its Woods Run plant as part of a $2 billion plus Clean Water Plan.

Pittsburgh to agree to new federal sewer system rules

EPA consent agreement sets deadlines for city to enact management improvements for its separate sewer system.

Years after Flint water crisis, lead lingers in school buildings

In its 2021 budget, Congress included millions for lead testing in schools, where children are still exposed to the toxic metal.

EPA: Wheeler unveils final rule to limit agency's use of science

The Trump administration, during its last days in power, fired another shot in its war on regulations and science-based policies, rewriting the rules on the use of scientific research at EPA.

EPA unveils controversial rule that could suppress key research

Some scientific findings about how pollution impacts human health may take a less prominent role when the Environmental Protection Agency develops pollution limits under a new policy.

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A first-of-its kind study aims to tease out the link between pollution and cancer in children.

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LISTEN: Dana Williamson on bringing communities to the forefront of environmental justice research

"There needs to be more intentionality around working with communities that are experiencing environmental inequities."

Unplugged: Abandoned oil and gas wells leave the ocean floor spewing methane

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