The EPA wanted to clean up toxic soil in Alabama. Why did a lobbyist, a lawyer and a legislator try to stop them?

The EPA wanted to remove toxic waste from a Birmingham neighborhood, which would have cost tens of millions of dollars. The state’s influence machine kicked into high gear.
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Trump EPA official who fought coal cleanup arrested on criminal ethics charges

Trey Glenn denied the charges in a statement provided through a lawyer. The EPA refused to comment.

Dark money paid new Trump Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s salary for 3 years

Today, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that Matthew G. Whitaker, who served as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, would replace his boss. Sessions was forced from office a day after the midterm elections, which were rough for climate and anti-fracking measures around the
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Weekend Reader, Sunday March 11

Did somebody say "Drain the Swamp?"

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Jeff Sessions has a huge conflict of interest in a Federal bribery case—and it keeps getting worse

Documents show he was deeply involved in an effort to derail an environmental cleanup at the heart of the case.

Trump DOJ passes on perjury prosecution of ex-chairman

More than a month after Jeff Sessions was sworn in as attorney general, the Department of Justice declined to bring charges against the Obama-era head of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board for allegedly lying to Congress, according to a report obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act.


In Alabama, a cleanup unearths toxics—and scandal

Federal prosecutors say that effort also uncovered something else: a scheme to save polluters millions by putting the neighborhood's representative in Montgomery on their payroll.

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We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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