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WMC sues DNR over remediation standards for 'forever chemicals'

The state's largest business lobbying group and an Oconomowoc leather-cleaning business are suing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over the agency's enforcement of hazardous chemical cleanup.

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The MPCA wants to change Minnesota’s water quality rules. Why, and why now?

The plan has the support of several industry groups, notably taconite mining, and some Minnesota cities. Many environmental groups and several tribal governments are lined up against it.

Wisconsin budget carves out place for addressing PFAS contamination

Gov. Tony Evers put items into his biennial budget addresses to further address contamination by PFAS and other "forever chemicals" in Wisconsin's water supplies.


La. Legislative Audit calls for improvements to air quality regulations

A January report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor said the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality must strengthen its monitoring of air quality regulations and enforce them in a timelier manner, as Louisiana still has the highest toxic air emissions per square mile of any state.

EPA nominee offers Congress a peek at plans for WOTUS

EPA administrator nominee Michael Regan yesterday appeared to somewhat ease Republican anxiety over the fate of President Trump's controversial rule that rolled back federal protections for streams and wetlands by vowing to listen to farmers at the center of the fight.

Gas ban backlash spreads across the U.S.

The gas ban push is fueling backlash from Arizona to Tennessee, stirring debate about costs and the impact on the grid. Which side is right?

Chicago passes ordinance to increase fines on air pollution

There's going to be a bigger bite from now on for large industrial facilities that break pollution laws in the Chicago.

Biden signals 'new direction' on regulations

President Biden has signaled he would take a bold approach to federal regulations - giving some hope to the progressive wing of his party.

Biden will fight climate change like no US president has before

Joe Biden is preparing to deal with climate change in a way no US president has done before—by mobilizing his entire administration to take on the challenge from every angle in a strategic, integrated way.

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.

Tougher NJ rules for power plants, trucks, boilers

New rules to curb global warming pollution from power plants, smaller commercial and industrial boilers, and to shift New Jersey's medium- and heavy-duty truck market from fossil fuels to zero-emission vehicles are being drafted by the state.

EPA finalizes first-ever airplane greenhouse gas regulations

EPA has released its first greenhouse gas emissions regulations for airplanes, a historic step after a decade of legal wrangling.


SoCal is losing its fight against smog. Things have to turn around in 2021

The EPA under the Trump administration largely abandoned its clean-air responsibilities; we hope the incoming Biden administration will recognize how much Southern California needs an ally in the effort to shift to a zero-emissions future.

Climate-change action is now moving ahead through states and companies

In the four years since the U.S. federal government last paid serious attention to climate change, the problem has become a top priority across states and corporations.

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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: 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 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.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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