Opponents decry Scott Pruitt’s plan to roll back groundwater protections at coal ash sites

Residents have not been clamoring for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to weaken the nation’s coal ash waste rules. No local communities have stood up and said they want less protection from coal ash. And yet Pruitt — at the behest of coal-fired power plant owners — proposed changes in early March to an Obama-era rule that would allow power plant … [Read more...]

Trump’s plan to slash EPA, clean energy funding gets the cold shoulder from Congress

Lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September. The legislation, packaged in a 2,232-page document, still needs to pass both chambers of Congress and get President Trump’s signature before Friday at midnight in order to prevent a government shutdown. The spending bill generally keeps funding for environmental and … [Read more...]

Senator exposes the hypocrisy of ‘so-called climate caucus’ members

Climate activists aren’t the only ones waiting for members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus to propose meaningful climate change legislation. A senator, who has become a prominent climate action advocate, is taking the caucus to task for failing to bring Democrats and Republicans together to craft significant climate legislation. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), speaking … [Read more...]

Kentucky lawmaker borrows analogy from Koch-funded group to gain support for anti-solar bill

A Kentucky state lawmaker borrowed from a Koch-funded group’s playbook in a recent speech arguing against renewable energy. Delivering a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives last week Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch (R) hoped to garner support for legislation, backed by the state’s large electric utility monopolies, that would drastically slow growth in the state’s … [Read more...]

With Senate rejection a near certainty, Trump nominee to head EPA chemical safety office withdraws

Michael Dourson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, withdrew his name from consideration late Wednesday, after key senators made it clear he could not win confirmation. Environmental and public health advocates welcomed the news. But they also called on Dourson to step down from his current post … [Read more...]

Trump administration exceeding the energy industry’s wildest dreams

Throughout Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and after his election victory, lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry felt confident the new president would be on their side. Given his penchant for unpredictability, though, industry officials still needed to see the new president in action before they gave him their official seal of approval. So far, Trump is passing with flying colors. The … [Read more...]

Senators question whether family of Trump’s NOAA nominee would profit off his new position

If confirmed, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Barry Lee Myers, pledged to separate himself from AccuWeather, a company where Myers has worked as chief executive since 2007. At his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, Myers said he will sell his ownership interests in AccuWeather and any related companies. He even pledged … [Read more...]

Scott Pruitt is leaving a toxic trail at EPA after only 6 months on the job

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was sworn into office only six months ago but is already attracting widespread scrutiny for alleged misuse of agency funds, potential violation of a lobbying law, and holding secret meetings with officials from the industries his agency is tasked with regulating. Upon arrival at the agency, the new EPA administrator pledged a … [Read more...]

Watchdog group sues Utah AG for emails showing relationship with fossil fuel boosters

The group has similar lawsuit pending against Scott Pruitt in Oklahoma.Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has a reputation for blocking public access to agency records. CREDIT: AP Photo/Lenny IgnelziA national watchdog group is suing the Utah attorney general’s office, alleging it is refusing to hand over public information showing its dealings with organizations that allegedly have received … [Read more...]

House votes to undo pesticide protections for nation’s waterways

Opponents say Republican-led bill takes away the public’s right to know about pesticides.Pesticides and other pollutants that run off into waterways are killing salmon in Seattle’s Longfellow Creek. CREDIT: AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonThe U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bill that dismantles a pesticide permitting system. Opponents are calling the Republican-led legislation the … [Read more...]