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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency launched a major effort to reduce mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants – standards that could avert up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 childhood asthma attacks each year. At the behest of the coal industry, a coalition of coal-producing states sued to stop the rules.

Friday, January 6, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump has pledged that providing “crystal clear, clean water” to all Americans will be a top priority of his administration. To make good on his promise, he should adopt the recommendations of from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Friday, January 6, 2017

With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration coming in just two weeks, the final touches of the transition are being put in place. The Agriculture Secretary remains one of the very few slots left to be filled – with much hubbub around whom it may be.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has appointed billionaire investor Carl Icahn as his special adviser on regulatory reform.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A new rule by the Obama administration will require coal mining corporations to take additional steps to protect drinking water sources and nearby forests from being polluted and damaged during mountain top removal and other operations.

Friday, December 16, 2016

With this week’s nomination of ExxonMobil and Dow Chemical executives for top Trump administration posts, and the former governor of Texas, Rick Perry, tapped to lead the energy department, it’s becoming clearer by the day that oil and chemical interests will play a major role in Washington over the next four years.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

With its back up against the wall, U.S. agribusiness is making a last-ditch effort to keep its grip on a pesticide used on fruits and veggies, which is so nasty even the smallest amounts lower kids’ IQs, cause arm tremors in children, and physically adjust parts of the brain that control language, memory, behavior and emotion.

Friday, December 9, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s posture and plans for the nation’s environmental and public health laws took their most ominous turn yet with the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Here are several of this week’s deep-dives into the looming policies we could see under Trump and Pruitt, should the latter be confirmed by the Senate.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The nomination, which must be approved by the  Senate, brings real concerns about the future of the nation’s public health protection laws, including those in place to reduce pollution in Americans’ air, land and water.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is skeptical about climate change. But if he's wrong and scientists are right, his Mar-a-Lago mansion and golf resort in Palm Beach, Fla., and other properties bearing his name in the Sunshine State and elsewhere are threatened by global warming-driven rising sea levels.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

One of the leading candidates for Secretary of Agriculture says bringing deep-fat fryers back to our schools isn’t about french fries.

It’s about freedom.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

During a sit-down Tuesday with top brass from The New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump told the assembled journalists, columnists and editors that “clean air and ‘crystal clear water’ were vitally important,” the paper reported.

Monday, November 21, 2016

During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to residents of Flint, Mich., that the lead crisis that poisoned their drinking water “would have never happened if I were president.”

Saturday, November 19, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is one of the most outspoken critics of environmental science and biggest climate change skeptics in Washington.

Friday, November 18, 2016

When Sid Miller took office as Texas’ Agriculture Commissioner last year, his first action was to “grant amnesty” to cupcakes and other sweets sold in his state’s schools.


Friday, November 18, 2016

At EWG we’re fans of swamps.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

No natural resource or law protecting our environmental health is immune from the menacing promises hurled on the American people by President-elect Donald Trump and his team.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A week before the election, Reuters reported that new cars are more fuel efficient than ever:

You might think carmakers would welcome this news of progress toward cutting the fuel emissions that drive climate change. But the day after the prospects of an Environmental Protection Agency weak on fuel economy cheered them for the opposite reason.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Our next president thinks asbestos – a carcinogen that kills up to 15,000 Americans a year, with no safe level of exposure – "got a bum rap."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Myron Ebell, head of President-elect Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency transition team, is a notorious denier of global warming whose biography unashamedly notes that activists consider him a "climate criminal."


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