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EPA’s New Water Rule a Mockery of Science and the Clean Water Act

“With the Environmental Protection Agency’s own data showing that nearly half of our rivers and streams and a third of our wetlands are in “poor biological condition,” and with millions of Americans exposed to unsafe chemicals in water systems, this is a bad time to make a mockery of the Clean Water Act. But that...
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Arizona BLM Has Known About Lead Problems at Table Mesa for a Decade, OIG Says

“Leaders at the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona knew for years that recreational shooting sites north of Phoenix contained high levels of lead, but they failed to warn the public and their own employees, according to a federal investigation. Nor has the agency cleaned up the contamination, despite the potential threats to humans, including...
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‘This Will Be the Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the Country Has Ever Seen’: Trump Finalizes Clean Water Rule Replacement

“Today, the Trump administration will finalize its replacement for the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in a move that will strip protections from more than half of the nation’s wetlands and allow landowners to dump pesticides into waterways, or build over wetlands, for the first time in decades.” Read the PEER Story…
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EPA Finalizes Clean Water Rollback Amid Science Challenges

“The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a rule that significantly reduces the federal government’s role in regulating waterways, fulfilling a campaign promise to farmers and energy interests and handing a win to conservatives who have pushed for changes to the Clean Water Act regulations. The rule, which redefines what constitutes ‘waters of the United States,’...
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SpaceX’s License to Launch Hundreds of Internet Satellites May Have Violated the Law, Experts Say. Astronomers Could Sue the FCC.

“A federal agency may have violated the law when it licensed SpaceX to launch thousands of satellites, according to a forthcoming paper. That raises the possibility that disgruntled astronomers could sue. ‘If there are lots and lots of bright moving objects in the sky, it tremendously complicates our job,’ astronomer James Lowenthal told the New...
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Career Employees Allege EPA Leaders Silenced Them on Key Deregulation Effort

“The Environmental Protection Agency suppressed the work of its career employees and dismissed legitimate science in taking a key deregulatory action, dozens of former and current employees have alleged. The employees are asking investigators to discipline the top officials responsible. The complaint, issued by the nonprofit advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, concerned orders...
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Daily on Energy: Trump Tries out New Climate Line of Attack

“TRUMP TRIES OUT NEW CLIMATE LINE OF ATTACK: President Trump on government-centric plans to combat climate change Tuesday: ‘Fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism and action,’ Trump said in his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ‘But...
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Trump Hails WOTUS Overhaul as Critics Call for Investigation

“President Trump yesterday touted his repeal of key Clean Water Act regulations as more than three dozen current and former government officials called for an investigation into the scientific basis of his forthcoming replacement rule. The Obama-era rule was meant to clarify which water bodies are and aren’t covered by the federal law. In addition...
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Trump’s EPA Is Said to Cut Scientists out of New Water Policy That Threatens New England Wetlands

“With the Trump administration poised to roll back key protections for much of the nation’s wetlands, scientists at the US Environmental Protection Agency are accusing the agency’s political appointees of ignoring their advice and barring them from shaping sweeping new guidelines, violating the agency’s longstanding policies. One scientist was so distraught that the agency veteran...
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