Chemicals

"US EPA Reapproves Atrazine"

"After reviewing the risks of atrazine for more than 7 years, the US Environmental Protection Agency says the widely used herbicide can stay on the market with some new restrictions. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced this final decision on Sept. 18, during an event in Missouri attended by farm-group leaders and local lawmakers."

Source: C&EN, 09/22/2020

Scientists Take Closest Look Yet at Warming Impact of Aviation Emissions

"An international team of prominent scientists has published what they say is the most comprehensive study to date calculating the complex climate impact of aviation emissions, reaffirming that contrail clouds produce more warming than carbon dioxide."

Source: InsideClimate News, 09/21/2020

LNG Transport Proposal Flags Worries Over Rail Hazmat

A Trump administration push to allow trains to carry liquified natural gas raises larger concerns about allowing hazardous materials to be carried around the United States by rail, per the latest TipSheet. Get the latest on the LNG transport plan, along with the backstory about the risks of numerous other rail hazmat, plus story ideas and reporting resources.

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States, Groups Sue EPA, Claiming Failure To Enforce Bay Cleanup Plan

"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maryland sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, claiming the agency failed to enforce bay cleanup goals for New York and Pennsylvania."

Source: Capital Gazette, 09/11/2020

In Bipartisan Agreement, Senators Plan To Slash Use Of Greenhouse Gas

"In a rare show of defiance of the Trump administration, key Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Thursday in agreeing to phase out chemicals widely used in air conditioners and refrigeration that are warming the planet."

Source: Washington Post, 09/11/2020

"EPA Denies Pledge to ‘Cancer Alley’ Communities on Chemical Risks"

"U.S. Gulf Coast communities got no assurance from the EPA that the agency’s second round of chemical risk evaluations will examine whether the groups’ particularly high exposures put them at high risk for asthma, cancer, or other diseases."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 09/07/2020

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