Pollution

"Feds Weigh Protections For Tiny Snail Near Massive Lithium Mine"

"The Fish and Wildlife Service has launched an in-depth study of whether a teensy-tiny snail that inhabits springs in a small slice of lithium-rich Nevada desert should enjoy federal protections under the Endangered Species Act."

Source: E&E News, 02/09/2024

EPA Reports “Widespread Noncompliance” With Regulations on Toxic Coal Ash

"A glaring loophole already had allowed at least a half-billion tons of the waste to go unregulated. Now the agency says many of the facilities that are subject to the rules do not comply."

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/09/2024

13 Blue States Say EPA Should Strengthen Proposal To Remove Lead Pipes

"Attorneys general from 13 Democrat-led states and Washington, D.C., are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen a proposal that seeks to limit Americans’ exposure to lead service lines."

Source: The Hill, 02/08/2024

Court Bans Three Weedkillers And Finds EPA Broke Law In Approval Process

"Dealing a blow to three of the world’s biggest agrochemical companies, a US court this week banned three weedkillers widely used in American agriculture, finding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law in allowing them to be on the market."

Source: Guardian, 02/08/2024

"Biden Administration Toughens Limits on Deadly Air Pollution"

"The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday tightened limits on fine industrial particles, one of the most common and deadliest forms of air pollution, for the first time in a decade." "The E.P.A. says the new rule will prevent 4,500 premature deaths annually. Industry leaders are expected to challenge the regulation, saying it will harm the economy."

Source: NYTimes, 02/08/2024

"‘Symbol Of Polarisation’: EU Scraps Plans To Halve Use Of Pesticides"

"The European Commission is shelving plans to cut pesticide use and is taking the pressure off agriculture in its latest emissions recommendations, as farmers around Europe continue protests demanding higher prices for their products and an easing of EU environment rules."

Source: Guardian, 02/07/2024

The Industry ‘Scandal’ That Might Upend How America Builds Houses

"Fossil fuel companies are trying to strip a series of climate-friendly measures out of the latest round of model building codes used to regulate construction virtually everywhere in the United States."

Source: HuffPost, 02/07/2024

"EPA Proposes To Enable States To Require ‘Forever Chemical’ Cleanup"

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to designate nine toxic “forever chemicals” as “hazardous constituents” under the nation’s law for cleaning up ongoing pollution, in a move that would enable states to require cleanups if the substances are released."

Source: The Hill, 02/06/2024

"Biden Confronts Unfinished Business With Ohio Train Wreck"

"Stalled efforts to reform the nation’s rail safety and chemical oversight as well as lingering toxic exposure concerns will loom over President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to the Ohio town devastated by last year’s train wreck."

Source: E&E News, 02/06/2024

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