Pruitt in talks with coal company for his next job

It’s been almost 10 weeks since the Environmental Protection Agency’s scandal-ridden former administrator Scott Pruitt left his job. At the time there was no word of what his next move would be, and he has remained relatively under the radar, until now. As the New…

Proposed Trump methane rule rollback would be a huge blow to human health and the environment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is eyeing a rollback of Obama-era methane regulations aimed at forcing fossil fuel companies to monitor and repair dangerous leaks. That EPA decision is likely to have long-term implications for both human health and the environment, with outsized ramifications for…

Fed up with new direction under Trump, EPA staffers exit the agency

A mass exodus of workers is depleting the ranks of the Environmental Protection Agency, shrinking the federal office tasked with safeguarding America’s natural resources to its smallest size in decades, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. Since President Trump has taken office, 1,600 EPA employees have…

A ‘jaw-dropping’ 15 million super-environmentalists don’t vote in the midterms

The most important environmental effort you’ve probably never heard of — the Environmental Voter Project (EVP) — doesn’t talk about the environment much, if ever. But that’s because talking about the environment isn’t the solution to perhaps the biggest solvable problem the environmental movement has:…

Toxic Algae Blooms Become Political Issue In Florida

–After Florida Governor Rick Scott cut $700 million from environmental regulators during his tenure, he has just been forced to declare a state of emergency to combat a toxic algae bloom https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/gop-governor-declares-state-emergency-over-algae-pollution-after-cutting-700 “-Become a Member: https://www.davidpakman.com/membership -Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/davidpakmanshow -Follow David on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dpakman…

Wisconsin residents hold crowdfunding campaign to buy air monitors for dangerous coal dust

A Wisconsin environmental group held a crowdfunding campaign this summer to purchase air monitors that can measure the level of coal dust in a community near a large coal-fired power generating site, located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Clean Power Coalition of Southeast…

EPA internal watchdog will audit the agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog announced Friday that it will review the agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy, which is meant to “ensure scientific integrity … and promote scientific and ethical standards.” The EPA’s Office of Inspector General  (OIG) issued a notice stating that it…

Environmental law experts find major legal flaws in Trump’s replacement for Clean Power Plan

Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants are already gearing up for a legal fight against the Trump administration. Clean air law experts believe the EPA’s new plan, dubbed the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, is…

Virginia regulator won’t revoke pipelines’ water permits despite major environmental violations

A Virginia regulatory panel declined calls from environmental groups and landowners to reconsider important water-quality permits for two natural gas pipelines despite major environmental violations committed by the developers of the multi-billion-dollar projects. The Virginia State Water Control Board met Tuesday in Richmond to consider public…

Environmental groups warn of Brett Kavanaugh’s partiality to corporate polluters’ well-being

Environmental and public health groups are convinced that it’s almost impossible to overstate how bad Brett Kavanaugh would be for the environment if he gets confirmed to the Supreme Court. Among the many judges who sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District…