Trump’s Executive Order Will Make America Flood Again (and Again and Again)

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By Kristy Dahl, Natural Resources Defense Council On August 15, Trump signed an executive order, repealing an Obama-era executive order that updated the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard for the first time in 37 years to require consideration of future flood risk when building or...
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Housing Developers Rejoice, Communities Threatened as Trump Weakens Flood Protections

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen President Trump’s announcement this week of an executive order designed to speed the construction of major infrastructure projects was overshadowed by his failure to fully denounce the while supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Nevertheless, Trump delivered a...
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Federal Reserve Questions Administration, Congressional Rollbacks of Wall Street Reform That Threaten CFPB

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Recently released minutes of the July meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, comprised of Federal Reserve governors and regional Federal Reserve Bank presidents, show its concern that proposed Congressional, Treasury Department and White House rollbacks to...
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As Water Pollution Grows, Healthy Soil Comes to the Rescue

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By Ben Chou, Natural Resources Defense Council The devastating effects of water pollution are on full display this summer. The Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone”, which is an oxygen-poor area off the Gulf Coast, is the largest ever measured since record-keeping began more than 30 years...
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Summer: The Season of Sickness for America’s Waters

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By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean time for back-to-school sales, last-ditch beach getaways, or Shark Week re-runs. Instead, I’m referring to the time of year when we’re once again reminded just how sick our...
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‘Erin Brockovich’ Carcinogen in 250 Million Americans’ Drinking Water

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By Robert Coleman, Environmental Working Group In 2016, an EWG report found that chromium-6 – a cancer-causing compound made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich” – contaminated the tap water supplies of 218 million Americans in all 50 states. But our just-released Tap Water Database shows...
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EPA Rule on Nanotechnology Reporting Is Good News

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Some good news from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency! EPA issued a Working Guidance for its Final Nanotechnology Reporting and Record-keeping Requirements Rule, which become effective this week, on August 14, 2017. This important rule...
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EPA Administrator Pruitt Burns His Own Scientists Again

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By Juanita Constible, Natural Resources Defense Council There’s an ever-widening gap at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) between scientists and their boss, Scott Pruitt. The latest comes after media stories about a major climate report awaiting approval from the Trump...
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Federal Judge Sees ‘Shadow Regulatory Process’ Under Trump’s ‘Two-for-One’ Executive Order

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By Diane Carman, Earthjustice Lawyers representing environmental interests, workers, and public interest groups presented arguments in federal district court last week, challenging President Trump’s two-for-one executive order for its irrational overreach that will harm countless Americans....
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Decades After Paint and Gas Bans, Kids Still Exposed to Dangerous Levels of Lead

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By Caleigh Smith, Environmental Working Group Lead was banned from paint in 1978, and from gasoline in 1996. But two years ago the water-poisoning scandal in Flint, Michigan, turned the nation’s attention to the tragic truth that lead still threatens Americans – especially children. A...
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Earthjustice Sues the EPA after a Former Industry Official Rewrites the Rules on Toxic Chemicals

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By Gail Koffman, Earthjustice “The fox guarding the hen house” aptly describes the inner workings of the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency. A major case in point: The EPA official tasked to head up the Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention office, Nancy Beck, came to the...
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Using Private Wells: A Drinking Water Safety Guide

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By Tasha Stoiber, Environmental Working Group Nearly one in seven Americans get their drinking water from private wells. Federal and state governments set legal limits for contaminants in public water systems, but those laws don’t cover private wells. If you’re one of the 44 million...
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