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GOP aims to slash $1.6 billion in EPA funding

WASHINGTON – House Republicans on the appropriations committee released a plan Thursday that would eliminate $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. The news, as first noted by Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones, is part of a broader GOP assault on the EPA as the Obama administration seeks to…

US to regulate rocket fuel chemical in water

WASHINGTON – The US government said Wednesday it plans to limit the amount of perchlorate, a chemical found in rocket fuel, explosives and bleach, that is present in the drinking water of millions of Americans. Studies have shown a link between consuming perchlorate and thyroid problems in pregnant mothers and…

Fox News host apparently believes EPA created to do nothing

A host for the Fox News channel, either out of ignorance or agenda, claimed Tuesday that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was breaking its custom by issuing updated regulations for auto-makers. During the broadcast, Fox News host Martha MacCallum bizarrely claimed that it was “not customary” for the EPA…

Coal giant upset over loss of mountaintop mine permit

WASHINGTON – The withdrawal of a permit for a controversial “mountaintop removal” coal mining operation has sparked outrage in the US industry, but was hailed as a victory for environmental protection and the health of nearby communities. The move Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke licenses for…

Revealed: Texas officials covered up dangerously radioactive tap water for years

Texas officials charged with protecting the environment and public health have for years made arbitrary subtractions to the measured levels of radiation delivered by water utilities across the state, according to a series of investigative reports out of Houston. Those subtractions, based on the test results’ margin of error, made…

Obama drops plan to limit global warming gases

Battle over global warming now turns to EPA as Obama says he will pursue other solutions Environmental groups and industry seem headed for another battle over regulation of greenhouse gases, as President Barack Obama said he will look for ways to control global warming pollution other than Congress placing a…

Likely GOP chairman plans to tear apart healthcare bill ‘like Jenga game’

Also promises parking space for EPA chief outside Congress Fred Upton, a 12-term congressman from Michigan, may not be a name you know. But if Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives, as they’re projected to do next Tuesday, he could be a name you come to remember. According…

Companies fight to keep global warming data secret

Companies want EPA to keep some global warming information secret in first-ever inventory Some of the country’s largest emitters of heat-trapping gases, including businesses that publicly support efforts to curb global warming, don’t want the public knowing exactly how much they pollute. Oil producers and refiners, along with manufacturers of…

Poll: Just 34% of likely US voters oppose regulating greenhouse gases

In spite of massive astroturfing campaigns by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and major industrial polluters, a clear majority of Americans support the regulation of greenhouse gases, according to a poll commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Remarkably, just 34 percent said they oppose the plan, while 60 percent…

Gulf waste heads to landfills, some with problems

Oily boom, trash from Gulf spill heads to landfills, some with state environmental issues The cleanup of history’s worst peacetime oil spill is generating thousands of tons of oil-soaked debris that is ending up in local landfills, some of which were already dealing with environmental concerns. The soft, absorbent boom…

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