EPA


Michael Dourson: A Toxic Choice for Our Health and Safety

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

When it comes to conflicts of interest, few nominations can top that of Michael Dourson to lead the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Read more >

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After a major hurricane there is an urgent need to rebuild the infrastructure needed for clean water and sewers. The EPA has a critical role to play in that effort. Here flooding is shown in Carolina, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria. Photo: Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos/USDA (Flickr)

The EPA’s Crucial and Unsung Role in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Rarely in the news—and yet critical to response and recovery efforts after the recent major hurricanes—is the work of the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt’s Cynical Move to Rescind the Clean Power Plan

, president

Tomorrow, the EPA is expected to take a first formal step in repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a terribly irresponsible decision. Recent ferocious storms, intensified by warming oceans and air, remind us of the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is a sensible, flexible, cost-effective rule addressing one of one of the biggest sources of US carbon emissions, and one of the least expensive sources to control. Read more >

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Pruitt Plans to Gut The Clean Power Plan: How Weak Will The New EPA Proposal Be?

, lead economist and climate policy manager

News articles indicate that the EPA is soon going to release a “revised” Clean Power Plan. It is very likely to be significantly weaker than the original CPP, which offered one of the country’s best hopes for reducing carbon emissions that cause global warming.

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Photo: North Carolina National Guard/CC BY-ND 2.0 (Flickr)

What Scott Pruitt Still Gets Wrong About Chemical Safety Post-Hurricane Harvey

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

In a recent interview with ABC’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was asked about the agency’s role in responding to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and the devastation caused in Florida and Texas by the natural disasters. During the conversation, one of the hosts asked Administrator Pruitt about the EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule and his decision to delay implementation of the amendments to modernize the standards for chemical facility safety (relevant because a chemical plant covered by this rule exploded after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston). Read more >

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