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State Attorneys General Threaten to Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
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State Attorneys General Threaten to Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
2020-05-26 14:32:16
by Tom Ramstack

Three Mid-Atlantic attorneys general are threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce water quality standards to protect the Chesapeake Bay. They accuse the EPA of ignoring its court-ordered duty to prevent polluters in New York and... Read More

Advocates Urge Stricter Standards For Particulate Pollution At EPA Hearing
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Advocates Urge Stricter Standards For Particulate Pollution At EPA Hearing
2020-05-22 19:39:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency to raise its standards on particle pollution -- also known as soot or PM2.5 -- at a public hearing on Thursday held by phone due to the coronavirus crisis. In April,... Read More

Nine States Sue EPA for ‘Blanket Waiver’ as Nation Fights Pandemic
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Nine States Sue EPA for ‘Blanket Waiver’ as Nation Fights Pandemic

Nine states have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for curtailing enforcement of rules on air and water pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the pullback puts the public at even greater risk. The states accuse the federal regulator of... Read More

Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist
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Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist

A species of bee from Florida that scientists thought might no longer exist was rediscovered earlier this spring, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Before then, the blue calamintha bee had not been observed since 2016. “I was... Read More

States Step Up as Federal Government Moves Away from Paris Climate Agreement
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States Step Up as Federal Government Moves Away from Paris Climate Agreement
2020-05-07 15:04:07
by Kate Michael

On the same day that the Center for American Progress and the League of Conservation Voters released an issue brief detailing how states have stepped up where the federal government has neglected to lead on climate change, CAP convened representatives... Read More

With Recycling's Dirty Truths Exposed, Washington Works Toward a Cleaner System
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With Recycling's Dirty Truths Exposed, Washington Works Toward a Cleaner System

SEATTLE — In 2017, about three-quarters of the stuff Seattleites dumped in their blue recycling bins — from grocery store ads and crumpled cracker boxes to shampoo bottles and yogurt tubs — was shipped to China. These days, virtually none... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Beaches Can Be Protected From Sewage That Flows Underground
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Supreme Court Rules Beaches Can Be Protected From Sewage That Flows Underground

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court bolstered the nation’s clean-water protections for oceans and beaches on Thursday, ruling that environmentalists can sue to block discharges of sewage into the ground if those pollutants flow in significant amounts from there into the... Read More

Activists Say Coronavirus Is An Opportunity To Reshape Environmental Policy
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Activists Say Coronavirus Is An Opportunity To Reshape Environmental Policy
2020-04-23 15:01:58
by Gaspard Le Dem

It’s a big year for the planet. April 22, 2020, marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration of the environmental movement that is honored around the world. But many are celebrating Earth Day indoors this year. The coronavirus... Read More

States Go Their Own Ways on Environmental Enforcement During Crisis
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States Go Their Own Ways on Environmental Enforcement During Crisis

WASHINGTON — Some state environmental regulators have decided not to follow the Trump administration’s lead in easing enforcement of environmental rules for companies adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like the Environmental Protection Agency, most states appear to be providing... Read More

Historic Agreement Will Conserve Millions of Acres for Monarch Butterflies
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Historic Agreement Will Conserve Millions of Acres for Monarch Butterflies
2020-04-10 19:11:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reached what conservationists are calling a historic deal to protect monarch butterflies, which pass through multiple states on their annual two-way migrations. “Completing this agreement is a huge boost for the... Read More

D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
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D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
2020-04-08 18:09:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency improperly rescinded Obama-era restrictions on a class of greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), after the court struck down a portion of the rules, a federal appeals court held Tuesday. In a divided ruling,... Read More

Trump Rollback of Mileage Standards Guts Climate Change Push
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Trump Rollback of Mileage Standards Guts Climate Change Push

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rolled back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards Tuesday, raising the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come and gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts against climate change. The Trump... Read More

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