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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Former EPA Staffers, State Environmental Professionals, Assail Proposed EPA Budget

(from an analysis by the Environmental Protection Network, a growing bi-partisan network of more than 75 former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency and related federal and state agencies.)


President Trump’s Budget Blueprint takes an ax to EPA, threatening severe damage to health and environmental programs that have protected Americans for decades. State agency funding is also slashed, even though the Trump Administration is proposing to simultaneously shift more responsibility to the states. The budget further calls for elimination of most EPA climate programs even as the earth continues to warm and climate change impacts grow worse. 

There is no evidence that the cuts are based on any real analysis of changing needs. Steep cuts and elimination of many EPA programs seem to reflect ideological views about the role and value of government programs that protect public health and the environment. The Trump Budget Blueprint for EPA appears to be nothing less than a full-throttle attack on the principle underlying all U.S. environmental laws – that protecting the health and environment of all Americans is a national priority. 
The whole analysis is available at analysis of proposed EPA budget

Friday, February 17, 2017

Senate Vote on Pruitt: Unconscionable -- A Bipartisan Triumph of Special Interests

Many people will have much to say about the Senate vote to confirm Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection  Agency.  Here are a few quick thoughts:

It is unconscionable that the Senate would ram this nomination through without knowing all the relevant facts — facts that may be known within a few days.  It is a bipartisan triumph of special interests over the broader public interest.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What's Going to Happen to Cheating Companies Under a New EPA? -- a Guest Post

(Clean Air Watch is pleased to present this timely guest post by Gemma Hunt)


While we await a Senate vote on Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an important question lingers in the air: what will happen to enforcement of clean air and water laws under the Trump team?  Will companies feel they can cheat -- and harm the public -- as Volkswagen did?  

The recent Fiat Chrysler incident could be a test case.

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The Clean Air Act is the law that defines EPA's responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation's air quality and the stratospheric ozone layer. The last major change in the law, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, was enacted by Congress in 1990. Legislation passed since then has made several minor changes.