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Corporations Don’t Have to Pay Pollution Fin...

Corporations that flouted environmental regulations and spewed pollutants into the air and dumped them into waterways will not be required to pay the fines they agreed to during the pandemic, according to The Guardian. The forbearance of payments totals $56 million from ten corporations for a variety of violations across the country, including polluting air and water in already vulnerable communities, like East Chicago,...

Air Pollution and the Coronavirus: The Connection ...

Most Americans have spent the past couple weeks focused on staying safe and protecting their families during the coronavirus pandemic. For President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, this time has been spent differently. Trump’s EPA has been on a mission of late to quickly relax regulations and give fossil fuel companies a free pass to pollute – all at a time when we’re learning that the quality of the...

With Ohio bailout law secured, FirstEnergy Solutio...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Leaders of a former FirstEnergy subsidiary, which Ohio electricity customers will soon begin paying $150 million annually to subsidize under a nuclear bailout law Ohio officials passed last year, have moved to spend an extra $300 million on repurchasing the company’s own stock. The stock buybacks, meant to benefit corporate shareholders, come less than a year after an aggressive multi-year lobbying...

Did The Plastics Boom End Before It Even Started?

Three years ago, the UN declared plastic pollution a global crisis, more than three decades after the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch–a collection of marine debris 2x the size of Texas. The Year 2020 was supposed to be a watershed moment for the plastic industry after dozens of state and local policymakers planned to make the ultimate shift away from plastics. They clearly underestimated the sheer tenacity...

Trump Signs Executive Order That Will Accelerate C...

President Donald Trump issued an executive order late Thursday that environmentalists warned will accelerate the corporate exploitation of oceans by relaxing regulations on and streamlining the construction of industrial offshore aquaculture facilities, which critics deride as “floating factory farms” that pump pollution and diseases into public waters. The Don’t Cage Our Ocean Coalition, which was formed...

Utilities, gas industry coordinate to oppose Ohio ...

Dominion Energy’s opposition to an Ohio village’s clean energy proposal appears to be part of a larger trend nationwide in which gas utilities are becoming more active at the local government level. Unlike other cases involving bans on new gas hook-ups, however, Bratenahl’s proposed resolution stated a general goal of achieving 100% clean energy, with no specific plan or enforcement provisions. The resolution would have set...

US Supreme Court Decides Clean Water Act Applies T...

The Clean Water Act of 1972 was intended to do exactly what the name implies — protect the waters of the United States from pollution. Since the beginning, it was controversial. Precisely what waters were included? It obviously applies to the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, but what about that pond on the back 40 of a farm in Kansas? US Aquifers. Credit: USGS Over the years, state and federal courts have plumbed the...

Army Corps Abruptly Rescinds Its Position on Seism...

Agency Removes Clean Water Act Protections for National Preserve in Everglades NAPLES, Fla.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed its own recent determination finding that the Texas-based Burnett Oil Company damaged “high quality wet prairie and dwarf cypress” wetlands in the Big Cypress National Preserve, degrading a water of the United States. This damage resulted from the oil company’s first phase of seismic testing...

A dirty battle for a nuclear bailout in Ohio

Last July, Ohio’s governor signed House Bill 6 (HB6) to provide FirstEnergy (now Energy Harbor), a large electric utility, with subsidies of nearly $150 million per year to keep its Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants operating. Ohio is only the fifth US state to offer such subsidies; other states include New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Although the subsidies are justified by some as necessary for...

Critics say Ohio proposal to bar foreign ownership...

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Lawmakers here are considering a constitutional amendment that critics say sends a message to the world’s renewable energy developers that the state is not interested in their business. A proposed constitutional amendment would prevent foreign ownership of power plants and other “critical infrastructure.” A proposed constitutional amendment in Ohio to ban foreign ownership of power...

The Trump administration is muzzling government sc...

Kathryn Foxhall remembers a time when reporters could call up any doctor or researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and ask them questions on the record. A journalist might even get them to open up for a “background” interview, offering candid information on the condition the expert’s name would not be used. “There was the official story and then there was everything else,” the former editor of the Nation’s Health, an...

Trump Advances Massive Fracking Expansion on Color...

The Trump administration on Friday released a new land use plan for southwestern Colorado that community and conservation advocacy groups warn is a “dangerous” pathway towards increased fossil fuel extraction that makes no “climate, ecological, or economic sense.” Published officially Friday in the Federal Register, the Bureau of Land Management’s “Approved Resource Management Plan”...

Big Oil is using the coronavirus pandemic to push ...

The oil industry saw its opening and moved with breathtaking speed to take advantage of this moment. I’m going to tell you the single worst story I’ve heard in these past few horrid months, a story that combines naked greed, political influence peddling, a willingness to endanger innocent human beings, utter blindness to one of the greatest calamities in human history and a complete disregard for the next crisis aiming for...

Environmental Racism in Action: The Trump Administ...

The Trump administration is trying mightily to gut the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the law that mandates rigorous, science-based environmental impact reviews for major infrastructure and construction projects prior to federal permitting. NEPA also reserves significant time for the public to weigh in on the impact of projects to their communities. The loss of public input in the...

A ‘Green Stimulus’ Could Battle Three ...

“As a nation we face three converging crises: the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession; the climate emergency; and extreme inequality.” That’s the warning from progressive policy experts, climate leaders, and academics who have joined together to support a new “Green Stimulus” plan that calls for “at least $2 trillion that creates millions of family-sustaining green jobs,...