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Plastic on Remote South Atlantic Beaches Up 10 Fol...

The number of plastics washing up on the beaches of remote islands in the South Atlantic has increased 10 times in the past 10 years, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) found. This is a devastating development for the unique biodiversity of islands in the UK’s overseas territories like Ascension, St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Gough and the Falkland Islands, both because the plastic harms marine life and because...

Former Koch staffer appointed to key EPA position

The agency is stocked full of industry insiders. The Environmental Protection Agency has hired a former Koch Industries staffer who worked on water and chemical policy to fill a key role within the agency, continuing a Trump administration trend of appointing company insiders to oversee the industries they are meant to regulate. David Dunlap, a former Koch chemical engineer who has served as director of policy and regulatory...

Air quality still poor in Columbus; EPA gives metr...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a three-year deadline for the Columbus metro area to come into compliance with revised Clean Air Act standards. “Most recently, EPA has promulgated designations for the 2015 ozone standard, which became effective on (Friday),” said Joshua Singer, a spokesman for the federal agency, in a statement emailed to The Dispatch. The Columbus metro area, which includes Franklin,...

Nuclear Energy Needs Truth, Not Truthiness

Nuclear waste storage and disposal is an incredibly safe activity with a worker safety record better than working in Walmart. But nuclear scientists are nowhere in its public discourse and media coverage. No one has ever died from nuclear waste storage and disposal, and no one is likely to in the future, although you wouldn’t know that from watching the news. Shown here are spent nuclear fuel stored in dry casks, safe for...

EPA Is Failing to Protect School Children From Asb...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t doing enough to protect the 50 million school children and seven million teachers and staff who spend time in U.S. private and public schools from asbestos exposure. That’s the conclusion of a report released Monday by the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency’s internal watchdog. The report assessed the EPA’s compliance with the...

EPA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturi...

Fast Company recently reported on the potential comeback of one of the most infamous building materials of recent memory. Asbestos is now legally allowed back into U.S. manufacturing under a serious of loopholes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As Fast Company reported, on June 1, the EPA authorized a “SNUR” (Significant New Use Rule) that allowed the distribution of products containing asbestos on a...

EPA Exodus: Nearly 1,600 Workers Have Left Since T...

Since President Donald Trump took office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has seen an exodus of nearly 1,600 former federal employees, including some who say they “did not want to any longer be any part of this administration’s nonsense” and believed they “could do better work” elsewhere, according to a new report from the Washington Post. “I felt it was time to leave given...

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Re...

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. Methane, which is among the most powerful greenhouse gases, routinely leaks from oil and gas wells, and energy companies have long said that the rules requiring them to test for emissions...

Dire Climate Change Warnings Cut From Trump Power-...

Warnings about potentially severe consequences of climate change were deleted from a Trump administration plan to weaken curbs on power plant emissions during a White House review. Drafts had devoted more than 500 words to highlighting the impacts — more heat waves, intense hurricanes, heavy rainfalls, floods and water pollution — as part of the proposal to replace Obama-era restrictions on greenhouse gas...

Researchers warn a common air pollutant is a drive...

Low air quality, even at pollution levels well below current Environmental Protection Agency thresholds, is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers Kelly C. Bishop, Nicolai V. Kuminoff and Jonathan D. Ketcham of Arizona State University cross-referenced more than a decade of...

How a nuclear stalemate left radioactive waste str...

When I got to the San Onofre State Beach about 60 miles north of San Diego, the red sun of fire season was sandwiched on the horizon between a layer of fog and the sea. Surfers floated in a line off the shore. It looked like any other California beach — except for the row of signs that warned “Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Area,” and the twin reactor domes rising above the bluffs. I was there to see the San Onofre Nuclear...

Air Pollution Shortens Human Life by One Year, on ...

In a summer marked by air quality alerts as wildfires rage in the western U.S., a study has been published finding that air pollution lowers the average lifespan by one year worldwide. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters Aug. 22, was the first to assess the impact of particulate matter pollution smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) on human life expectancy on a per country basis, ScienceNews...

Kroger to end bagging groceries in plastic within ...

CINCINNATI — The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags, as more Americans say they’re uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. started its pitch to end plastic Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores by some point next year. The company intends to be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores...

Tons of Plastic Trash Enter the Great Lakes Every ...

Awareness is rising worldwide about the scourge of ocean plastic pollution, from Earth Day 2018 events to the cover of National Geographic magazine. But few people realize that similar concentrations of plastic pollution are accumulating in lakes and rivers. One recent study found microplastic particles—fragments measuring less then five millimeters—in globally sourced tap water and beer brewed with water from the Great...

The Plastic Waste Crisis Is an Opportunity to Get ...

A global plastic waste crisis is building, with major implications for health and the environment. Under its so-called “National Sword” policy, China has sharply reduced imports of foreign scrap materials. As a result, piles of plastic waste are building up in ports and recycling facilities across the U.S. In response, support is growing nationally and worldwide for banning or restricting single-use consumer...