What Cutting EPA Enforcement Means – and What You Can Do About It.

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A FORMER EPA ENFORCER SPEAKS OUT Under the platitudes of “budget cuts,” we all lose valuable protections for our health. I know, because I recently retired after spending 27 years as a lawyer at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I’ve watched high-level policy discussions miss the realities of my work on-the-ground with industrial facilities and … Read moreWhat Cutting EPA Enforcement Means – and What You Can Do About It.

Former EPA Lawyers Critique “Sue-and-Settle” Directive

Scales of justice and judge's gavel with law books in background

Former EPA career attorneys today sent a letter  to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt “to correct the many mistakes of law and fact” in his October 16 directive and explanation concerning settlement of lawsuits brought against the agency.  The lawyers explain how the directive will harm the American people and the fair and efficient operations of … Read moreFormer EPA Lawyers Critique “Sue-and-Settle” Directive

Pruitt’s Strategic Plan for EPA – and Why It Matters

  The Trump/Pruitt team has released its roadmap for EPA. What is strategic planning? A systematic process of envisioning a desired future, and translating this vision into broadly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them. Strategic plans create a framework for accountability between the Agency, Congress and the American people. … Read morePruitt’s Strategic Plan for EPA – and Why It Matters

I Am a 30-Year Veteran Scientist from US EPA; I Can’t Afford to Be Discouraged

Two large smokestacks on an industrial plant spewing pollution.

. . . And neither can you. Since January, we have seen a continual assault on our environmental protections. EPA has put a political operative with no scientific experience in charge of vetting EPA grants, and the agency is reconsidering an Obama-era regulation on coal ash. The well-established legal processes for promulgating environmental regulations, and—very … Read moreI Am a 30-Year Veteran Scientist from US EPA; I Can’t Afford to Be Discouraged

Western Wildfires and Climate Change

Smoke billowing across the ocean from Mendocino to San Francisco

We’re watching those out-of-control wildfires raging in California with horror, sorrow and a lot of empathy. Our hearts go out of the thousands of people watching their homes go up in flames.  This drone footage posted by the Washington Post yesterday conveys the total devastation that wildfires can bring.    Sadly, Western US wildfires have … Read moreWestern Wildfires and Climate Change

Our best climate program is under attack

Rows of vehicles in traffic spewing emissions.

“Clean car standards are one of the quickest, most effective and easiest ways to help us get on the right track to carbon-free transportation and a safer, healthier climate.” By Garrett Garner-Wells, Paul Guzyk and Luke Walch Boulder Daily Camera  10/03/2017 What if we told you there’s a five-year-old who is on the front lines … Read moreOur best climate program is under attack

NEPA: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in Government

Highway bridge elevated above the Colorado River to avoid stream channelization

It has become patently obvious that President Trump does not regard environmental protection as a high priority in his Administration.  One of his stated goals is to cut the so-called regulatory red tape that slows down his agenda for Making America Great Again!  One of the targets of his red-tape cutting is the National Environmental … Read moreNEPA: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in Government

It’s “National Preparedness Month”

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President Trump issued another Executive Order today. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2017 as National Preparedness Month. I encourage all Americans, including Federal, State, and … Read moreIt’s “National Preparedness Month”

Inspiration in Dark Times

Fight like your world depends on it. Because your world depends on it. – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power If you haven’t yet seen  An Inconvenient Sequel-Truth to Power hustle your buns out to the the movies this weekend. It’s now showing in mainstream theaters across the country.  I found this film to be powerful, … Read moreInspiration in Dark Times

Pruitt’s Hypocritical Visit to the Gold King Mine

EPA chief Scott Pruitt, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

Scott Pruitt came to Colorado on August 4th to visit the Gold King Mine.  His companions, Senators Cory Gardner & Michael Bennet, Representative Scott Tipton, and Governor John Hickenlooper,  held a town hall in Durango following their visit to the mine. Pruitt skipped out. There were folks outside the town hall who wanted to ask … Read morePruitt’s Hypocritical Visit to the Gold King Mine

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