Turning EPA into a “Regulatory Capture” Agency

EPA employees holding signs "no budget or staffing cuts"

We are reposting a thoughtful – and alarming – article by a group of academics about the ways in which Scott Pruitt is mounting “an ongoing, broad-scale takeover of [EPA] by industries it regulates”  published today on EPA staff say the Trump administration is changing their mission from protecting human health and the environment to … Read moreTurning EPA into a “Regulatory Capture” Agency

Ethics and Integrity at US EPA – and Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Violations of Norms

By  Kerrigan Clough, former Senior Ethics Officer, & Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA Region 8  & Joni Teter, former Deputy Ethics Officer & Senior Enforcement Attorney, EPA Region 8 William D. Ruckelshaus, EPA’s first and fourth Administrator set the standard for EPA employees’ ethical behavior.  Shortly after taking office on December 4, 1970, two days after … Read moreEthics and Integrity at US EPA – and Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Violations of Norms

Save EPA – A new ‘toon is up in the adventures of Slick Scotty

And now a word from Slick Scotty’s sponsors…We welcome volunteers! Thank you for your interest in Save EPA.  As you’ve seen, we create tools & talking points to help you speak out in defense of our environmental protections.  The Trump Administration continues to launch a massive assault on our climate, our public health and our … Read moreSave EPA – A new ‘toon is up in the adventures of Slick Scotty

Trump administration continues to threaten drinking water safety

Girl & water fountain

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is committed to repealing and replacing the Clean Water Rule with a weaker standard that would ultimately hurt the health of our waterways and our families.    “Trump’s EPA and their Republican allies in Congress are attacking the safeguards that keep our water clean.” FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images   From our colleagues at … Read moreTrump administration continues to threaten drinking water safety

Can EPA Maintain Its Mission?

Above: Los Angeles in the 1970s and now. What does it take to get from dirty to clean? Learn here. From our partners at the Harvard Law School Environmental and Energy Law Program Since Donald Trump became President and Scott Pruitt his EPA Administrator, the EPA has worked assiduously to remove, weaken, or delay a … Read moreCan EPA Maintain Its Mission?

State of Risk: How Weakening EPA Imperils Our Health, Families, Jobs & Economy

EPA was created to protect our air, water, lands –  and, above all, our health.  Since its creation in 1970, EPA has made our air and water cleaner, prevented millions of asthma attacks and hospitalizations, and avoided hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, all while America enjoyed a growing economy and expanding population.  Protecting the … Read moreState of Risk: How Weakening EPA Imperils Our Health, Families, Jobs & Economy

U.S. Moving Forward on Climate – Despite Trump’s Backpedalling

1 UN Climate Change Conference Shows Progress in Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement Marking the next step on the way to international implementation of measures to limit global warming and other climate impacts of increased greenhouse gas emissions, the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was … Read moreU.S. Moving Forward on Climate – Despite Trump’s Backpedalling

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

EPA Logo with "Busted" superimposed

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

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