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 more

Defending Bristol Bay

Braided waterways and wetlands create rich salmon spawning grounds

Withdrawal of Clean Water Act protections for Bristol Bay, Alaska (Pebble Mine)  Comment by October 17 The Trump Administration is proposing to reverse restrictions on discharge of mining wastes in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, the largest sockeye salmon spawning area in the world.  The proposal was published July 19, 2017. The public comment period is … Read more

The CLEAN WATER RULE – Why “Navigability” Matters

History of the Clean Water Act Cuyahoga River – then and now In 1969 the Cuyahoga River in Ohio burst into flames.  Time magazine’s photos of the burning river noted that it was so saturated with sewage and industrial waste that it “oozes rather than flows.”  A record number of fish kills were also recorded … Read more

Job Center open for EPA staff being ousted by Trump

The EPA Alumni Association has created an on-line job center to help EPA staffers find new work   https://jobs.epaalumni.org  On Monday, August 6, the Trump Administration begins its assault on EPA staffing. This Administration plans to eliminate more than 3000 jobs – in an agency with only 15,000 employees.  The pink slips start flowing with folks … Read more

Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) Comment Period Open

Stream showing low water and high water mark.

Comment by August 28 The Trump Administration wants to remove Clean Water Act protections from two million miles of waterways and millions of acres of wetlands. Rollback of this rule would put drinking water at risk for 117 million Americans.  The public comment period is ongoing; comments must be received on or before 11:59 pm … Read more

Make Your Voice Heard: ROLLBACK OF AIR POLLUTION STANDARDS — OIL AND GAS SECTOR 

Oil well flaring gas

Comment by August 9 The Trump Administration wants to delay and weaken emission controls that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and asthma-inducing smog.  The public comment period is ongoing; comments must be received on or before 11:59 pm August 9. Summary EPA has proposed to delay key elements of methane air quality emissions standards for … Read more

Resisting the Trump De-Regulatory Agenda: EPA Rules Open for Comment

White House with Resist banner

The Trump Administration’s assault on federal rules that protect the public is in full swing. We’ve developed a how-to manual with insights and advice on HOW to to participate in a rulemaking process. It is a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations who want to make their voices heard. A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING … Read more

Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Meet Stiff Bipartisan Resistance from House Appropriations Subcommittee

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt defended the Trump Administration’s massive cuts to the EPA budget before a key House subcommittee on Thursday.   The plan to dismantle our environmental protections  was not well received – by either party. Bloomberg reports: The criticism of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at a budget hearing Thursday illustrates the difficulty Trump … Read more

The Trump Budget Aims to Cripple Environmental Protection

Thanks to the Environmental Protection Network for this summary analysis of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts to EPA – and our environmental protections. The Trump Administration claims that it supports clean air and water, but its proposed FY 2018 Budget tells another story. Their deep cuts would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s Budget 42% … Read more

The Dodd-Frank Rollback and climate change

We try to stay non-partisan at SaveEPA, since we truly believe that protection of public health and environment is a bi-partisan issue. But sometimes the House GOP’s actions are so anti-public interest that we have to call them out. That’s the case with the “shareholder engagement” changes passed by the House last week as part … Read more

Save EPA has been an all-volunteer group of former EPA officials who became alarmed about the Trump agenda for EPA and joined together to fight it.

With newly-elected President-Elect Biden and VP-Elect Harris coming in January, the need to "save EPA" is much less urgent. This is not to imply all clear skies ahead - there is much re-building to do, there will be negative pressures on the new administration, and we will likely have policy differences in the future. However, we are hopeful that these differences will be discussed rationally, using science as a basis for moving forward, and keeping EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment in the forefront.

And so, we are going back to retirement!  We're keeping our website up at http://saveepaalums.info/ , as a resource for those who want to follow and influence the restoration work. Our report on the Trump record at EPA describes the actions that need to be reversed [saveepaalums.info/Trump+era+report], and our guide to participating in the rulemaking process [http://saveepaalums.info/Resistance+Guide] can help you be part of the solution.

Thank you for your support and commitment during the past 3.5 years.  While the Trump assaults were unending, they were also frequently unsuccessful, and that was due in large part to public outrage.  Keep it up!  Although EPA will be in much better hands with a Biden administration, there is always a need for an informed and engaged public.

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