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Environment | Michigan

Trump Administration Blocked a Study on the Dangers of PFAS as Their Levels Rise in Battle Creek, Michigan’s Drinking Water

By Cole Driver on July 12, 2019.

In an emotional congressional hearing in September 2018, members of Congress pressed a Department of Defense official as to why test results showing high levels of PFAS in the groundwater at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base in Calhoun County, Michigan, were held up in bureaucracy for months.

On the EPA’s website, PFAS are described as “a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals” that have been “manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s.”

Environment | Pennsylvania

While Toxic Algae Takes Over Shorelines, the Trump Admin Quietly Attempted to Cut $270 Million in Great Lakes Conservation Efforts

By Cole Driver on July 9, 2019.

Every summer, Lake Erie - one of the five Great Lakes - draws thousands of tourists to its beaches, generating millions in economic revenue supporting the livelihoods of many Erie County, Pennsylvania residents, families and businesses.

But something is in the water in Lake Erie.

Environment

In Concession to Energy Industry, Zinke Allows Polluting Practice He Called ‘Wasteful’

By on October 11, 2018.

The Interior Department last month rolled back Obama-era restrictions on methane “flaring” despite Secretary Ryan Zinke previously calling the practice “wasteful.”

Accountability | Colorado

Stapleton’s Company Violated Calif. Water Codes More Than 75 Times

By on September 20, 2018.

Walker Stapleton has pledged to be a steward of Colorado’s water, but facilities he ran for years in California wine country were found in violation of water regulations more than 75 times.

Accountability

Woodward: Pruitt Bypassed Protocol, Legal Review in Failed Coup Against Paris Agreement

By on September 10, 2018.

Scott Pruitt once let himself into the Oval Office and asked President Donald Trump to sign off on withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement on the spot, according to a new book by Bob Woodward detailing the inner workings of the Trump White House.

Environment

EPA Chief Cited as Key Ally in Painting Climate Change As ‘Hoax’

By on September 6, 2018.

The acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency was a key ally in the conservative fight to paint climate change as a hoax, according to a book by a senator leading that effort.