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The EPA implements solutions for forever chemical cleanup

In a remarkable step toward environmental protection, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took decisive steps last Friday to address the dangers of two forever chemicals, PFOA and PFOS. By designating these compounds as hazardous under the Superfund law, the EPA hopes to speed up cleanup Read More...

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US Government lays out ambitious plan to replace all lead pipes

Childhood lead poisoning has decreased significantly over the past 50 years, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that up to 10 million households and 400,000 schools and child care centers still have service lines or fixtures that contain lead. These are significant health Read More...

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US to begin regulating methane emissions from oil and gas wells

Oil and gas wells, even abandoned ones, are a huge source of emissions. These sites are particularly known for their methane emissions, a greenhouse gas much more potent than carbon dioxide. A recent NASA project identified particularly problematic emissions sites, and now, for the first time ever, Read More...

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EPA moves to permanently protect Bristol Bay from mining operations

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is a rich fishing area home to 46 percent of the average global abundance of wild sockeye salmon. Following two decades of back and forth between the Pebble Limited Partnership, conservation groups, Tribes, and state and federal governments, the Environmental Protection Read More...

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EPA announces ban on harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos

Even if you’ve never heard of chlorpyrifos, you’ve probably come in contact with it on your food. This common pesticide has been on the market since 1965 and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 5.1 million pounds of the chemical have been used on American crops like Read More...

EPA announces plan to cut back

EPA announces plan to cut back hydrofluorocarbon emissions

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a lesser-known pollutant used in air conditioners and refrigerators. Despite being less emphasized than CO2 in the effort to slow climate change, HFCs are actually more effective at trapping heat. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this Read More...

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US court strikes down coal-friendly climate rule just before inauguration

In 2019, the administration of the (now former) President of the United States attempted to relax restrictions on power plant greenhouse emissions. In a move that could only harm the environment, the administration’s EPA lawyers filed a lawsuit that argued that the federal government does not Read More...

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Ways you can support the environmental justice movement

When most of us think about environmental issues, we are inclined to picture in our heads images of melting ice caps, deforestation, wildfires, and animals close to extinction. But how often do we think about how all of these issues affect the human communities in our own backyard? When climate Read More...

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EPA proposes first carbon dioxide standards for airline industry

Despite being in low demand, the airline industry could be getting some greener regulations in the near future. For the first time in the history of aviation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed carbon dioxide standards for the airline industry last week.  Although the EPA has Read More...

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Denmark takes the lead in the fight against chemicals in food packaging

It’s no surprise that food packaging carries a lot of toxins that shouldn’t be so close to our food. PFAs chemicals (perfluoroalkyl substances), also known as “forever chemicals”, are used to repel moisture in packaging for typically oily and fatty foods. Unfortunately, they are also linked Read More...