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Chemical tax to clean up toxic sites gets new life as part of infrastructure deal

Jul 2, 2021
Environmental justice groups hope the deal will restore a funding source to clean up Superfund sites: an excise tax on chemicals.
Revenue from a new excise tax on chemicals like Benzene and Mercury would go into the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund to clean up hazardous sites.
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Unplugging from work is extra hard ... and needed this year

Dec 25, 2020
It can be harder to disconnect from work, when the home is also your office.
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Science joins impeachment on Capitol Hill today

Nov 13, 2019
A proposed rule would limit how scientific research can be used to set policy.
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How much is the federal government spending on climate change?

Sep 2, 2019
Only a fraction of what is being spent on efforts to recover from climate-related disasters.
A view of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Fact-checking the EPA's claim that oil & gas companies have an incentive to catch leaking methane

Aug 30, 2019
EPA justifies its rollback of methane emission regulations for the oil and gas industry.
The Hess Gas Plant in Tioga, North Dakota, as seen in 2013.
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Environmental groups prepare for fight over methane proposal

Aug 30, 2019
A Trump administration proposal to roll back Obama-era rules to limit methane emissions is likely to face multiple legal challenges.
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Will consumers pay more for reusable packaging to save the planet?

Aug 28, 2019
A New Jersey-based company is offering brands like Tide, Gillette and Dove in reusable containers.
A Loop order is filled at the company's Trenton, New Jersey, warehouse.
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Automakers follow California's emissions rules to help reach Obama-era reduction targets

Aug 22, 2019
Automakers are deciding whether to choose stricter emissions standards set by California, or a regulatory "freeze" proposed by the Trump administration.
Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east near Pasadena, California.
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Bill to regulate "Teflon" chemicals in water continues through Congress

Jul 5, 2019
A bill to regulate so-called "Teflon" chemicals found in nonstick pans and waterproof clothing is moving quickly through Congress.
"Teflon" chemicals can be found in waterproof shoes, rain jackets and cookware.
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Amid concerns over health, dry cleaners look to "wet" alternative

Jun 7, 2019
In Seattle, grants have been offered to dry cleaning companies who will trade a potentially dangerous chemical for safer alternatives.
Hyen Sook Kang and Tae Park have owned Sun Dry Cleaners since 1985.
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