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Bill to regulate "Teflon" chemicals in water continues through Congress

by Scott Tong 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

by Eilís O'Neill 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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Limit eased on summer ethanol sales

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 31, 2019
Farmers love it. Environmentalists and gasoline refiners? Not so much.
A field of corn sits next to an ethanol plant in Palestine, Illinois.
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Critics say EPA moving too slowly on regulating chemicals found in Teflon

by Scott Tong Feb 15, 2019
There’s a family of chemicals inside our bodies that’s linked to birth defects, immune system problems and, possibly, cancer. The chemicals — known by the acronym P.F.A.S. — are contained in Teflon, which is found in everything from microwave popcorn…

Senate confirmation process begins this week for EPA chief

by Scott Tong Jan 15, 2019
Andrew Wheeler is expected to face tough questions about his former role as a lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry.
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Aug. 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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EPA decision could make it harder to impose environmental rules

by Scott Tong Dec 31, 2018
Coal mining companies and power plants that burn coal are trying to sort out the implications of a deregulatory move by the Trump administration late Friday. The EPA is proposing to re-think rules cutting the air pollutant mercury – it’s…

EPA moves raise questions about future of methane reduction market

by Travis Bubenik Dec 26, 2018
Texas is of course a big oil state, but it’s also home to a growing industry focused on reducing emissions of oil field methane, a climate change causing gas. But the Trump administration is loosening the rules on methane, which…
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EPA poised to roll back what waterways are protected

by Ben Bradford Dec 11, 2018
The Trump administration is set to release a plan that would redefine which bodies of water are protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act.
The Trump administration is set to release a plan that would redefine which bodies of water are protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act. 
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Are Republicans softening on carbon taxes?

by Jed Kim Sep 12, 2018
A few GOP lawmakers are bucking the party line by backing a tax on CO2 emissions.
The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, in 2009.
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The U.S. is cutting carbon emissions despite Trump policy

by Jed Kim Sep 12, 2018
A coalition of elected officials and business leaders sees progress toward Paris climate agreement targets.
Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station in 2014 in Newburg, Maryland.
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