environmental protection agency

Bald Eagle (USFWS)

We’ve all been there. A casual dinner conversation turns to politics. Soon, a debate is raging — and we’ve lost a chance for a meaningful conversation about the issues that matter most.Polls suggest that Americans are deeply divided on a range of issues [1] — and it’s easy to understand why so many of us are hesitant to bring up […]

More than 45 years ago, America made a commitment to a cleaner, greener future when Congress and then-President Richard Nixon brought the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into existence.The EPA has since become our nation’s most important champion for the clean air and water, wildlife, and wild places that make the US so special.The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget plan — released […]

Yesterday marked a moment that many in Michigan and across the country were waiting for, a Congressional Hearing on the Flint water crisis where Governor Rick Snyder would face questions while under oath. It was so important that nearly 150 citizens and activists from Flint travelled 12 hours by bus to observe the hearings themselves. They wanted answers and an explanation from […]

When I received the news of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing this past Saturday, my mind went in a thousand different directions, accompanied by a thousand different questions. There can be no doubt that Justice Scalia’s sudden passing sent a shock wave throughout the nation, and the entire world. For the first time in over thirty years, the Supreme Court […]

Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a 5-4 decision against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA’s first-ever limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal-fired power plants, known as mercury and air toxics (MATS).  SCOTUS determined that the EPA did not properly consider the costs of complying with their  MATS rule. In his majority […]

Today, around 6:30 PM EST, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 2576, “To Modernize the Toxic Substances and Control Act and For Other Purposes.”  The goal of the bill is to update the very outdated Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. On the one hand I totally agree that TSCA needs to be updated to best […]