The CLEAN WATER RULE – Why “Navigability” Matters

History of the Clean Water Act In 1969 the Cuyahoga River in Ohio burst into flames.  Time magazine’s photos of the burning river noted that it was so saturated with sewage and industrial waste that it “oozes rather than flows.”  A record number of fish kills were also recorded in 1969.  These dramatic events led …

Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) Comment Period Open

Comment by August 28 The Trump Administration wants to remove Clean Water Act protections from two million miles of waterways and millions of acres of wetlands. Rollback of this rule would put drinking water at risk for 117 million Americans.  The public comment period is ongoing; comments must be received on or before 11:59 pm …

Make Your Voice Heard: ROLLBACK OF AIR POLLUTION STANDARDS — OIL AND GAS SECTOR 

Comment by August 9 The Trump Administration wants to delay and weaken emission controls that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and asthma-inducing smog.  The public comment period is ongoing; comments must be received on or before 11:59 pm August 9. Summary EPA has proposed to delay key elements of methane air quality emissions standards for …

Resisting the Trump De-Regulatory Agenda: EPA Rules Open for Comment

The Trump Administration’s assault on federal rules that protect the public is in full swing. We've developed a how-to manual with insights and advice on HOW to to participate in a rulemaking process. It is a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations who want to make their voices heard. A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING …

The Trump Budget Aims to Cripple Environmental Protection

Thanks to the Environmental Protection Network for this summary analysis of the Trump Administration's proposed budget cuts to EPA - and our environmental protections. The Trump Administration claims that it supports clean air and water, but its proposed FY 2018 Budget tells another story. Their deep cuts would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s Budget 42% …

Public Interest Groups Challenge Trump’s “2-for-1” Regulatory Rollback Directive

Here's an example of how environmental groups are using our federal courts to fight the Trump regulatory rollback agenda.  NRDC and the Communications Workers of America have sued to overturn E.O. 13771 - the "2 for 1" directive. This Executive Order requires that each new regulation must be accompanied by the removal of two regulations  …

Talking points: {Dis}HONEST Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

We should tell our Senators to oppose a pair of bills aimed at crippling EPA. Both have already passed the House. If they pass the Senate, their effect will be felt long after the Trump Administration is history. (1) The HONEST Act would prevent EPA from using sound science making decisions about how to best …