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The Environmental Protection Agency has experienced a huge surge in open records lawsuits since President Donald Trump took office, an analysis of data reviewed by POLITICO shows — a trend that comes amid mounting criticism of EPA’s secrecy about Administrator Scott Pruitt’s travels, meetings and policy decisions.
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A federal environmental program that distributes grants to test the effects of chemical exposure on adults and children is being shuttered amidst a major organization consolidation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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You know the saying, “healthy habits start young.” That’s why Jennie Liss Ohayon is excited about a new opportunity to engage high school students in learning about environmental health—specifically the health risks associated with harmful chemicals in everyday products. The goal of the new project is to help students reduce their toxic exposures while providing them with leadership skills to promote healthier environments at home and in their communities.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is embarking on a multiyear journey to prioritize and assess the risks of tens of thousands of chemicals in the U.S. market—and much of that evaluation will be done without the use of vertebrate animals.
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On February 8, 2018, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a Draft Three-Year Priority Product Work Plan (2018-2020) (new Work Plan) under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program. The SCP Program is an innovative regulatory scheme to evaluate and require safer substitutes for hazardous chemicals in consumer products. The new Work Plan identifies the product categories that DTSC will evaluate during the next three years in order to identify the next set of Priority Products it will regulate under the SCP regulations.
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Major League Baseball has turned to students at an Arizona university in an effort to implement a zero-waste initiative at one of its spring training ballparks.
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Over time, large pieces of floating plastic waste may sink to the sea floor as the attachment of macro-organisms such as mussels and barnacles weighs down the debris. But what about smaller fragments, particles and fibres – does biofouling remove these so-called microplastics from surface waters too? Scientists are keen to find out so that they can improve transport models and better understand the full impact of all sizes of plastic waste on marine environments.
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Trump bureaucrats are preparing to mothball the Biological Survey Unit, a more-than-century-old scientific program that maintains collections of plants and animals from across the United States.