Anti-secrecy lawsuits soaring against Pruitt’s EPA

Read the full story at Politico.

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.

Eliminating Toxics in Carpet: Lessons for the Future of Recycling

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Eliminating Toxics in Carpets: Lessons for the Future of Recyclinga new report by the Healthy Building Network (HBN), calls for eliminating over 40 highly toxic chemicals in carpets that threaten public health and impede recycling. These toxics are known to cause respiratory disease, heart attacks, strokes, asthma, and immune and developmental health problems in children. The report outlines strategies to protect public health and the environment by eliminating these hazardous chemicals from carpets, increasing carpet recycling rates, and improving product transparency.

Major EPA reorganization will end science research program

Read the full story in The Hill.

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).

Engaging high school students in environmental health: A young scientist makes an impact

Read the full story from the Silent Spring Institute.

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.

U.S. seeks to slash use of animals in chemical safety testing

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

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.

California’s Green Chemistry Agency Issues Its Draft 2018-2020 Three-Year Priority Product Work Plan

Read the full story at Lexology.

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.

MLB, ASU students team up to hit home run on zero-waste initiative

Read the full story from KTAR.

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.

Mussels modify sinking of small-sized ocean plastics

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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.

Trump has long vowed to slash government. Now the knives are finally coming out.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

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.

Yale Environment 360 Seeking a Senior Editor

Yale Environment 360 is seeking a senior-level editor to develop, edit, and package editorial content for this award-winning online magazine based at Yale University. Candidates should have strong journalism experience and excellent editing and writing skills and be highly knowledgeable about global environmental issues.
Yale Environment 360 is an international publication of original reporting, analysis, and opinion on environmental issues. This is a full-time job based at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT, with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to put “Editing Job” in the subject field.