EPA works to ease air pollution permitting process

Read the full story in The Hill. The Trump administration wants to ease the air pollution permitting process for certain power plants and manufacturers. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruittpublished a memorandum Thursday saying the agency won’t “second guess” the analyses that companies have to conduct before construction projects on their plants to determine whether they might emit …

Denver Water says molybdenum pollution could cost up to $600 million to remove from drinking water

Read the full story in the Denver Post. Colorado health officials on Wednesday ignored state scientists and delayed for two years a decision on a mining giant’s push to weaken statewide limits on molybdenum pollution of streams, including a creek flowing into Dillon Reservoir, Denver’s drinking water supply.

Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

Read the full story in the New York Times. An analysis of enforcement data by The New York Times shows that the administration has adopted a more lenient approach than the previous two administrations — Democratic and Republican — toward polluters like those in East Liverpool.

Why is dangerous chemical in common paint strippers still on the market?

Read the full story from CBS News. California is considering whether an allegedly dangerous chemical found in common paint strippers should be taken off the market. Health authorities there say dozens of people have died from exposure to methylene chloride, which can kill in minutes if inhaled. It's especially dangerous in enclosed spaces.

14 States Sue EPA for Not Releasing Smog Data

Read the full story in Governing. California and 13 other states sued the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for ignoring an Oct. 1 deadline to update the nation's map of areas with unhealthy smog levels, saying the delay is endangering children and people who suffer from lung disease.

EPA Is Extending Public Comment Period for Submitting Use and Exposure Information on Five PBT Chemicals

EPA is extending until January 12, 2018, the public comment period to receive information on the five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals subject to section 6(h) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The comments were previously due on or before December 9, 2017. EPA is interested in information from the public about these …