Trump administration cancels hundreds of Obama-era regulations

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The White House has frozen or withdrawn hundreds of planned rules, a move aimed at bolstering the economy but that scraps proposed protections for workers and the environment.

GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science ‘Transparent’ Worries Scientists

Read the full story at NPR.

Groups that represent industries from farming to fracking are supporting a legislative push to rewrite how government handles science when drawing up regulations.

And the whole effort has scientists worried.

States Grapple with Implementing E-Waste Recycling Laws

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Even though many of states are moving the needle forward on e-waste, some are running into barriers while working to implement these newly developed laws.

California lawmakers approve landmark extension to climate policy

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California’s legislature passed a package of bills that extends the state’s signature plan to address climate change by a decade, sending Governor Jerry Brown a cap-and-trade plan that uses market forces to cuts greenhouse gas emissions.

EPA to retain standards for nitrogen dioxide pollution

Read the full story in The Hill.

The Trump administration says the current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard for nitrogen dioxide pollution concentrations should stay in place.

The agency said it has completed a scientific review of the nitrogen dioxide standard from 2010 and determined that it is sufficiently protective of public health.

D.C. Court of Appeals Vacates Key Criterion for Determining Sham Recycling

Read the full story from Freeborn Attorneys at Law.

Ever since the EPA’s 1985 rulemaking on the Definition of Solid Waste, 50 Fed. Reg. 614 (1985), the question of how one distinguishes legitimate recycling from sham recycling has puzzled both regulators and recyclers. The question is vital because sham recycling is equivalent to illegal disposal and exposes the perpetrator to enforcement and significant penalties. In contrast, legitimate recycling is highly encouraged and satisfies the central purposes of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. So telling the two apart is important.

A New Phase in California’s War on Dirty Air

Read the full story in Governing.

Its ports and freight system account for a significant portion of its air pollution. Will aggressive new state and regional efforts once again serve as a model for the nation?