Dr. Robert Phalen: Who is the EPA’s Latest Advisory Panel Appointee?

Read the full post at Second Nexus. Dr. Robert Phalen’s life philosophy seems to be summed up in the old adage: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Phalen is one of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent additions to three scientific advisory panels, and he actually thinks that spewing pollutants into the atmosphere is a …

As “Climate Change” Fades from Government Sites, a Struggle to Archive Data

Read the full story from Frontline. When the Environmental Protection Agency’s website underwent an overhaul of climate change information on a Friday in late April, Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, both Harvard Ph.D. students in applied physics, set off to figure out what was gone. Sitting in their shared Washington, D.C. apartment, they started a spreadsheet …

California AG on Trump EPA: ‘It’s almost as if they believe they’re above the law’

Read the full story in The Hill. California’s Democratic attorney general slammed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday, accusing the agency of insufficient transparency and policies that hurt the state under President Trump. At a National Press Club event in Washington, Xavier Becerra repeatedly cited a lawsuit he filed regarding a Freedom of Information Act request as …

Ohio State researcher defies EPA advisory board policy, refuses to resign

Read the full story in The Lantern. An Ohio State professor is taking a stand against the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, after he banned scientists who receive EPA funding from serving on any of the agency’s 22 advisory boards. Despite receiving an email Nov. 3 implying her resignation, Robyn Wilson, an associate professor …

EPA swaps top science advisers with industry allies

Read the full story from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Eleven new members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board have a history of downplaying the health risks of secondhand smoke, air pollution and other hazards, including two who have spun science for tobacco companies, according to an investigation by Reveal from The Center …

The Energy 202: This EPA nominee may be the first Trump appointee to be defeated by Congress

Read the full story from the Washington Post. Thus far, no Trump nominee, however, has actually been defeated by the full Senate -- it only takes 50 votes, remember, to reject a nomination because Senate Democrats when they last held the majority changed the rules to require just a simple majority to approve executive branch and federal judicial nominations …