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Past articles by Sarah:

EPA Chief, Former Uranium Lobbyist, Eases Mining Standards

Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, who once lobbied for Energy Fuels, withdrew proposed regulations on uranium waste. → Read More

Is Trump's EPA Trying To Kill The Gulf Of Mexico?

A rule published in 2015 under Obama could have restricted pollution from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. → Read More

Ousted Zinke Proposed To Restrict FOIA Access At Interior

Ryan Zinke is out as secretary of the Interior, but in his last days in office he tried to suppress what we can learn about the destruction Trump is doing to our nation’s public lands. → Read More

In The West, It's Open Season On Nature For Big Oil

The land, most now scheduled to be sold in February and March, is home to the imperiled greater sage grouse, a ground-nesting bird known for its distinctive mating dance. → Read More

Lame-Duck GOP Congress Targets Endangered Wolves

Gray wolves have been listed as endangered or threatened in the lower 48 states since the 1960s, but the lame-duck Republican House wants to strip federal protections from most wolves. → Read More

Zinke Prepares Alaska Wilderness Giveaway For Big Oil

“Climate change is already underway in Alaska, and this lease sale will only make it worse,” said Miyoko Sakashita of the Center for Biological Diversity. → Read More

Why The EPA Won’t Get The Lead Out Of Our Water

“EPA has known about this problem for years but has yet to lift a regulatory finger,” said Kyla Bennett of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. → Read More

Handmaid’s Tale? Trump Administration Curbs Access To Birth Control

Trump health officials plan to rewrite guidelines for a federally funded family planning program to make it harder for low-income women to obtain birth control. → Read More

Interior Secretary Would Open Atlantic Marine Preserve To Commercial Fishing

The Trump administration could harm the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, a protected area of the Atlantic Ocean about 130 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass., by allowing commercial fishing. → Read More

How The GOP Bars African-Americans From Voting, Jim Crow Style

The Republican Congress has bottled up bills that could prevent disenfranchisement of African-Americans and other minorities as part of their effort to retain control of Congress. → Read More

Trump Administration Ignores Supreme Court Order On Deporatations

“Common sense compels the conclusion that a notice that does not specify when and where to appear for a removal proceeding is not a ‘notice to appear,’ ” wrote Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. → Read More

How Walker And Trump Sold Off Lake Michigan To Polluter Foxconn

Foxconn will be allowed to suck up to 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan and then dump that water. → Read More

Duck Boats: Floating And Rolling Death Traps

McDowell consulted “a transmission person, as well as the maintenance people at the local Penske Truck group and the U-Haul down the street” but no engineers, according to the lawsuit. → Read More

Trump Appointee Shuts Down Consumer Financial Protection Database

The Trump administration took down online records about abusive animal breeders, and now they’re considering ending an online complaint database about illegal fees... → Read More

Trump Regulators Allow Sales Of Baby-Killing Chairs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is being stacked by Trump appointees, voted unanimously to give companies a year to comply with the new standards. → Read More

EPA Stifles Opposition To Giant Alaska Mining Dump

The Trump administration is trying to rush through a review of the Pebble Mine in Alaska with some public hearings not even having microphones for speakers. → Read More

EPA Encouraging Utility Companies To Pollute Groundwater

Coal ash, the toxic remnants of burning coal, was not classified as hazardous waste by government regulators after a long pushback by politically powerful utilities, and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt wants to water down those regulations even further. → Read More

Pruitt's EPA Lets Automakers Escape Tougher Fuel Standards

About 79% of Americans want tougher federal fuel economy standards, but Scott Pruitt apparently is focusing on junk science from the auto industry, the same industry that once denied smog was a problem and claimed that “nobody knows” if seatbelts saved lives. → Read More

Danger: USDA May Reduce Inspectors In Slaughterhouses

Trump’s Department of Agriculture wants to cut the number of federal inspectors who examine slaughtered pigs for signs of disease and unsanitary conditions and shift some of the work to slaughterhouse employees. → Read More

Interior Secretary Zinke Waging War On Animals

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has taken aim at iconic animals like the bald eagle and the elephant with his policies and pressured subordinates at Glacier National Park in Montana to reopen the park’s lakes to motorized boats after invasive zebra mussels were found in the state. → Read More