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(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — The Endangered Species Act (ESA/the Act), in its original form, required listing decisions to be made based on science and trade data without any other considerations given for any reason. But a Trump Administration rollback in 2017 and finalized on…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — On Aug. 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) fulfilled its obligation to Congress and released the parameters it would use to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to commercial oil and gas development for the first time.…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — On August 13, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled back methane emission standards for the oil and gas industry, and it’s not the only substance the agency plans to liberate from regulatory control. The rules being rescinded required producers to…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — In what prominent conservation group WildEarth Guardians (Guardians) is calling “death by a thousand cuts,” the Trump Administration is at it again, with another proposed change that would weaken the overwhelmingly popular Endangered Species Act (ESA/the Act). This go-round features an attempt to…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — At the end of July, a coalition of environmental non-profits sounded the alarm about the “concerning, big-picture trend” across federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) while “the nation has been otherwise preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic.” In several recent moves,…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — As demonstrations begin to change their focus and possibly wind down following the charges brought against the four officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, police officers and protestors face an insidious threat: COVID-19. Coronavirus is still active, and politicians and the medical…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Both New York (ranked fourth by total population) and California (ranked first) harbor huge populations compared to other U.S. states, and both were visited by millions of foreign travellers in the months leading up to the COVID-19 outbreak that started in January. However, New…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — When members from Trump’s team announced rollbacks of the Clean Water Act (CWA) on Jan. 23, 2020, EnviroNews immediately reached out to, and interviewed, two of the nation’s heaviest hitters in the fight to protect America’s vital water resources: Erin Brockovich and Robert F.…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — On Jan. 23, 2020, President Donald J. Trump, while undergoing an impeachment trial in the Senate, gutted the Clean Water Act (CWA), with rollbacks that some critics said take the country back to a time before Ronald Reagan. Environmental groups and media outlets went…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — On Jan. 23, 2020, the Trump Administration finalized a rule rolling back the Clean Water Act (the Act), marking the first time it has ever been reduced in power outside of the courts. Specifically, the changes lay waste to protections for ephemeral and intermittent…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. —  Only hours after receiving a chiding letter from 91 prominent environmental and advocacy groups demanding the immediate removal of Acting Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director William Perry Pendley, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt extended his contract — again. The…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington DC — Signed into law in 1973 by President Richard Nixon, the Endangered Species Act (ESA/the Act) is bar none, one of the most popular pieces of legislation in America. But that hasn’t stopped the Trump Administration from attempting to undermine and…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — On September 12, 2019, the Trump Administration announced its plan to open up Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to commercial oil drilling for the very first time. The victory for the oil industry came in a Department of the…