Environmental Protection Agency Archives - State of the Planet

The Supreme Court and Radical Environmental Deregulation

We may soon see a radical anti-regulatory Supreme Court dismantling well-established regulatory practices and endangering America’s environmental quality.

by |June 21, 2022

Regulating Forever Chemicals

We are an ingenious species, and when properly motivated, we can build an economy that doesn’t poison people and the planet.

by |October 25, 2021
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Michael Regan and the Reconstruction of the U.S. EPA

The next four years should undo the damage of the past four years and put America back on the path of effective environmental policy.

by |March 15, 2021

The Declining Organizational Capacity of U.S. Environmental Agencies

We need effective state and federal environmental cops to protect the fragile blue dot in the vast vacuum of space that we call home.

by |February 17, 2020

Pruitt’s Relentless Attack on Climate Science and Environmental Regulation

The thought that it might be prudent to adapt to climate change and mitigate its impact has occurred to nearly all of the world’s leaders. However, in this country, our President and EPA Administrator are still not convinced there is a climate crisis.

by |March 12, 2018

The Slow but Steady Progression Toward Environmental Sustainability

As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, many of us reflect on the year that has past and think about the year to come. In the United States we have had a year filled with disappointment but sparked by hope.

by |December 27, 2017

Responding to the Attack on Environmental Regulation

Last week, the new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt attacked his own agency in an address to the Conservative Political Action summit. The attack on environmental regulation by the head of EPA is a remarkable nightmare. Fortunately, in our federal system, state and local officials will be able to fill in if the federal government refuses to act.

by |February 27, 2017

Why Are Mines Still Polluting? The Money’s Not There

Across the nation, abandoned mine sites continue to pollute the environment for decades as acid mine drainage flows into rivers and streams. A 1980 law was supposed to fix that, but lack of funding and enforcement have left the public stuck with the bill.

by |December 20, 2016

Leon Billings, Tom Jorling and the Origins of U.S. Environmental Law

If you had the experience of hearing Leon Billings teach and tell stories, it is hard to believe his voice is no longer with us. He was a great American and an important figure in American environmental history.

by |November 21, 2016

New Rules to Hold Mining Industry Accountable for Cleanups

A federal court has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that mining companies provide financial assurance that they can pay for any harm to the environment from their operations.

by |May 31, 2016