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Can Coronavirus cool our climate?
« Reply #840 on: April 12, 2020, 10:09:21 pm »
Can Coronavirus cool our climate?
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Coronavirus, or more specifically COVID-19, is understandably dominating our thoughts and everyday lives right now. Staying safe and saving as many lives as possible are, quite rightly, top priority for our governments. But buried away in the back rooms of power, teams of bureaucrats are also trying to agree exactly what policies to employ as we come out of this pandemic, and whether we might actually have a once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape the way we run our societies.

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April 24th, 2020 by Steve Hanley


US Aquifers. Credit: USGS

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This is a huge deal. Until now, polluters have insulated their nefarious conduct from judicial review by claiming the law does not apply if pollution travels through groundwater. That fiction has now been dismissed by the Supreme Court. ... ...

Fun & Games In High Places

Who says lawyers don’t have a sense of humor? The arguments presented to the court included such amusing hypotheticals as whether whiskey added to punch from a flask could be said to be “from” the original bottle or, indeed, from a barrel in Scotland.

The judges themselves joined in the fun by debating among themselves whether a traveler could be said to have simultaneously come from the train station, Baltimore, and Europe, and whether a recipe calling for adding drippings from meat to gravy made sense when the drippings were collected from a pan. Such frivolity is seldom seen in the exalted halls of justice.

Justice Breyer, writing for the majority, chided both sides for taking extreme positions, apparently unaware that extreme positions are the norm these days outside the august halls of the Supreme Court. In his decision, he said the standard should be whether “the addition of the pollutants through groundwater is the functional equivalent of a direct discharge from the point source into navigable waters.” The decision will now create a whole new class of attorneys who spend their entire careers arguing over the meaning of the phrase “functional equivalent.”

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Are Hansen • 8 hours ago
Amazing that the rat hole of reactionaries currently constituting the US Supreme Court made a rational decision, Kavanaugh and all

Steve Hanley > Are Hansen • 5 hours ago
Yeah, that really is the big news about this decision.

agelbertSteve Hanley • 13 minutes ago • edited
I predict the rational actions of these reactionaries will turn to a complete reversal back to "profitable" irrationallity on the issue of Fracking wells presently polluting the aquifers all over the USA. As you are correctly predicting, the definition of "Functional Equivalent" will be subject to Orwellian Legalese mendacity.









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U.S. Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Are 15 Percent Higher Than We Thought

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An unprecedented analysis from Pennsylvania uncovers flaws in the national data.
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May 5th, 2020 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on blog of Union of Concerned Scientists.
by Taryn MacKinney, Investigative Researcher





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Under President Trump’s EPA, these proposed bans were buried, but scientists persevered. In December 2019, EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) conducted a draft risk evaluation of TCE, which used fetal heart defects as a baseline for determining unsafe exposure levels. Given that heart malformation “is the effect that is most sensitive,” it reads, “it is expected that addressing risks for this effect would address other identified risks.”

But this draft evaluation never went public.

The White House rewrote the risk evaluation for a toxic chemical

An investigation by Reveal outlines what happened to it, and how things went wrong — namely, when the document reached the White House’s Executive Office of the President (EOP). The EPA routinely sends its evaluations to other agencies for review, but the EOP’s “review” was far from routine: in unsigned emails and anonymous redline edits, EOP officials directed EPA scientists to discard the science on TCE’s role in fetal heart defects.

The EOP-edited version pays lip service to TCE’s connection to heart defects but notes “uncertainties which decrease EPA’s confidence in this endpoint.” The better bet, the new version continues, is to rely on immunosuppression, or the weakening of the immune system, as the baseline for “unreasonable risk.”

However, the exposure levels at which TCE triggers immunosuppression is almost 500 times higher than the levels found to trigger congenital heart defects. In other words, the EOP changes echo a common industry argument: TCE might be linked to poor health outcomes, but only at very high or chronic exposures. To cement this reversal, the White House deleted every one of the scientists’ 322 uses of the phrase “cardiac toxicity,” and bumped up mentions of “immunosuppression” more than 30-fold.

We don’t know for sure who orchestrated these changes, but we have our suspicions. 😈 Nancy Beck, a former lobbyist for one of the chemical industry’s largest trade associations, began working at EPA under the Trump administration.

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Steve_S • 3 hours ago
1) The Depopulation process is underway and aided by "natural events" which could have been prevented.
2) For Profit Pharma & Medical care money stream is more guaranteed for the profiteers of illness.
3) Anyone earning less than $1,000,000 is a disposable peasant / serf and only serve to funnel cash into the profiteer agencies.
4) Anyone earning less than $100,000 per anum are of no concern and irrelevant if they require any support, they are only to service the income streams for The Corporate "New Order".

Environmental Events boosted by increasing toxicity of land / water & air all reduce the populations without incurring the costs of military actions. It is also passive as it is non-military and therefore as non-aggressive it warrants no international condemnation or action on the part of others.

What a perfect little situation for the few profiteers... known as The New Order...

agelbert > Steve_S • 2 minutes ago
You are right on all counts. You have presented a near perfect description of the Social Darwinist Ideology/Religion mens rea modus operandi.

Human Inequity is directly proportional to the amount of human iniquity.
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Re: Pollution
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June 12, 2021

By Guest Contributor 👉 Originally published on EPA.

EPA To Reexamine Health Standards For Harmful Soot That Trump Administration Left Unchanged

This week, EPA announced that it will reconsider the previous administration’s decision to retain the particulate matter (PM) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which were last strengthened in 2012. EPA is reconsidering the December 2020 decision because available scientific evidence and technical information indicate that the current standards may not be adequate to protect public health and welfare, as required by the Clean Air Act.

“The most vulnerable among us are most at risk from exposure to particulate matter, and that’s why it’s so important we take a hard look at these standards that haven’t been updated in nine years,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “EPA is committed to ensuring this review, and other upcoming NAAQS reviews, reflect the latest science and public health data.”

The strong body of scientific evidence shows that long- and short-term exposures to fine particles (PM2.5) can harm people’s health, leading to heart attacks, asthma attacks, and premature death. Large segments of the U.S. population, including children, people with heart or lung conditions, and people of color, are at risk of health effects from PM2.5. In addition, a number of recent studies have examined relationships between COVID and air pollutants, including PM, and potential health implications. While some PM is emitted directly from sources such as construction sites, unpaved roads, fields, smokestacks or fires, most particles form in the atmosphere as a result of complex reactions of chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, which are pollutants emitted from power plants, industrial facilities and vehicles.

EPA’s 2020 Policy Assessment concluded that the scientific evidence and information support revising the level of the annual standard for the PM NAAQS to below the current level of 12 micrograms per cubic meter while retaining the 24-hour standard. The agency also received numerous petitions for reconsideration as well as lawsuits challenging the December 2020 final action.

EPA will move expeditiously to reconsider the decision to retain the particulate matter NAAQS, in a manner that adheres to rigorous standards of scientific integrity and provides ample opportunities for public input and engagement. As part of this process, the agency will develop a supplement to the 2019 Final Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) that will take into account the most up-to-date science, including new studies in the emerging area of COVID-related research.

This supplement will be reviewed at a public meeting by the chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), supported by a particulate matter review panel of scientific experts on the health and welfare impacts of PM. The CASAC and the PM panel will also review a revised policy assessment and formulate advice to the Administrator. As with all reviews, the public will have opportunities to comment on these documents during the CASAC review process, as well as to provide input during the rulemaking through the public comment process and public hearings on any proposed decision.

EPA expects to issue a proposed rulemaking in Summer 2022 and a final rule in Spring 2023, following an open, transparent process with opportunities for public review and comment. In accordance with Executive Orders and guidance, the agency will be considering environmental justice during the rulemaking process.

For more information on the NAAQS review process and documents related to prior PM NAAQS reviews, visit https://www.epa.gov/naaqs/particulate-matter-pm-air-quality-standards

https://cleantechnica.com/2021/06/12/epa-to-reexamine-health-standards-for-harmful-soot-that-trump-administration-left-unchanged/

Agelbert NOTE: For those who think Trump "wasn't that bad" (SEE: greed based selective memory), here's a brief summary of just the first year (it got WORSE after that) of the despicably damaging to human health actions mayhem by bought and paid for Trump on behalf of his 🦖 Hydrocarbon 😈 Hellspawn Enablers:




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PFAS Great Lakes POLLUTION
« Reply #848 on: June 15, 2021, 12:06:40 pm »


By  Audrey Nakagawa Jun. 11, 2021 11:15AM

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It's Raining 'Forever Chemicals' Around the Great Lakes

It's raining toxins in the Great Lakes region. A team of American and Canadian scientists found high levels of PFAS chemicals, known as "forever chemicals," after studying the rainfall in six different sites across the region.

PFAS are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. First used in the U.S. in the 1940s, the chemicals don't break down and can accumulate as time goes on. The PFAS can continue to be ☠️ toxic to humans years later and have shown up in both snow and rain. Samples of rainwater from the area contained PFAS levels of 100 to 400 parts per trillion (ppt) :o — the EPA's safe limit for drinking water is 70 ppt.

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July 2, 2021

Fire next to Pemex’s Ku Maloob Zaap offshore platform complex


Mexico’s 🦕 Pemex Battles Crazy Fire Near Offshore 🦕 Oil Platform in Gulf of Mexico
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An update from Pemex said the fire was extinguished at about 10:45 a.m.

By Amy Stillman (Bloomberg) —

A fire has broken out near Pemex’s Ku Maloob Zaap offshore platform complex after a submarine pipeline valve broke, leaking oil into the country’s Gulf Coast.

A video posted on social media showed three ships trying to suffocate a fire emerging from the sea, very close to an offshore platform. A Pemex representative didn’t respond to a request for comment or confirm the video footage.

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How Pesticide Companies ☠️ Poisoned America
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How Pesticide 😈 Companies ☠️ Poisoned America

In 1970 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established to “fight a war on pollution,” in the words of President Richard Nixon. But in short order, powerful agrochemical companies weakened — and sometimes completely eviscerated — the agency’s ability to protect human health, wildlife and the environment from pesticides.

A new article at The Intercept documents how this happened and what it’s cost us. Citing a report by the Center’s Nathan Donley and sharing the perspective of our Environmental Health Program Director Lori Ann Burd, it’s the most comprehensive account we’ve seen yet of the tragic failures of the EPA’s pesticide office.  >:(
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Re: Pollution
« Reply #852 on: July 21, 2021, 01:45:16 pm »


July 21, 2021



The deadly red tide has returned to Florida's Tampa Bay killing up to 600 tons worth of fish since this past June. In response, more than 100 protestors marched along the St. Petersburg waterfront this past weekend calling for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency so that Florida can allocate the funds to address the mass death of marine life. However, DeSantis responded by saying that there is enough funding available from the state's Department of Environmental Protection without the declaration.

The reoccurring red tide is caused by an overabundance of the algae Karenia brevis naturally occurs in the Gulf of Mexico, but is made worse by nutrient pollution. The previous major outbreak was in 2018 and this year's bloom may be even worst.




With #PlasticFreeJuly upon us, there has been a necessary, global focus on curbing plastic pollution and other trash that comes from land and often ends up in the sea. Now, in partnership with Plastic Oceans International, EcoWatch is highlighting the dangers of another land-based source of ecological harm: runoff.

According to the United States Geological Survey, runoff naturally occurs after rain falls onto a landscape. The water doesn't just sit on top of the ground; some seeps into soils to refresh groundwater, but most flows across ecosystems as surface runoff. In this way, runoff is an important part of the natural water cycle.
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September 3, 2021

Federal Judge Vacates Major  🦖 Clean Water Act Regulation

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A Federal judge has vacated and remanded EPA's 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a regulation that narrowed the Agency's enforcement jurisdiction following legal challenges to a 2015 Clean Water Act rulemaking. ...  ...

In the decision to vacate and remand the 2020 NWPR, the Arizona judge expressed concern that the rule failed to adequately protect the nation’s waters. The Rule’s “fundamental, substantive flaws,” the judge wrote, “cannot be cured without revising or replacing the NWPR’s definition of ‘Waters of the United States.’”

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LION TECHNOLOGY NEWS UPDATES & INSIGHTS FOR EHS PROS
September 7, 2021


Chemical Blending Facility Pays $30K for Haz Waste Violations

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An oilfield chemical blending facility in Sonora, TX faces a $31,404 penalty for alleged industrial and hazardous waste violations after inspectors discovered oily discharge on the ground near a chemical storage area.

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