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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those who profess to care for the oceans that we sail on should be paying attention to the corrupt activities of Trump and his stooge Pruitt. Cutting clean-up programs, cutting penalties for violations, making it possible to avoid cleaning up coal ash. The list goes on. Here's another:

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By Scott Sonner | AP April 28 at 12:14 PM
RENO, Nev. — It was an uncharacteristically urgent demand at a U.S. Superfund site where the cleanup of an abandoned World War II-era mine has dragged on for two decades and progress is measured, at best, in years.

Atlantic Richfield, owner of the former Anaconda copper mine, was suddenly halting the free home delivery of bottled water it’s provided since 2004 to about 100 residences on a neighboring Native American reservation in Nevada where scientists continue to track the movement of a poisonous plume of groundwater.

“It is imperative that these deliveries do not take place,” an Atlantic Richfield contractor wrote this month in a series of emails obtained by The Associated Press.

The Yerington Paiute Tribe alleges the abrupt change was retaliation for its fight against a recent move that puts the state and the company in charge of cleaning up the mine site instead of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Over the tribe’s staunch objections, the EPA in February backed off plans in the works for years to formally elevate the mine to priority status on a list of the most contaminated Superfund sites.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/ap-exclusive-water-delivery-suspended-in-nevada-mine-battle/2018/04/28/779be80a-4afc-11e8-8082-105a446d19b8_story.html?utm_term=.ac4ad37314e2
The site is owned by Atlantic Richfield, who has avoided cleaning it up for 20 years. Another payoff to the Koch cabal.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No true waterman would approved of this shit.

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Trump EPA Slammed for Ag Giant's 'Absurdly Low' Pesticide Fine
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement this week with Syngenta Seeds, LLC over violations of federal pesticide regulations at its farm in Kauai, Hawaii.

The company, a subsidiary of Swiss biotech giant Syngenta AG, agreed to pay a civil penalty of $150,000 and spend another $400,000 on worker protection training sessions.

"Reducing pesticide exposure for the millions of farmworkers who cultivate our food is a high priority for EPA," said Alexis Strauss, EPA's acting regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "This settlement will bring to Hawaii and Pacific Island growers much-needed training to protect agricultural workers."

That fine, however, is a tiny fraction of the $4.8 million in civil penalties initially sought by President Obama's EPA.

According to an EPA complaint, on Jan. 29, 2016, 19 workers entered a Syngenta field recently sprayed with a restricted use organophosphate insecticide. Ten of these workers had to be taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

The EPA alleged that Syngenta misused the pesticide "Lorsban Advanced," and failed to notify workers to avoid the field. The active ingredient in "Lorsban Advanced" happens to be chlorpyrifos, a controversial insecticide linked to a host of health and environmental problems. It was said that Syngenta allowed workers to enter the site without protective gear and did not provide adequate decontamination supplies at the field, nor did it supply prompt transportation for emergency medical care.

Then, in an amended complaint filed this month, Syngenta again violated pesticide use rules in January 2017 after a worker sprayed chlorpyrifos on a field but did warn work crews about the treated areas. One worker who said he was exposed experienced "adverse health effects" as a result.

Chlorpyrifos is widely used in citrus, nuts and orchards. Chemical maker Dow Chemical sells about 5 million pounds of it in the U.S. each year.

But chlorpyrifos is acutely toxic and associated with neurodevelopmental harms in children. Furthermore, the EPA released a report indicating that that 97 percent of the more than 1,800 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by the commonly used insecticide.

But in March 2017, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt scrapped Obama-era plans to ban the toxic chemical.


And then there are these:
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Former Comcast lobbyist Richard Smotkin, a friend of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, helped arrange the administrator's trip to Morocco in December and accompanied him throughout the trip, a few months before Smotkin, in April, received a $40,000-a-month contract with Morocco's government to promote its interests, retroactive to the start of this year. The trip cost over $100,000, more than twice the amount previously reported, according to obtained information. (The Washington Post)

Ryan Jackson, who was eventually to become Pruitt's chief of staff, asked EPA staffers to look into opening an office in Pruitt's hometown of Tulsa, Okla., according to unpublished federal emails cited by congressional Democrats in letters to both General Services Administrator Emily Murphy and Pruitt. The request was made more than two weeks before Pruitt was confirmed to the EPA, and while EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said the agency has had a small satellite office in Tulsa since 2012, he added that Pruitt "has never used this office." ( CNN)
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And there is more:

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According to records obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, consultant Matthew C. Freedman, who used to lobby on behalf of foreign governments, helped arrange a trip for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to Australia last year, which was ultimately canceled due to Hurricane Harvey. To set up the trip, Freedman worked with both Pruitt aides and lobbyist Richard Smotkin, who was recently found to have helped coordinate Pruitt's trip in December to Morocco a few months before Smotkin registered as a foreign agent with Morocco. ( The Washington Post)

J. Steven Hart, the lobbyist whose wife rented Pruitt a condo in Washington, advocated for three individuals for a client who wanted them appointed to an EPA science advisory board, according to a newly released memo. The client is Dennis Treacy, president of the Smithfield Foundation, a group tied to Smithfield Foods Inc., which paid Hart's firm $280,000 in lobbying fees in 2017. (The Associated Press)


The crime family at work.
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And there is more from the bigger alligator who thinks he owns the swamp: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/us/scott-pruitt-lobbyist-house.html
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/climate/epa-pruitt-emails-secrecy.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New depths of "draining the swamp."

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As energy observers awaited an announcement by the administration on changes to biofuel policies, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said at an energy policy forum that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt "is about as swampy as you get" and accused him of lying to her and other senators last year in promising to uphold federal biofuel blending requirements. Separately, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters that the EPA's recent moves on the Renewable Fuel Standard are "being very much driven by Big Oil" and that the agency is "part of this Washington swamp." ( Politico)
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good riddens you corrupt piece if human filth...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott Pruitt is a scum bag. Thanks to the rule of law, his damage will be limited.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to developmental and neurological damage, within 60 days. The court found that the EPA under former Administrator Scott Pruitt had "no justification" for deciding in March 2017 not to revoke the chemical's presence in food under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. (The Hill)
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