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Trump administration rushing to reverse hundreds of rules before Trump leaves office

One of President Donald Trump’s big goals when he was elected was to cut regulations and reduce the size of the federal government. Trump claimed when campaigning that regulations were harmful to American businesses and Wall Street. Read more →

In this year of change, the changes keep coming

I should have been more prepared. The Australians warned us. The wildfires they experienced during their summer fire season were the worst in history. But here I am. Not only staying home due to covid-19, but now, I have to stay inside due to smoky air from wildfires throughout the West Coast. Read more →

20 books to read about food this summer

The world as we know it is changing due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as it exposes inequities in the health and food systems, many people hope that the pandemic offers an opportunity to build a new and more sustainable food system. To understand what it will take to move forward, the Food Tank has compiled its summer reading list to examine the issues that affect the country's food system today. These 20 books provide insight into food access and justice in black communities, food relief and school nutrition programs, the effects of technology on global food supply chains, the relationship between climate change and food production, and more: "Be My Guest: Reflections on Food, Community, and the Meaning of Generosity" by Priya Basil. Forthcoming November 2020 Priya Basil explores the meaning of hospitality within a variety of cultural, linguistic, and sociopolitical contexts. Basil uses her cross-cultural experience to illustrate how food amplifies discourse within families and touches on the hospitality and the lack thereof that migrants and refugees experience. Read more →

21 attorneys general file lawsuit against Trump administration for limiting the state's regulatory authority under Clean Water Act

Twenty-one attorneys general filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule limiting state authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. For more than three decades, the EPA has said that Section 401 provides states with the authority to approve, impose conditions on, or deny certification for federally permitted projects. Read more →

Trump continues to slash environmental laws, this time gutting environmental review

The Trump administration finalized its proposal Wednesday to gut more than 40 years of environmental law. The White House Council on Environmental Quality released the final text of a sweeping rule which will gut core parts of the National Environmental Policy Act, a safeguard for communities’ clean air, clean water, and health, as well as endangered species and wild lands. Read more →

Most sunscreens provide poor protection or contain questionable ingredients, environmental group says

If you’re going to leave your home and go outside, remember to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. To help consumers select a sunscreen, the Environmental Working Group has released its 14th annual “Guide to Sunscreens.” Researchers rated the safety and effectiveness of more than 1,300 SPF products – including sunscreens, moisturizers, and lip balms – and found that only 25 percent offer adequate protection and don’t contain worrisome ingredients such as oxybenzone, a potential hormone-disrupting chemical that’s readily absorbed by the body. Despite a delay in finalizing rules that would make all sunscreens on U.S. store shelves safer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is completing tests that highlight concerns with common sunscreen ingredients. Last year, the agency published two studies showing that, with just a single application, six chemical active ingredients, including oxybenzone, are readily absorbed through the skin and could be detected in bodies at levels that could cause harm. Read more →

For the first time in 20 years, AAA won’t make a Memorial Day travel forecast

Gas prices continue to increase across the country with nearly every state’s average increasing by an average of 4 cents. At the start of the Memorial Day work week, the national gas price average is $1.87. The last time the national gas price average leading into the holiday was under $2 a gallon was in 2003. That year motorists paid, on average, $1.50 to fill-up. “Gas prices around Memorial Day have not been this cheap in nearly 20 years,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “However, as the country continues to practice social distancing, this year’s unofficial kick-off to summer is not going to drive the typical millions of Americans to travel.” Read more →

Don’t give businesses immunity from liability for exposing workers or consumers to covid-19, consumer groups say

No business should be given immunity from potential liability for exposing workers or customers to covid-19, Public Citizen and 117 other groups said Wednesday in a letter to leaders in Congress. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has called for businesses to be immune from liability if their workers and customers get sick because a business failed to take reasonable steps to protect people. Such a proposal, if enacted, would undermine consumer and worker protections, reward negligent conduct, and show unwarranted disrespect for state law, the groups said. “[W]e strongly oppose any legislation that would establish nationwide immunity for businesses that operate in an unreasonably unsafe manner, causing returning workers and consumers to risk COVID-19 infection,” the groups wrote. “Removing legal accountability for businesses not only would jeopardize the health and safety of workers, it would also jeopardize everyone who enters those workplaces. This would be extremely damaging to the nation’s economic recovery.” Read more →