August 23, 2017
August 9, 2017a study by me about how the Environmental Protection Agency has leveraged regulatory enforcement to create its own power of the purse.
Here’s how it works: The agency sues an alleged violator of the Clean Air Act. Instead of...
August 3, 2017Bloomberg reports some good news this week: Honeybee hive health has improved and so-called colony collapse disorder (CCD) is less of a problem than it was before. Yet CCD has never really been the major challenge to bees. Environmental...
July 18, 2017study claims to have finally proven that certain pesticides are harming both honeybees and wild bees, and news headlines have sounded the alarm. For example, a Los Angeles Times...
July 12, 2017
If you are like me, and you are exposed to a lot of reporting from members of the Society of Environmental Journalists, then you are subject to a number of common themes, including:
- Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency was terrific and noble
- Trump’s EPA is terrible and does only what industry wants
- Science Advisory Panels are essential inputs of pure unadulterated science
- There’s no such thing as secret science at the EPA
The recent kerfuffle over chlorpyrifos demonstrates how these tropes can conflict.
Chlorpyrifos is a widely-used pesticide. Under the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetics Act, food containing pesticide residues is considered to be unsafe and therefore “adulterated,” and such food cannot be distributed in interstate commerce, unless the EPA has established a “tolerance” for the residue.
EPA Should Use Review of Mercury and Air Toxics 'Supplemental Analysis' to Put 'Co-benefits' in the GraveJune 12, 2017
In late April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit paused five year-old litigation over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, while the Trump administration reviews the Obama administration’s legal and regulatory posture. Here’s how we got here:
May 16, 2017letter sent yesterday to President Donald J. Trump. The IECA is a nonpartisan...
April 17, 2017
Some observers express doubt that the Trump administration can cut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget by 31 percent and still fund implementation of...
January 23, 2017hearing on the...
January 12, 2017announcement that has placed the rusty patched bumble bee on the U.S....