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Don’t Let ‘Zombie’ Projects Come Back to Life! | Dive Into Democracy

Over the past year, we have seen the Trump Administration and members of Congress try to bring “zombie” projects back to life. These are projects that previous administrations rejected due to legitimate concerns about adverse environmental impacts. For example, two months into his presidency, President Trump approved the Keystone XL pipeline after it was rejected ...


Thank You for Your Commitment to Clean Water | Dive Into Democracy

We launched Dive into Democracy in March of 2017, at a time when we were becoming overwhelmed by a deluge of federal legislative and policy developments that threatened many of the environmental protections we spent years fighting for. Since then, we have published a blog post nearly every week. We hoped that Dive into Democracy ...


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No More Budget Limbo | Dive Into Democracy

After wasting time pushing forward a disastrous tax plan, Congress is now scrambling to keep the federal government funded. Funding was set to run out on December 8, but Congress passed another continuing resolution to extend the deadline until December 22. This means that over the next week or so Congress will focus on coming ...


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Trump’s EPA Nominee Is So Bad, Even His Supporters Say No

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, passed under the Obama administration in 2016, is a critical piece of legislation that reforms the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has been deeply flawed for decades. The passage of this bill marks the first time in 40 years that the U.S. will ...


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In North Carolina, We’ve Seen How Pruitt’s Appointee Advises

By Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr and Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins  Scott Pruitt’s recent decisions to purge EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), change eligibility requirements and appoint industry-friendly members are the latest indications that the agency established to protect our environment has been captured by the polluters it was created to regulate. SAB scientists are ...


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Hydropower is NOT Clean Energy: Dams and Reservoirs are Major Drivers of Climate Change

On November 8, 2017, the House of Representatives approved a bill, H.R. 3043, that defines hydropower as a renewable energy source and fast-tracks the licensing of large, taxpayer-funded hydro-projects, claiming that the concentration of licensing power in the hands of one federal agency—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—will boost a clean source of energy. Reservoirs ...


Litter Along Our Rivers

Litter can be a personal issue. For some, the shock of seeing local wildlife munch on plastic bags spurs them to volunteer for beach clean-ups. For others, the importance of keeping our water clean hits home when family members get sick after a swim at a contaminated beach. But for many, soda cans, water bottles, ...


Pruitt Works for Industry — Not Our Waters

Co-written by Marc Yaggi and Gabrielle Segal The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is rapidly changing. Science is being driven out and big industries are taking over. The Trump administration is halting regulations on unsafe, toxic chemicals and rewriting age-old rules to make it harder to track the ramifications of said chemicals. Chlorpyrifos is among ...


Waterkeeper Alliance Takes On Ocean Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is a plague on our earth and in our waters.  Americans alone discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year — and only 8% of it gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, is burned, or becomes litter. An estimated 5 – 12 million tons of plastic pollution flows into ...


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URGENT: Protect Our Waterways From Aquatic Invaders | Dive Into Democracy

The Senate could vote as soon as today on a bill that could weaken Clean Water Act protections against the spread of invasive species in waterways. The “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act” (VIDA) has been included in a bill reauthorizing funding for the Coast Guard (S. 1129). VIDA would exempt ballast water from regulation by the ...