Environment

A New Office of Environmental Justice is Announced

New Justice Dept. office will take on polluters in hard-hit communities

Twice Burned

How the U.S. military’s toxic burn pits are poisoning Americans — overseas and at home

USPS Is Facing New Legal Challenges to Its Vehicle Contract and Its Authority to Increase Prices

Environmental groups and a union are suing the Postal Service over its failure to buy more electric vehicles, while mailers are fighting rate hikes.

Biden Signs Earth Day Executive Order to Protect Old-growth Forests

The order contains vague language around logging, disappointing some environmentalists calling for a ban on the practice on federal lands.

Cows, Coal and Climate Change: A Q&A with the New BLM Director

Tracy Stone-Manning discusses how the federal agency sees conservation, the climate crisis and the Indigenous history of public lands.

Biden: Federal Agencies Must Consider Climate Impacts of Infrastructure Projects

The changes to the National Environmental Policy Act reverse Trump-era rollbacks, impacting projects from roads to railways to pipelines.

Scientists Identify the Missing Ingredient for Climate Action: Political Will

The IPCC's latest report finally recognizes the social barriers to climate action.

What Federal Acquisition Personnel Can Do Right Now to Support Sustainability

Federal officials and government purchasing experts showed off tools and resources to help make federal procurement and acquisitions more sustainable and energy efficient.

Agency Officials Defend Biden's Proposed Hiring Surges to Congress

USCIS, for example, says it cannot respond to immigration emergencies without more staff.

She’s Supposed to Protect Americans From Toxic Chemicals. First, She Just Has to Fix Trump’s Mess and Decades of Neglect.

Biden promised to prioritize people over polluters. His pick to deliver that, Michal Freedhoff, is facing a bare-bones budget, demoralized staff and increasingly angry advocates.

U.S. Plans New Safety Rules to Crack Down on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Portable Generators

The announcement comes two months after an investigation by ProPublica, The Texas Tribune and NBC News detailed the deadly cost of the government’s failure to regulate portable generators.

The Postal Service Has Rejected Biden's Push for More Electric Vehicles

The agency's decision to stick with its original plan marks "a crucial lost opportunity," the Biden administration says.

The EPA Rejects Texas’ More Lenient Standard for Highly Toxic Air Pollutant

In the wake of an investigation by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune into the widely used chemical ethylene oxide, the EPA has moved to reject a less protective standard crafted by Texas regulators and backed by the chemical industry.

The EPA is Taking Action to Combat Industrial Air Pollution

The EPA announced a raft of targeted actions and specific reforms including stepped-up air monitoring and scrutiny of industrial polluters in the wake of ProPublica’s investigation into toxic hot spots.