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Friday, August 17, 2018

How Walker And Trump Sold Off Lake Michigan To Polluter Foxconn

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

Get paid to pollute!

That’s the unspoken new policy of the Trump administration and its ally in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker. Their administrations are giving environmental protection waivers together with billions of dollars in subsidies to Foxconn, the giant Taiwan manufacturer best known for assembling iPhones.

Foxconn will be allowed to suck up to 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan and then dump that water, which may be laced with pollutants from making liquid crystal display panels, back into the lake.

Local officials are aghast. They understand the dangers to health and tourism if America goes back to the pre-Nixon policies of treating the Great Lakes as an industrial toxic waste pond.…

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Judge: Federal Agencies Twisted Rules To Protect Damaging Pipeline

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

 

A week ago, the federal government halted work on a massive pipeline project that runs from Northern West Virginia through Southern Virginia.

The government said it had no choice but to order work on the multibillion-dollar Mountain Valley Pipeline stopped after a federal appeals court ruled that two federal agencies had neglected to follow important environmental protections when they approved the project.

The court had found that the U.S. Forest Service had suddenly dropped — without any explanation — its longstanding concerns that soil erosion from the pipeline would harm rivers, streams and aquatic life.



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Trump’s EPA Bringing Back Deadly Asbestos — From Russia

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

The Trump administration has gutted environmental protection rules so drastically that asbestos — one of the most dangerous carcinogens ever used in construction — is now once again legal for new uses in U.S. manufacturing.

Asbestos was once widely used in building materials until it was directly linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma. Every year, asbestos still kills 12,000 to 15,000 people in the United States.

The U.S. is one of very few countries worldwide that haven’t yet banned asbestos completely. Its use is, instead, heavily restricted in the U.S.

But now the Trump administration is dramatically loosening those restrictions, which will risk thousands more lives.…

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