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Seven Attorneys General Call on EPA to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Fracking

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By Aaron Mintzes

December 12, 2012

Yesterday, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he will lead a seven state coalition intending to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not following through on its obligations under the Clean Air Act. The Attorneys General from New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont take issue with the EPA’s new air rules on hydraulic fracturing in large measure because they do not do enough to curb climate change.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, methane, attorney general, epa air rules

House Majority Questions the Integrity of Agency Scientists

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By Aaron Mintzes

December 7, 2012

Politicians decide policy; scientists help inform policy decisions by explaining the world we live in. So, it’s disappointing to hear politicians accuse scientists of playing politics. The most recent example of this involves a letter a number of senior GOP House members sent to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The letter openly questions the scientific objectivity of a little known agency within HHS called the (I’m not making this up) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

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Tagged with: epa, public health, pavillion, science, atsdr

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