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Despite court challenge, California pushes forward with retirement program for all workers in state

[Source: Los Angeles Times] Workers at architecture firm and general contractor Walker Workshop have planned and built high-end homes from Long Island to the Hollywood Hills. But planning for retirement and building savings is another story. Like many small business, the 16-employee Los Angeles company doesn’t offer a pension or 401(k) plan. Starting in January, Read More…

Trump says he will name EPA’s acting chief Andrew Wheeler to post permanently

[Source: Los Angeles Times] President Trump says he will name the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting head, Andrew Wheeler, to the post permanently. Trump made the announcement almost in passing Friday at a White House ceremony for Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees. The president singled out Wheeler in the audience at the ceremony, adding Wheeler “is Read More…

State sues Quemetco, says battery recycling plant in City of Industry is guilty of 29 violations

[Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune] The state attorney general has sued Quemetco, the battery-recycling facility in City of Industry, citing 29 alleged violations involving failures to stop hazardous waste from migrating into the neighborhood and the underground aquifer, a source of drinking water for more than a million Los Angeles County residents, according to the Read More…

Ozone hole modest despite optimum conditions for ozone depletion

[Source: Ellen Gray, NASA] The ozone hole that forms in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica each September was slightly above average size in 2018, NOAA and NASA scientists reported today. Colder-than-average temperatures in the Antarctic stratosphere created ideal conditions for destroying ozone this year, but declining levels of ozone-depleting chemicals prevented the hole from as Read More…

As Trump slashes environmental regulations, the EPA union forms the crux of an internal resistance

[Source: Salon] Salon talked to the head of a government employees union about the president’s disastrous environmental policies. For all of the horrifying policies being implemented by President Donald Trump, perhaps the most terrifying prospect is the potential for his climate change attitudes to bring about to the destruction of life on Earth as we know it. As the Read More…

Democrats to target Trump environmental rollbacks if they win House

[Source: Bloomberg] Democratic lawmakers are quietly making plans to use hearings and investigations to focus attention on the Trump administration’s environmental agenda if they win control of the House of Representatives. Because they are less likely to capture the Senate, Democrats would have limited opportunities to enact laws. But they can assert themselves in the Read More…