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By Delaying Chemical Safety Rule, Pruitt Endangers First Responders and Refinery Towns

Daniel Ross Truthout
At 8:48 a.m. on the morning of February 18, 2015, an explosion at the ExxonMobil Torrance refinery in Southern California ripped through the facility with such ferocity, the resulting shockwaves registered on the Richter scale. Dust was scattered over the densely populated neighborhood up to a mile away from the blast. Four workers suffered minor injuries.

Why Scientists Are Marching on Washington and More Than 400 Other Cities; March for Science & Peoples Climate March are Inherently Connected

Joel Achenbach, Ben Guarino, Sarah Kaplan; 350.org Chicago Tribune
The Science March is about respecting science, the Peoples Climate March is about acting on it. One march is about listening to science, the other is about acting on it. Today's march, taking place on Earth Day, will march in defense of truth and scientific fact. Next week the Peoples Climate March will put forward a vision to build bold solutions that tackle climate change, create and retain fair jobs, and bring forth justice truly for all.

Why It's so Hard to Regulate Fracking

Justin Miller The American Prospect
The initial scope of the EPA fracking study was ambitious, though certainly not unachievable. The inherent problem, however, with technical studies of complex industry practices is that the EPA relies heavily on the willingness of the industry to give the agency access.

Mel Packer: Coal Miners Are Mad…and Scared. And they have a right to be.

Mel Packer Vox Populi
Why are union miners falling for the company line that there’s a “war on coal” when the coal and gas companies are really making a war on ALL of us, on our planet, on our children’s futures and certainly on those very miners who are marching on behalf of the coal companies?

Myths and Facts About EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standards

Denise Robbins Nation of Change
The Environmental Protection Agency's forthcoming regulations on greenhouse gas emissions will provide legally required protection for the health and welfare of Americans at a cheap cost, while allowing states flexibility -- contrary to media fear mongering about the landmark standards.
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