Sunday, September 9, 2018

EPA/NHTSA National Hearing in Dearborn 09/25 on Weakening Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards

One of the national public hearings EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety 

Administration will be holding on the Trump Administration plan to weaken 

Obama Administration vehicle fuel economy rules and greenhouse

gas vehicle emission standards for new cars and trucks for the 

2021-2026 model years will be held in Dearborn, MI on September 25.

September 25, 2018 Hearing Dearborn Michigan
Dearborn Inn
20301 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
If you would like to present oral testimony at one of these public hearings, 

please contact Kil-Jae Hong ( at NHTSA 

at least ten days before the hearing. 

Here is the EPA/NHTSA web page on the Trump Administration 

proposal to weaken the fuel economy and GHG emission standards.

Here is the docketing information needed to submit written comments.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Petition update · Pipeline firm found guilty of criminal charges in Santa Barbara oil spill ·

Petition update · Pipeline firm found guilty of criminal charges in Santa Barbara oil spill ·

Zurich statement calls for phase-out of non-essential uses of PFAS

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are man-made chemicals that contain at least one perfluoroalkyl moiety, CnF2n. To date, over 4,000 unique PFASs have been used in technical applications and consumer products, and some of them have been detected globally in human and wildlife biomonitoring studies. Because of their extraordinary persistence, human and environmental exposure to PFASs will be a long-term source of concern. Some PFASs such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) have been investigated extensively and thus regulated, but for many other PFASs, knowledge about their current uses and hazards is still very limited or missing entirely. To address this problem and prepare an action plan for the assessment and management of PFASs in the coming years, a group of more than 50 international scientists and regulators held a two-day workshop in November, 2017. The group identified both the respective needs of and common goals shared by the scientific and the policy communities, made recommendations for cooperative actions, and outlined how the science–policy interface regarding PFASs can be strengthened using new approaches for assessing and managing highly persistent chemicals such as PFASs.

Friday, September 7, 2018


New report aims to galvanise action by economic and financial leaders in government and the private sector.