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A cup full of single-use, ion-exchange, gel-based media sits atop valves that control a ground water remediation system being used to remediate PFAS from groundwater on Sept. 29, 2020, at the fire training area of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards.  The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans joining Democrats […]

Michael Regan at his Senate committee hearing in February: The outgoing Secretary of the Environment in North Carolina was confirmed by the full Senate on March 10 to be the next EPA administrator. (Screenshot from Senate committee hearing)

U.S. Senate confirms Michael Regan as EPA chief

BY: - March 11, 2021

The U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the new EPA administrator Wednesday evening by a vote of 66-34. Regan, the outgoing Secretary of the Environment in North Carolina, is the first Black man to serve in the EPA’s top leadership role. “It’s a profound responsibility,” Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat, said, a few hours […]

EPA nominee Regan fields GOP discontent on Biden climate change orders

BY: - February 4, 2021

Michael Regan would “follow the science and follow the law” if confirmed as EPA administrator, he told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a three-hour confirmation hearing Wednesday. President Joe Biden nominated Regan, who is currently the Secretary of Environmental Quality in North Carolina, for EPA administrator last month. Although Regan’s confirmation […]

Person's mouth drinking water from a water fountain

Kaul objects to regs that could leave lead in Wisconsin drinking water

BY: - February 13, 2020

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul on Thursday weighed in on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new position on lead line replacements. The EPA’s proposed changes to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) would give water utilities up to 33 years to replace lead lines that are problematic. Kaul joined with nine other attorneys general, including […]

Bulldozer spreads garbage at a landfill (photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. CC BY-ND 2.0)

Another Walker appointee elevated to top U.S. EPA job under Trump

BY: - January 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — A former senior Wisconsin environmental official who served under Gov. Scott Walker has been elevated to a top job in the Trump administration.  Kurt Thiede, who was deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2015 to 2017, has taken the reins of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional […]

Environmental coalition takes on Trump coal push

BY: - August 16, 2019

Clean Wisconsin is joining nine other environmental groups to challenge the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. A lawsuit filed by the collective argues the president’s policy “unlawfully sidesteps the Clean Air Act by relaxing emission standards.” The court action, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court, comes as 22 Democratic-led states sue the […]