Interior Secretary Announces Funding to Close Abandoned Coal Mines

The administration seeks to address open mines polluting air and soil. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that $46.4 million is now available to close abandoned coal…

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District Court Halts Approval of Dicamba-Based Weedkillers

EPA trying to address crop changes and backstock of now unusable chemical. District Court Judge David Bury vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) previous decision to approve dicamba-based…

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EPA Proposes Required Cleanup for “Forever Chemicals“

9 PFAS would be added to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the designation of nine “forever chemicals” as “hazardous chemicals”…

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FRA Finalizes Rule for Emergency Breathing Apparatuses

Crew members on freight trains carrying hazardous materials will have breathing devices. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced a final rule requiring railroads to provide emergency escape…

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VA has Screened 5 Million Veterans for Toxic Exposure

In the year of screenings, most exposure due to burn pits in Iraq or Agent Orange in Vietnam. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that they…

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Israel Denies Use of White Phosphorous Against Enemies

White House had expressed concerns regarding the possible illegal use of the substance as anti-personnel weapon. Israel responded to accusations this week that its military used white phosphorus…

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Pentagon Claims PFAS Use Necessary for National Security

Officials say the attempt to restrict “forever chemicals” would impact the production of weapons, uniforms, and other defense items. Officials with the Department of Defense recently informed Congress…

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EPA to Review Tire Rubber Preservative for Water Pollution Properties

Northwestern Tribal Nations claim the chemical is killing off local salmon. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they will review the environmental impact of a tire preservation…

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VA Seeks to Protect Veterans From Benefit Fraud

Online resource and outreach efforts are being made to protect veterans from scammers and promote benefit security. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiated a campaign to…

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VA Surpasses Fiscal Year 2023 Hiring Goal

The department hires more than 54,000 employees to sustain healthcare needs. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health officials announced they exceeded their fiscal 2023 hiring target of…

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