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RIOS™ and CARI Join Forces to Promote Recycling Standards

The Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) and Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) announced  the formation of a partnership, making CARI the first association outside of the United States to join RIOS’ Affiliate Association program. This partnership will provide additional member benefits to CARI’s members and provide a platform for RIOS™ to continue to grow globally. 


Earthjustice’s President on Scott Pruitt’s Confirmation as EPA Administrator

“We will fight in every court across the country when Administrator Pruitt tries to take a sledgehammer to the agency… ”

The U.S. Senate, along a mostly party-line vote of 52-46, has confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). President Donald Trump’s pick to lead our nation’s top enforcer of environmental laws will take office despite his open hostility to bedrock air and water protections like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, his refusal to turn over state documents and answer straightforward questions during his hearing process, and his many conflicts of interest resulting from the 14 times he has sued EPA to fight public health protections. 


Heartland Institute Experts React to Confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

The United State Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The vote was 52 to 46. Two Democrats – Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota – voted in favor of his nomination. One Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, voted against Pruitt’s confirmation.


President Trump Signs Attack on Clean Water into Law

Refusing to Hold Coal Companies Accountable for Stream Destruction, Contamination

President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign into law a resolution of disapproval today eviscerating the Stream Protection Rule, a modest safeguard crafted to protect clean water and the health of communities threatened by coal mining. Republican lawmakers voted to overturn the rule using the Congressional Review Act, a seldom-used law that takes the public out of the process by allowing recently finalized regulations to be rolled back virtually overnight with little debate.  Many years in the making, the Stream Protection Rule was the first significant update to surface mining regulations in 30 years.


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