Thursday, June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

Donald Trump called asbestos poisoning a mob-led conspiracy, now his EPA won’t evaluate asbestos already in homes.

The Environmental Protection Agency will not consider the health risks and impacts of asbestos already in the environment when evaluating the dangers associated with the chemical compound, Scott Pruitt, the agency's head, quietly announced last week. That means asbestos used in tiles, piping and adhesives throughout homes and businesses in the United States will remain largely unchecked and unaccounted for. Nearly 15,000 Americans die each year from asbestos-related diseases, but President Donald Trump has called the substance "100 percent safe, once applied."

Donald Trump directs EPA to curb asbestos inspections

Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

Trump takes steps to ease firing of federal workers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a trio of executive orders to overhaul the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire federal workers for poor performance and misconduct, requiring that departments and agencies negotiate better union contracts and limiting the amount of time certain federal workers can spend on union business.

Trump to Ease Firing of Federal Workers

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018

Trump announces decision to "withdraw" from Iran nuclear deal

President Trump announced Tuesday his much-anticipated decision to "withdraw" from the Iran nuclear deal, in keeping with a longtime campaign promise. The president claimed there is Israeli intelligence proving Iran is not in compliance with the agreement, and said he fears the 2015 deal will allow the Iranian regime to amass nuclear weapons.

CBS: Trump to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

President Trump directs EPA to ease air quality rules he says suffocates industry.

WASHINGTON — President Trump's latest effort to boost the nation's manufacturing sector is an industry-friendly rewrite of air quality regulations he says pose "unnecessary and outdated barriers to growth."

But environmental advocates warn it would be another damaging step by an administration obsessed with deregulation at the expense of hard-fought public health protections.

The proposed loosening of air quality standards came in the form of a directive Trump issued Thursday instructing the EPA to work with states that have metro areas which failed to attain clean air standards. The president's primary aim, the directive states, is "promoting domestic manufacturing and job creation."

USA Today: Trump directs EPA to ease air quality rules

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018

EPA prepares to roll back rules requiring cars to be cleaner and more efficient.

The Trump administration, handing automakers a victory, is preparing to announce an effort to weaken strict Obama-era pollution standards.

NYT: EPA Auto Pollution Rollback

Monday, March 19, 2018

March 19, 2018

Trump pushes drug-dealer death penalty as opioid crisis response.

President Donald Trump, targeting the U.S. opioid epidemic, called again on Monday for the execution of drug dealers, a proposal that so far has gained little support in Congress, amid criticism from some drug abuse and criminal justice experts.

March 19, 2018

Trump signs bill that kills Obama-era rule targeting wage theft, unsafe working conditions.

President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday that killed an Obama-era worker safety rule that required businesses competing for large federal contracts to disclose and correct serious safety and other labor law violations.

Earlier this month, the Senate voted to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, which applied to contracts valued at $500,000 or more. Votes on the bill in both the House and Senate divided along party lines.

Trump signs bill killing Obama-era worker protections