Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Report: Trump's version of Obama climate rule coming next week

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The Environmental Protection Agency will propose a replacement regulation as soon as next week for President Obama's signature climate-change rule, reports Timothy Gardner of Reuters.

Why it matters: The rule's original goal was to cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants 32% by 2030 based on 2005 emission levels, and was the cornerstone of Obama's pledge in the Paris climate deal. President Trump's replacement has been anticipated for many months and is said to be less stringent and will grant states the ability to write their own individual regulations.

Court orders EPA to ban pesticide harmful to brain development

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The Trump administration has 60 days to revoke the approval of a widely-used pesticide — which studies say is linked to interfering with brain development, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The details: The three-judge panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said the Environmental Protection Agency must ban the use of chlorpyrifos, one of the most widely-used insecticides on food crops commonly consumed by children and can be harmful to the brain and nervous system. The ruling comes a year after a coalition of six Attorneys General, led by New York, filed suit to challenge the administration's decision to keep the pesticide on the market.