Washington Post: Biden administration revives EPA Web page on climate change deleted by Trump

Washington Post: Biden administration revives EPA Web page on climate change deleted by Trump. “The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday relaunched a webpage dedicated to climate change that had gone dark under President Donald Trump, who frequently dismissed the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet. The restoration of the climate website comes four years after the Trump administration took down much of the EPA’s digital presence that explained global warming and why it is worth fighting.”

Stanford: Algorithmic approaches for assessing pollution reduction policies can reveal shifts in environmental protection of minority communities, according to Stanford researchers

Stanford: Algorithmic approaches for assessing pollution reduction policies can reveal shifts in environmental protection of minority communities, according to Stanford researchers. “Applying machine learning to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative reveals how key design elements determine what communities bear the burden of pollution. The approach could help ensure fairness and accountability in machine learning used by government regulators.”

The Verge: How Scientists Scrambled To Stop Donald Trump’s EPA From Wiping Out Climate Data

The Verge: How Scientists Scrambled To Stop Donald Trump’s EPA From Wiping Out Climate Data. “After hearing the news that then President-elect Donald Trump had appointed a notorious climate change denier to lead the Environmental Protection Agency transition team in 2016, Nicholas Shapiro, an environmental anthropologist, penned an urgent email to a dozen or so fellow scientists. He was worried that the EPA was about to be torn apart from the inside under Trump’s leadership. Others on the email thread were concerned that vital environmental data would be taken down from federal websites and destroyed….So Shapiro took a cue from his sister, an organizer for the Women’s March, and tried to bring researchers together to mount an offensive.”

EPA: EPA Celebrates Superfund – 40 Years of Cleaning Up and Transforming Communities Across the Country

EPA: EPA Celebrates Superfund – 40 Years of Cleaning Up and Transforming Communities Across the Country. “In honor of the 40th anniversary milestone, EPA invites the public to travel back to the 1970s with photos and videos showing the nation’s awakening to the public health crisis caused by land contamination — the precursor to the Superfund program’s creation… Beginning with the discovery that homes were built upon an industrial dump site at Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York, the nation turned its attention to the need to better manage hazardous waste, which led to the creation of the Superfund program.”

COVID-19 pandemic: Database of EPA-approved disinfectants now exceeds 500 listings (Family Safety & Health)

Family Safety & Health: COVID-19 pandemic: Database of EPA-approved disinfectants now exceeds 500 listings. “The Environmental Protection Agency has again updated its list of registered disinfectants that can help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 – extending the total number of disinfectant products on the agency’s sortable, searchable database to more than 500.”

Environmental Protection Agency: EPA Makes it Easier for Consumers to Find Safe, Effective Disinfectant Products to Use Against the Novel Coronaviru

Environmental Protection Agency: EPA Makes it Easier for Consumers to Find Safe, Effective Disinfectant Products to Use Against the Novel Coronavirus. “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its List N Tool, a new web-based application (app) that allows smart phone users and others to quickly identify disinfectant products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.”

EPA: EPA Meets President Trump’s Deadline, Makes Agency Guidance Available to the Public

EPA: EPA Meets President Trump’s Deadline, Makes Agency Guidance Available to the Public. “Today, in support of President Trump’s Executive Order to promote transparency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new guidance portal that provides public access to agency guidance documents. This new searchable database will make it easier for the regulated community to find and follow agency guidance.”

Salon: Federal Toxmap shutters, raising the ire of pollution researchers

Salon: Federal Toxmap shutters, raising the ire of pollution researchers. “Earlier this year, with little explanation, the NLM announced that it would be ‘retiring’ the Toxmap website on Dec. 16, 2019. The library did not respond directly to queries on Monday about what was meant by “retiring,” but by Tuesday morning, the Toxmap website had been taken down and visitors to the former URL were met with a message acknowledging the closure and pointing visitors to other potential sources of information.” Toxmap was an online app that aggregated pollution data from government agencies.