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Only One EPA Web Resource Has Been Restored — Entirely Scrubbed of Climate Change Content

Only One EPA Web Resource Has Been Restored — Entirely Scrubbed of Climate Change Content

Author:
Website Monitoring Team
Published:
December 1, 2020
The “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” website (left) was replaced with the “Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” ...
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Change of the Week: Story of Clean Power Plan Website Removal Underscores Need for Better Information Policies

Change of the Week: Story of Clean Power Plan Website Removal Underscores Need for Better Information Policies

Author:
Website Monitoring Team
On the left, image shows the EPA’s Clean Power Plan website homepage as seen on April 27, 2017. On the right, the entire Clean Power ...
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PRESS RELEASE: Democratizing Data Reports Released by EDGI's Environmental Enforcement Watch

PRESS RELEASE: Democratizing Data Reports Released by EDGI’s Environmental Enforcement Watch

Published:
October 23, 2020
New Reports Analyze Compliance and Enforcement Under Trump’s EPA CONTACT: Report authors are available for interview. To set up media interviews or for other inquiries, ...
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Making a public dataset: reviewing and reclassifying changes to federal environmental webpages

Making a public dataset: reviewing and reclassifying changes to federal environmental webpages

Author:
Alejandro Paz
Blog written by Alejandro Paz Lead image shows the HTML source code comparison for two versions of the same page, on which “greenhouse gas emissions ...
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Change of the Week: It’s the two-year anniversary of EPA abandoning its Climate Change website “updates”

Change of the Week: It’s the two-year anniversary of EPA abandoning its Climate Change website “updates”

Welcome! This post is part of the EDGI Website Monitoring Team’s “Change of the Week” blog series. The purpose of this series is to highlight ...
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Change of the Week: Stripping information and stripping protections for migratory birds

Change of the Week: Stripping information and stripping protections for migratory birds

Author:
Website Monitoring Team
Published:
October 12, 2020
Welcome! This post is part of the EDGI Website Monitoring Team’s “Change of the Week” blog series. The purpose of this series is to highlight ...
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Change of the Week: Budget Info Goes Missing at DOI

Change of the Week: Budget Info Goes Missing at DOI

Author:
Website Monitoring Team
Published:
September 29, 2020
This week’s change was made in spring 2020 and features the removal of all past years’ budget documents on DOI’s “Budget Justifications” webpage. For more ...
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Change of the Week: Coronavirus website downplays need for testing

Change of the Week: Coronavirus website downplays need for testing

Author:
Website Monitoring Team
Published:
September 21, 2020
This post is part of the EDGI Website Monitoring Team’s “Change of the Week” blog series. This week’s change was made in late August 2020 ...
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Bio-Lab's Toxic Record Presages Chlorine-Fueled Fire Following Hurricane Laura

Bio-Lab’s Toxic Record Presages Chlorine-Fueled Fire Following Hurricane Laura

Author:
Maalvika Bhat, Sara Wylie, Megan Raisle, Eric Nost, Cole Alder and EDGI
Published:
September 17, 2020
The blaze at Bio-Lab following Hurricane Laura was not the first release of toxic chlorine from the facility, EDGI’s research into available federal data finds ...
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Change of the Week: Any idea why fighting wildfires is getting harder?

Change of the Week: Any idea why fighting wildfires is getting harder?

Author:
Website Monitoring Team
Published:
September 8, 2020
This week's change was made in June 2017 and features the removal of the only sentences about climate change on the U.S. Forest Service's Wildland ...
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Practicing Our Right to Know, Together — Review of EEW Congressional Report Card Workshops to Date

Practicing Our Right to Know, Together — Review of EEW Congressional Report Card Workshops to Date

Author:
Cole Alder, Leslie Alanis, Megan Raisle, Eric Nost, Kelsey Breseman, Sara Wylie
Published:
September 2, 2020
Last Thursday 20+ organizers, students, activists and academics gathered for the second of four online workshops to practice our right to know about environmental hazards ...
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Change of the Week: Chipping away at methane information

Change of the Week: Chipping away at methane information

Author:
Website Monitoring Team
Published:
August 31, 2020
This week’s change was made in 2017 and features the subtle removal of the lead-in sentence about methane from the EPA’s Overview of Greenhouse Gases ...
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Change of the Week: Access Changes to Air Research Tools

Change of the Week: Access Changes to Air Research Tools

Author:
Website Monitoring Team
Published:
August 24, 2020
This week’s change is from earlier this summer and features a link removal from the EPA’s Air Research homepage. What happened? The main change of ...
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EDGI is hiring! Communications Coordinator — Part-Time

EDGI is hiring! Communications Coordinator — Part-Time

Author:
EDGI Team
Published:
August 19, 2020
The Communications Coordinator will develop and implement the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative’s (EDGI’s) communications strategy, with a specific focus to ensure that EDGI’s work ...
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Change of the Week: Let’s just not mention the rising number of COVID-19 cases…

Change of the Week: Let’s just not mention the rising number of COVID-19 cases…

Author:
Website Monitoring Team
Published:
August 17, 2020
This week’s change is from earlier this summer and features a removal from the Coronavirus.gov “How It Spreads” FAQ webpage. What happened? The question and ...
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More Permission to Pollute: The Decline of EPA Enforcement and Industry Compliance during COVID

More Permission to Pollute: The Decline of EPA Enforcement and Industry Compliance during COVID

Author:
Eric Nost, Kelsey Breseman, Steve Hansen, Leslie Alanis, Megan Raisle, Lourdes Vera, Maalvika Bhat, Sara Wylie, Sung-Gheel (Gil) Jang, and EDGI
Published:
August 13, 2020
On March 26, 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a policy memo suspending pollution monitoring requirements for industries that claim to have been ...
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EDGI's Public Comment on the NCA5 Draft Prospectus: Build on the strong foundation of NCA 4 and increase information utility in the NCA5

EDGI’s Public Comment on the NCA5 Draft Prospectus: Build on the strong foundation of NCA 4 and increase information utility in the NCA5

Author:
Gretchen Gehrke and the Website Monitoring Team
Published:
August 10, 2020
Image: Hurricane Matthew, 2018. Courtesy of WXshift. Comment compiled by Gretchen Gehrke and the EDGI Website Monitoring Team Introduction The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative ...
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Financial Transparency is Dwindling at DOI

Financial Transparency is Dwindling at DOI

Author:
Gretchen Gehrke, Marcy Beck, Alejandro Paz
Published:
July 31, 2020
There has been a significant reduction in the financial transparency of the Department of the Interior (DOI). Between April and May 2020, DOI removed the ...
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Joe Biden’s Clean Energy Plan Speech — Annotated

Joe Biden’s Clean Energy Plan Speech — Annotated

Author:
Scout Blum, Jay Turner
Published:
July 29, 2020
In this annotation, the Environmental History Action Collaborative — a group of environmental historians and scholars – furnishes context and provides fact checking to allow ...
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Meet the Interns: Environmental Enforcement Watch

Meet the Interns: Environmental Enforcement Watch

Author:
Casey Greenleaf, Cole Alder, Gabrielle Trudo, Leslie Alanis, Maalvika Bhat, and Megan Raisle
Published:
July 24, 2020
Environmental Enforcement Watch (EEW) is EDGI's latest project. A collaborative effort across several of our working groups, EEW is a series of online workshops aimed ...
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DOI Adds “Recreation” Priority and Webpage, Continues to Lack Meaningful Focus on Other Priorities

DOI Adds “Recreation” Priority and Webpage, Continues to Lack Meaningful Focus on Other Priorities

Author:
Jesse Divalli, Sara Wylie, Gretchen Gehrke, EDGI
Published:
June 16, 2020
Over the last year, the Department of Interior (DOI) has adopted a new priority: through the creation of a new webpage and a series of ...
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Evolving Language on DOI Webpages Shifts Focus from Long-term Conservation to Economic Growth

Evolving Language on DOI Webpages Shifts Focus from Long-term Conservation to Economic Growth

Author:
Gretchen Gehrke, Marcy Beck, Grace Poudrier, EDGI
Published:
June 15, 2020
Over the last three years, the Department of the Interior (DOI), which manages more than 20% of the nation’s land, has been altering its public ...
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EDGI in the Time of COVID

EDGI in the Time of COVID

Author:
Kelsey Breseman, Stephanie Knutson, EDGI
Published:
June 12, 2020
Though no field of work is un-disrupted by the global pandemic, EDGI has largely been a site of stability for its members — volunteers, paid ...
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EDGI Urges EPA to Withdraw its Ill-Conceived 'Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science' Proposed Rule

EDGI Urges EPA to Withdraw its Ill-Conceived ‘Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science’ Proposed Rule

Author:
Gretchen Gehrke and Marcy Beck
Published:
May 13, 2020
The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) has submitted a public comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) regarding ...
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An Embattled Landscape Series, Part 2b: The Declining Capacity of Federal Environmental Science

An Embattled Landscape Series, Part 2b: The Declining Capacity of Federal Environmental Science

Author:
Chris Sellers, Marianne Sullivan, Kelsey Breseman, Eric Nost, and EDGI
Published:
May 7, 2020
Over the past three and a half years, the Trump administration has engaged in a historically unprecedented campaign to shrink our government’s capacity for reliable, ...
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EDGI is hiring! Paid Summer Research Internships

EDGI is hiring! Paid Summer Research Internships

Author:
EDGI
Published:
May 2, 2020
EDGI is hiring summer research interns to assist in coordinating a public online research project investigating patterns in violations of federal environmental regulations and enforcement ...
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EDGI is Hiring! Interview Curator and Research Assistantships

EDGI is Hiring! Interview Curator and Research Assistantships

Author:
EDGI
Published:
April 27, 2020
The Policy Monitoring/Interviewing Working Group of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative is seeking to fill a part-time Interview Curator position as well as part-time ...
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EPA’s COVID-19 Leniency is a Free Pass to Pollute

EPA’s COVID-19 Leniency is a Free Pass to Pollute

Author:
Kelsey Breseman, Eric Nost, Gretchen Gehrke, Chris Sellers, Marcy Beck, Lourdes Vera, EDGI
Published:
April 14, 2020
Contributors: Kelsey Breseman, Eric Nost, Gretchen Gehrke, Chris Sellers, Marcy Beck, Lourdes Vera, EDGI On March 26, 2020 EPA released a memo suspending permit enforcement ...
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Collaborative Authorship: EDGI’s Values-First Approach to Attribution

Collaborative Authorship: EDGI’s Values-First Approach to Attribution

Author:
Kelsey Breseman, Stephanie Knutson, EDGI
Published:
April 2, 2020
By Kelsey Breseman, Stephanie Knutson, EDGI One of this year’s initiatives for EDGI’s working group on organizational structure is to more publicly share some of ...
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EDGI's Take on Proposed Revisions Undercutting the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

EDGI’s Take on Proposed Revisions Undercutting the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Author:
Marcy Beck, Gretchen Gehrke, and Aaron Lemelin
Published:
March 30, 2020
Photo: Jeffrey Hamilton By Marcy Beck, Gretchen Gehrke, and Aaron Lemelin EDGI welcomed the opportunity to comment on​ the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) ...
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An Embattled Landscape Series, Part 2a: Coronavirus and the Three-Year Trump Quest to Slash Science at the CDC

An Embattled Landscape Series, Part 2a: Coronavirus and the Three-Year Trump Quest to Slash Science at the CDC

Author:
By Christopher Sellers, Leif Fredrickson, Alissa Cordner, Kelsey Breseman, Eric Nost, Kelly Wilkins, and EDGI
Published:
March 24, 2020
By Christopher Sellers, Leif Fredrickson, Alissa Cordner, Kelsey Breseman, Eric Nost, Kelly Wilkins, and EDGI Executive Summary The administration of President Donald Trump has repeatedly ...
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EDGI/EHAC Critiques Trump Admin's Efforts to Weaken the National Environmental Policy Act

EDGI/EHAC Critiques Trump Admin’s Efforts to Weaken the National Environmental Policy Act

Author:
Pete Andrews, Gretchen Gehrke, Emily Pawley, Keith Pluymers, Chris Sellers, Adam M. Sowards, Ellen Griffith Spears, and Jay Turner
Published:
March 14, 2020
The Environmental History Action Collaborative (EHAC), a working group of EDGI, submitted public comments to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on proposed changes to ...
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EDGI Coauthors Data Risk Categorization Paper with ESIP

EDGI Coauthors Data Risk Categorization Paper with ESIP

Author:
Kelsey Breseman, EDGI
Published:
March 11, 2020
By: Kelsey Breseman, EDGI The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) formed as an emergency effort to ensure public climate data stayed available in 2016, ...
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EDGI Supports OSTP’s Effort to Improve Access to Federally Funded Research

EDGI Supports OSTP’s Effort to Improve Access to Federally Funded Research

Author:
Gretchen Gehrke, Grace Poudrier, Steven Gentry, Rob Brackett, Kelsey Breseman
Published:
March 9, 2020
Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) Response to the Request for Public Comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting ...
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An Embattled Landscape: Federal Environmental Science Integrity in the United States Today, A Three Part Series — Part 1: Targeting Scientific Influence on Policy

An Embattled Landscape: Federal Environmental Science Integrity in the United States Today, A Three Part Series — Part 1: Targeting Scientific Influence on Policy

Author:
By Chris Sellers, Kelsey Breseman, Leif Fredrickson, EDGI 
Published:
March 1, 2020
By Chris Sellers, Kelsey Breseman, Leif Fredrickson, EDGI Abstract: Throughout the history of U.S. environmental legislation, science has rightly served as our main touchstone for ...
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Radical Org: Prototyping Alternative Organizational Structures

Radical Org: Prototyping Alternative Organizational Structures

Author:
Kelsey Breseman, EDGI
Published:
January 25, 2020
By Kelsey Breseman, EDGI EDGI initially formed as a reaction to a presidential election, but has matured to fill an ongoing need for public accountability ...
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EDGI is now an ESIP Partner

EDGI is now an ESIP Partner

Author:
Kelsey Breseman
Published:
January 22, 2020
By Kelsey Breseman EDGI is proud to announce that we are now officially a partner of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). The partnership was ...
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Remarks by President Trump on Proposed National Environmental Policy Act Regulations — Annotated

Remarks by President Trump on Proposed National Environmental Policy Act Regulations — Annotated

Published:
January 15, 2020
INSTRUCTIONS: To see the annotations, click on the text that is highlighted in yellow below; the relevant annotations will then appear on the right side ...
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Articulating Values as Technologists: the Data Together Reading Group

Articulating Values as Technologists: the Data Together Reading Group

Author:
Kelsey Breseman
Published:
January 14, 2020
By Kelsey Breseman Heather: What is it we go into decentralization wanting, and what is it capable of doing? Kelsey: When we talk about decentralization ...
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What EDGI Archived Before ToxMap and ToxNet Went Offline

What EDGI Archived Before ToxMap and ToxNet Went Offline

Author:
Kelsey Breseman, EDGI
Published:
December 18, 2019
By Kelsey Breseman, EDGI As of December 2019, ToxMap and ToxNet are being retired from the National Library of Medicines website maintained by the National ...
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Goodbye to ToxMap–and Our Environmental Right-to-Know

Goodbye to ToxMap–and Our Environmental Right-to-Know

Author:
Chris Sellers, EDGI
Published:
December 11, 2019
On December 16, the National Library of Medicine is retiring the revelatory environmental mapping tool known as ToxMap.  Ever so quietly, the door will close ...
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New Report: Web Governance Analysis of Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction Effluent Guidelines

New Report: Web Governance Analysis of Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction Effluent Guidelines

Author:
Gretchen Gehrke, Marcy Beck, Alejandro Paz, Sara Wylie, Kelly Wilkins, and Kelsey Breseman
Published:
December 3, 2019
By: Gretchen Gehrke, Marcy Beck, Alejandro Paz, Sara Wylie, Kelly Wilkins, and Kelsey Breseman EDGI’s Website Monitoring team has just published the first of a ...
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EJxYouth Summit Speakers: We Aren't Waiting for Adults — We're Leading the Way

EJxYouth Summit Speakers: We Aren’t Waiting for Adults — We’re Leading the Way

By Kelly Wilkins and Kelsey Breseman This month EDGI hosted an environmental justice youth summit in partnership with the Environmental Chelsea Organizers, or ECO, a ...
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Remarks by President Trump on America’s Environmental Leadership - Annotated

Remarks by President Trump on America’s Environmental Leadership – Annotated

The rationales offered by the Trump Administration for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement echo a widely publicized speech by Trump in July 2019 that ...
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Examples of Changes to the EPA Website that Undermine Public Access to Scientific Information

Examples of Changes to the EPA Website that Undermine Public Access to Scientific Information

By EDGI’s Website Monitoring Team There have been substantial changes to the EPA website during the Trump administration that negatively impact the quality of information ...
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Announcements! Rollout of Environmental Data Justice Syllabus and Upcoming EJxYouth Summit Online Event

Announcements! Rollout of Environmental Data Justice Syllabus and Upcoming EJxYouth Summit Online Event

Authors: EDJ Working Group What is Environmental Data Justice (EDJ)? How are people and projects creating more just futures working with and against environmental data? ...
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New Report Analyzes Changes to Climate Topics Across Thousands of US Federal Agency Websites

New Report Analyzes Changes to Climate Topics Across Thousands of US Federal Agency Websites

Authors: Eric Nost, Gretchen Gehrke, Aaron Lemelin, Marcy Beck, Steven Braun, Garance Malivel, and EDGI In EDGI’s latest report, “The New Digital Landscape,” we build ...
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Update of Sheep in the Closet Report -- EPA Enforcement Record in the Trump Administration through Fiscal Year 2018

Update of Sheep in the Closet Report — EPA Enforcement Record in the Trump Administration through Fiscal Year 2018

By Leif Fredrickson Last year EDGI started looking into the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement policies, practices and metrics, after our confidential interviewing project with agency ...
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'Environmental Data Justice: Vision and Values' Event

‘Environmental Data Justice: Vision and Values’ Event

A summary by Garance Malivel & the EDJ Working Group On February 28th, 2019, the Environmental Data Justice (EDJ) Working Group hosted its first online ...
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EDGI Releases 2019 Annual Report

EDGI Releases 2019 Annual Report

EDGI has just released its 2019 Annual Report. We’ve grown and matured as an organization, and have been busy over the past year, continuing to ...
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Using Visualization to Illuminate Shifting Climate Rhetorics

Using Visualization to Illuminate Shifting Climate Rhetorics

Written by Steven Braun As an information designer and visualizer of data, I am often tasked with an important challenge: developing a visual language to ...
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EPA MUST PROVIDE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND INFORMATIVE RESOURCES FOR AUTHENTIC PUBLIC COMMENT

EPA MUST PROVIDE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND INFORMATIVE RESOURCES FOR AUTHENTIC PUBLIC COMMENT

Image by skeeze from Pixabay Public Comment by Gretchen Gehrke and Rebecca Lave EDGI WOTUS Rule Public Comment ...
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Worked for “entities accused of violating DOI regulations” and other omissions in the (Nominated) Secretary for the Interior, David Bernhardt's, Official Bio.

Worked for “entities accused of violating DOI regulations” and other omissions in the (Nominated) Secretary for the Interior, David Bernhardt’s, Official Bio.

Authors: Jesse DiValli, Sara Wylie, Gretchen Gehrke The Department of Interior’s (DOI) biography page for David Bernhardt, the nominee for Secretary of the Interior, omits ...
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The Grouse's Unique Mating Ritual | America the Beautiful

Sage Grouse Informational Resources on BLM Website Inadequate for Public Participation in Management Plan Amendments

Image credit: Bob Wick Report: Reduction in Access to Sage Grouse Conservation Information and Resource on BLM Websites The sage grouse, an iconic bird of ...
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Climate Change Information Gone from DOI Website

Climate Change Information Gone from DOI Website

By Gretchen Gehrke  EDGI Report: DOI Further Restricts Access to Climate Change Web Pages The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) manages approximately one-fifth of ...
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Fish and Wildlife Service removed online resources after controversial opinion on incidental take

Fish and Wildlife Service removed online resources after controversial opinion on incidental take

Image: A capture of FWS.gov’s 404 error page. Users will no longer be able to access the site’s “Incidental Take” page. Blog by Aaron Lemelin, ...
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EDGI's Congressional Testimony for Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing: “EPA Enforcement: Taking the Environmental Cop off the Beat”

EDGI’s Congressional Testimony for Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing: “EPA Enforcement: Taking the Environmental Cop off the Beat”

C_Seller_EDGI_Testimony_&_Appendix_2_26_19_E&CDownload On Tuesday February 26th Professor Chris Sellers from Stony Brook University testified on behalf of EDGI for the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on ...
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EPA initiated fewer civil cases in 2018 than it has in over 35 years (and other red flags of weak enforcement)

EPA initiated fewer civil cases in 2018 than it has in over 35 years (and other red flags of weak enforcement)

2018 was one of the weakest, perhaps the weakest, enforcement year for the EPA in decades ...
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Pollution and Hazardous Waste Reduction Is the Lowest on Record Under Trump’s EPA

Pollution and Hazardous Waste Reduction Is the Lowest on Record Under Trump’s EPA

Contrary to the EPA's recently released "Year in Review," we are not on a path to a safer, cleaner future ...
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Which Environmental and Data Justice Projects Inspire You?

Which Environmental and Data Justice Projects Inspire You?

Which environmental and data justice projects inspire you? In these fraught times, new modes of activism, research, and partnership are called for to enable justice, ...
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Newly empowered Democrats need to save the EPA – again

Newly empowered Democrats need to save the EPA – again

The new Democratic-led House can restore teeth to the agency that safeguards our health – they did it once before ...
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Recap from Data Together Annual Meeting

Recap from Data Together Annual Meeting

The scientific data on which so much of what we know is based—the data we need to make informed decisions about many of the most ...
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EPA Discontinues Updates to Climate Change Websites

EPA Discontinues Updates to Climate Change Websites

After nearly 18 months with the EPA’s climate change website “being updated” behind closed doors, two weeks ago, the agency apparently decided to change course ...
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We are Hiring a Part-Time System Administrator!

We are Hiring a Part-Time System Administrator!

We are searching for a remote part-time System Administrator to work on and support our Web Monitoring Platform, Scanner, used by our Web Monitoring Working ...
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Join us November 3 for Lessons on FOIA and Environmental Information Access in the Trump Era

Join us November 3 for Lessons on FOIA and Environmental Information Access in the Trump Era

Seating is limited, please RSVP soon! On Saturday, November 3, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative members Jake Wylie and Kevin Nguyen will be speaking at an ...
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Caging Nature, Caging Humans

Caging Nature, Caging Humans

For this guest post, EDGI has invited Dr. Mary E. Mendoza’s commentary on the border wall and justice for humans and non-humans alike. Mendoza calls ...
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EPA’s Proposed Rule Uses the Idea of Transparency to Reduce Real Transparency and Delay Protecting Environmental and Public Health

EPA’s Proposed Rule Uses the Idea of Transparency to Reduce Real Transparency and Delay Protecting Environmental and Public Health

Public access to the data and models undergirding environmental regulation sounds appealing. But there are several reasons to think that the EPA’s call for “transparency” ...
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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards Generous Grant to EDGI to Expand its Work

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards Generous Grant to EDGI to Expand its Work

EDGI is excited to announce that the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has awarded us a generous grant to sustain and expand our work. Over ...
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Volunteer Position: Website Monitoring Analyst

Volunteer Position: Website Monitoring Analyst

The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) is monitoring changes to information and data on federal websites to hold our government accountable. Interested? Contact Jake ...
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EPA staff say the Trump administration is changing their mission from protecting human health and the environment to protecting industry

EPA staff say the Trump administration is changing their mission from protecting human health and the environment to protecting industry

The Environmental Protection Agency made news recently for excluding reporters from a “summit” meeting on chemical contamination in drinking water. Episodes like this are symptoms of a ...
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Would firing Scott Pruitt save the EPA?

Would firing Scott Pruitt save the EPA?

Pruitt relied on tactics deployed by two previous Republican administrations — Ronald Reagan, who staged a frontal assault on the EPA early in his presidency, and George ...
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Web Monitoring in the Classroom Builds Information Literacy, Civic Engagement

Web Monitoring in the Classroom Builds Information Literacy, Civic Engagement

As a student, did you ever ask yourself, What is the point of all this? When education feels disconnected from practical implications, it can be ...
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Trump Administration Removes Federal Database That Tracked Pollution

Cancer warnings for coffee may be overkill, but Proposition 65 is not

by Jennifer Liss Ohayon, EDGI Member, and Claudia Polsky, Op-Ed reblogged from Los Angeles Times. A posted Proposition 65 warning sign at a Starbucks coffee ...
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Comment on the EPA's Proposed Rule to Repeal the Clean Power Plan Focuses on Access to Online Resources

Comment on the EPA’s Proposed Rule to Repeal the Clean Power Plan Focuses on Access to Online Resources

EDGI welcomed the opportunity to comment on​ the EPA’s Proposed Rule to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in April, 2018. Our comment document, Continued ...
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Presidential Assaults on Environmental Health Protection

Paving the Way for Trump: Past Presidential Assaults on Environmental Health Protection

The Trump administration, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt, has undertaken an assault on environmental health protections. This assault includes deregulation, defunding, staff ...
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EDGI Receives Grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

EDGI Receives Grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Dear Readers, We write with the remarkable news that we have just received our first sustaining grant from the Packard Foundation for $500,000 to support ...
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Internet Archive, Wayback Machine, San Francisco, partners

Touring the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine

Our partners at the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine invited EDGI over for lunch… The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, ...
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Image Description: A PageFreezer logo with a document icon pictured inside a light blue, tilted ice cube

EDGI and PageFreezer, teaming up to archive environmental websites

Our collaboration with PageFreezer began on the eve of President Trump’s inauguration. Michael Riedijk heard about EDGI’s website archiving and monitoring efforts and reached out ...
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Answering Questions About Accessibility Regulations and Access to Climate Action Plans

Answering Questions About Accessibility Regulations and Access to Climate Action Plans

In this guest post, Stephanie Rosen, the Accessibility Specialist for the University of Michigan Library, shares her thoughts on the recent removal of 92 documents ...
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New report on January 10: Climate Change Web Content Under Trump

New report on January 10: Climate Change Web Content Under Trump

Report released: Changing the Digital Climate On January 10, 2018 the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) will release Changing the Digital Climate: How Climate ...
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Climate Action Plans for National Parks Removed from Site Without Advance Explanation

Climate Action Plans for National Parks Removed from Site Without Advance Explanation

By members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Team: Toly Rinberg, Gretchen Gehrke, Andrew Bergman, and Justin Schell Updated 12:00 pm ET December 22, 2017, following a ...
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Censoring Climate Change

Censoring Climate Change

by Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, EDGI Members, Op-Ed from the New York Times. Scott Pruitt during an interview in his office at the Environmental Protection ...
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Join us Oct 26-27 for a two-day Data Together Sprint ??

On Thursday and Friday next week, Data Together is hosting a two-day sprint to come together and improve project documentation, update our website content, and ...
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EPA’s Website Overhaul Continues: Climate Resources Left Out of the Update to the “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” Website

EPA’s Website Overhaul Continues: Climate Resources Left Out of the Update to the “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” Website

By members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Team: Toly Rinberg, Andrew Bergman, and Eric Nost In the first example of returned content since the Environmental Protection ...
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Removing Clean Power Plan Web Resources Undermines Public Engagement

Removing Clean Power Plan Web Resources Undermines Public Engagement

By Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee Originally posted on the UCS Equation On Monday, Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the ...
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The federal agency that few Americans have heard of and which we all need to know

The federal agency that few Americans have heard of and which we all need to know

by Leif Fredrickson, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from Washington Post. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is key to President Trump achieving his deregulatory ...
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Changes to USGS website highlight the importance of search for public access

Changes to USGS website highlight the importance of search for public access

By Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee (Cross-posted on Sunlight Foundation) As has been true for decades, the ways public ...
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Image Description: A picture of fallen trees draped with the American flag

EDGI Highlights Environmental Justice Implications in Part 2 of the First 100 Days and Counting

The first six months of the Trump Administration have reversed decades of progress toward environmental justice. The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) continues its ...
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Wrapping up Google Summer of Code 2017

Wrapping up Google Summer of Code 2017

EDGI is grateful to have participated in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) for the first time in 2017. Our mentoring team of six volunteer EDGI ...
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  1. Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20190221095620/https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/epa.gov.  About 7% of traffic to the epa.gov domain is to its archives: the January 19, 2017 Snapshot and archive.epa.gov.
  2. Web managers play a key role in determining content: Eschenfelder, K. R. 2004. “Behind the Web site: An inside look at the production of Web-based textual government information”. Government Information Quarterly 21 (3):337–358.
  3. Joselow, M., “EPA: ‘It’s not a happy place.’” E&E News. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060107165 (last accessed 2 May 2019).
  4. See also: Dillon, L., R. Lave, B. Mansfield, S. Wylie, N. Shapiro, A. S. Chan, and M. Murphy. 2019. “Situating Data in a Trumpian Era: The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative”. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Dillon, L., D. Walker, N. Shapiro, V. Underhill, M. Martenyi, S. Wylie, R. Lave, M. Murphy, P. Brown, and Environmental Data and Governance Initiative. 2017. “Environmental Data Justice and the Trump Administration: Reflections from Environmental Data and Governance Initiative”. Environmental Justice 10 (6). Walker, D., E. Nost, A. Lemelin, R. Lave, and L. Dillon. 2018. “Practicing Environmental Data Justice: From DataRescue to Data Together”. Geo: Geography and Environment 5 (2).
  5. It is highly likely Bernhardt will be confirmed for the position both by the committee on Thursday and in the full Senate afterward. The composition of the Senate Committee has not changed since his confirmation as Deputy Secretary, and the Republican Party has increased its Senate majority since his confirmation as Deputy Secretary.
  6. Archived web pages courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine; acquired by searching for “https://www.bhfs.com/people/attorneys/a-b/dbernhardt” after ascertaining the BHFS website’s url formatting structure for bio pages.
  7. Archived web pages courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine; acquired by searching for “https://www.bhfs.com/people/attorneys/a-b/dbernhardt” after ascertaining the BHFS website’s url formatting structure for bio pages.
  8. https://medium.com/westwise/analysis-bernhardt-linked-oil-and-gas-companies-own-more-than-20-percent-of-all-oil-and-gas-47f5c3b5ba90. “On his first day as Deputy Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt met with his boss, then-Secretary Ryan Zinke, who directed him to take charge of re-writing landmark sage-grouse conservation plans. Formalized in a memo three days later, the order placed Bernhardt, a former oil and gas lobbyist, in charge of weakening critical wildlife protections, a move long sought by his former clients.”
  9. As a reminder, this is the position Bernhardt held while working for DOI under President Bush. Jorjani also worked in close proximity with Bernhardt as a DOI lawyer during the Bush administration and is currently awaiting congressional confirmation to officially take on the Solicitor position.
  10. Another interesting point to draw out of this particular piece is Reveal’s assertion that Bernhardt avoids creating paper trails, which complicates the public’s ability to see under the hood on DOI policies and legal decisions. See also a report from the Washington Post on his refusal to maintain a calendar of meetings with non-governmental organizations.
  11. It should also be noted that we support the great work of the thousands of employees of the DOI and its Bureaus. There are many people there passionate about public lands, conservation, and wildlife protection who are doing great things every day.