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50 Years After the Clean Water Act, Toxic Chemicals it Regulates are Still Used in Fracking

50 Years After the Clean Water Act, Toxic Chemicals it Regulates are Still Used in Fracking

This October marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the United States’ primary federal legislation protecting water quality. The CWA is meant to minimize water pollution in rivers, lakes, and streams, protecting both public health and wildlife habitat. Fifty years later, and over seventy years after the onset of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), federal loopholes and the ...
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Author:
Vivian Underhill, Lourdes Vera, Eric Nost, Kelly Wilkins, Madison Sonnenday, Sara Wylie, and EDGI
Published:
October 31, 2022
How Gaps and Disparities in EPA Data Undermine Climate and Environmental Justice Screening Tools

How Gaps and Disparities in EPA Data Undermine Climate and Environmental Justice Screening Tools

The report How Gaps and Disparities in EPA Data Undermine Climate and Environmental Justice Screening Tools examines gaps and disparities in the data the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses to track violations and enforce compliance of the Clean Water, Clean Air, Resource Conservation and Recovery, and Safe Drinking Water Acts (CWA, CAA, RCRA, SDWA). Open and replicable analytical methods were ...
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Author:
Eric Nost, Sara Wylie, Olivia Chang, Olin College PInT, Kelsey Breseman, Steve Hansen, Lourdes Vera, and EDGI
Published:
September 28, 2022
Work in Progress: Governance of Digital Environmental Information In the Biden Administration's First Year

Work in Progress: Governance of Digital Environmental Information In the Biden Administration’s First Year

Throughout its first year, the Biden administration has conveyed the importance it places on public information. Websites are the primary medium of communication from federal agencies to the public, and in the past year, many federal agencies have demonstrated attention to their websites. The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative’s (EDGI’s) Website Monitoring Team has been tracking changes to federal climate, ...
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Author:
Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) Website Monitoring Team
Published:
January 20, 2022
Crossing the Line: Analyzing EPA News Releases Under Trump and Ensuring Trust in Federal Information in the Future

Crossing the Line: Analyzing EPA News Releases Under Trump and Ensuring Trust in Federal Information in the Future

Crossing the Line: Analyzing EPA News Releases Under Trump and Ensuring Trust in Federal Information in the Future examines the politicization of EPA’s news releases under the Trump administration and recommends guidelines for protection of the integrity of information coming from the EPA’s press office.  Crossing the Line provides a comprehensive analysis of EPA news releases during the Trump administration ...
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Author:
Alejandro Paz, Gretchen Gehrke, Marcy Beck, R. Michelle Warrix, Aaron Lemelin, EDGI
Published:
December 21, 2021
EDGI 2021 Annual Report

EDGI 2021 Annual Report

Open PDF LETTER FROM OUR COORDINATING COMMITTEE In the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)’s first four years, we tracked harms to federal environmental governance in the United States made by the Trump administration. Our vision was always to do more than document harm; we seek accountability and restoration. We dream of an active justice, an environmental governance system that ...
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Author:
Marcy Beck, Steven Braun, Kelsey Breseman, Gretchen Gehrke, Paul Gordon, Muhi Khwaja, Stephanie Knutson, Eric Nost, Emily Pawley, Chris Sellers, Shannan Lenke Stoll, Aparna Sundar, Jessica Varner, Lourdes Vera, Sara Wylie, EDGI
Published:
August 31, 2021
Access Denied: Federal Web Governance Under the Trump Administration

Access Denied: Federal Web Governance Under the Trump Administration

Access Denied: Federal Web Governance Under the Trump Administration examines the Trump administration’s management of federal websites related to environmental regulation and makes recommendations for the Biden administration moving forward. Currently, there are few policies governing website content. This report highlights the need to address these gaps. It’s the most comprehensive report yet from EDGI’s website monitoring program. Since Trump ...
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Author:
Gretchen Gehrke, Marcy Beck, Alejandro Paz, Amy Wilson, Eric Nost, Grace Poudrier, EDGI
Published:
February 25, 2021
Democratizing Data: Environmental Enforcement Watch's Report Cards for Congressional Oversight of the EPA

Democratizing Data: Environmental Enforcement Watch’s Report Cards for Congressional Oversight of the EPA

On October 22, 2020, EDGI released the Democratizing Data: Environmental Enforcement Watch’s Report Cards for Congressional Oversight of the EPA report and project. The summary report provides, for the first time, an analysis of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data on compliance with, and enforcement of, environmental laws in select congressional districts and states. It focuses on three of the most ...
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Author:
Sara Wylie, Leif Fredrickson, Megan Raisle, Eric Nost, Steve Hansen, Monica Unseld, Emily Pawley, Jay Turner, Cole Alder, Kelsey Breseman
Published:
October 22, 2020
EDGI Annual Report 2020

EDGI Annual Report 2020

Open PDF LETTER FROM OUR COORDINATING COMMITTEE Our Annual Report celebrates and reviews EDGI’s meaningful work in the last year. In this letter we wish to reflect on the enormity of the task at hand in this crucial moment of intersecting crises of social, racial, and environmental injustices and irreversible climate change, and to express our commitment to redoubling our ...
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Author:
Marcy Beck, Rob Brackett, Steven Braun, Kelsey Breseman, Gretchen Gehrke, Paul Gordon, Stephanie Knutson, Kevin Nguyen, Eric Nost, Chris Sellers, Aparna Sundar, Jay Turner, Lourdes Vera, Kelly Wilkins, Sara Wylie, EDGI
Published:
July 13, 2020
The New Digital Landscape: How the Trump Administration Has Undermined Federal Web Infrastructures for Climate Information

The New Digital Landscape: How the Trump Administration Has Undermined Federal Web Infrastructures for Climate Information

In this report, we build on our existing research to present a broad analysis of how the Trump administration has altered the use of terms related to climate change on federal environmental websites. Over the thousands of websites we monitor, use of the terms “climate change,” “clean energy,” and “adaptation” dropped by 26% between 2016 and 2018, while catch-all terms ...
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Author:
Eric Nost, Gretchen Gehrke, Aaron Lemelin, Steven Braun, Marcy Beck, Rob Brackett, Dan Allan, Sara Wylie, Kelsey Breseman, Stephanie Knutson, Anastasia Aizman, Maya Anjur-Dietrich, Sara Johns, Katherine Kulik, Kevin Nguyen, Toly Rinberg, Jacob Wylie, EDGI
Published:
July 22, 2019
EDGI Annual Report 2019

EDGI Annual Report 2019

In the past year, we have had the opportunity to grow and mature as an organization, to make important contributions to highlighting the dismantling of federal environmental protections, and to think proactively about models of environmental data justice. This annual report is a place to learn about our work, celebrate where we’ve come from, what we’ve accomplished, and what we ...
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Author:
Steven Braun, Kelsey Breseman, Leif Fredrickson, Gretchen Gehrke, Stephanie Knutson, Michelle Murphy, Kevin Nguyen, Christopher Sellers, Nick Shapiro, Kyala Shea, Marianne Sullivan, Aparna Sundar, Sara Wylie, EDGI
Published:
April 8, 2019
A Sheep in the Closet: The Erosion of Enforcement at the EPA

A Sheep in the Closet: The Erosion of Enforcement at the EPA

This report examines environmental enforcement at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) two years into the Trump administration. Based on extensive interviewing with EPA employees and recent retirees as well as in-depth wide-ranging research into EPA data and documents as well as news coverage, we conclude that the EPA is no longer so capable of fulfilling its mission to ensure ...
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Author:
Leif Fredrickson, Marianne Sullivan, Christopher Sellers, Jennifer Ohayon, Ellen Kohl, Sarah Lamdan, Alissa Cordner, Alice Hu, Katarzyna Kaczowka, Natalia Navas, Linda Wicks, EDGI
Published:
May 31, 2019
EDGI Annual Report 2018

EDGI Annual Report 2018

In the last year, we have formed a thriving organization, supported almost entirely by volunteer labor, driven by a shared concern about the dismantling of federal environmental protections. Together, we’ve accomplished more than we could have imagined. We invite you to learn more about our organization and to celebrate all we have done in the past year. Open PDF EDGI-Annual-Report-2018 ...
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Author:
Stephanie Knutson, Marcy Beck, Steven Braun, Ray Cha, Lindsey Dillon, Gretchen Gehrke, Rebecca Lave, Michelle Murphy, Matt Price, Toly Rinberg, Sara Rubinow, Chris Sellers, Nick Shapiro, Kyala Shea, Lourdes Vera, Dawn Walker, Sara Wylie, EDGI
Published:
March 1, 2018
Changing the Digital Climate

Changing the Digital Climate

The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) continues its series of reports on the Trump administration’s impacts on environmental policy and data governance. “Changing the Digital Climate” is the third of a multi-part series on the early days of the Trump administration. In this series, EDGI authors systematically investigate historical precedents for Trump’s attack on the EPA, consequences for toxic ...
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Author:
Toly Rinberg, Maya Anjur-Dietrich, Marcy Beck, Andrew Bergman, Justin Derry, Lindsey Dillon, Gretchen Gehrke, Rebecca Lave, Chris Sellers, Nick Shapiro, Anastasia Aizman, Dan Allan, Madelaine Britt, Raymond Cha, Janak Chadha, Morgan Currie, Sara Johns, Abby Klionsky, Stephanie Knutson, Katherine Kulik, Aaron Lemelin, Kevin Nguyen, Eric Nost, Kendra Ouellette, Lindsay Poirier, Sara Rubinow, Justin Schell, Lizz Ultee, Julia Upfal, Tyler Wedrosky, Jacob Wylie, EDGI
Published:
January 10, 2018
Pursuing A Toxic Agenda

Pursuing A Toxic Agenda

The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) continues its series of reports on the Trump administration’s impacts on environmental policy and data governance, this time focusing on Environmental Justice, the right for all communities to human and environmental health. Pursuing a Toxic Agenda: Environmental Injustice in the Early Trump Administration, extensively analyzes recent policy shifts, and highlights EDGI’s interview with ...
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Author:
Britt S. Paris, Lindsey Dillon, Jennifer Pierre, Irene V. Pasquetto, Emily Marquez, Sara Wylie, Michelle Murphy, Phil Brown, Rebecca Lave, Chris Sellers, Becky Mansfield, Leif Fredrickson, Nicholas Shapiro, EDGI
Published:
September 19, 2017
The EPA Under Siege

The EPA Under Siege

In the first report of its kind, the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) has conducted an in-depth analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt.  In stark contrast to Pruitt’s June 15 Congressional testimony, our report shows that his administration has already damaged the agency, and currently poses the greatest threat to the EPA ...
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Author:
Christopher Sellers, Lindsey Dillon, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Nick Shapiro, Marianne Sullivan, Chris Amoss, Stephen Bocking, Phil Brown, Vanessa De la Rosa, Jill Harrison, Sara Johns, Katherine Kulik, Rebecca Lave, Michelle Murphy, Liza Piper, Lauren Richter, Sara Wylie
Published:
June 19, 2017
EDGI Introduction and Accomplishments — Report

EDGI Introduction and Accomplishments — Report

May report covering highlights of EDGI’s projects include monitoring and analyzing changes to federal environmental agency websites, and researching the effects of environmental deregulation and changes at federal agencies, such as EPA, DOE, NASA, NOAA, and OSHA. EDGI also co-coordinates “DataRescue” events to proactively archive public environmental data and ensure its continued public availability. More information about our core working ...
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Author:
Environmental Data and Governance Initiative
Published:
May 5, 2017
Public Protections Under Threat at the EPA: Examining Safeguards and Programs That Would Have Been Blocked by H.R. 1430 — White Paper

Public Protections Under Threat at the EPA: Examining Safeguards and Programs That Would Have Been Blocked by H.R. 1430 — White Paper

Protecting safe drinking water and healthy air depends on the EPA’s ability to incorporate the best available evidence from all scientific fields of study into its risk assessments and regulation drafting processes. EDGI’s analysis and research here shows that the passage of H.R. 1430 would block the EPA from using the data it needs to fulfill its mission of protecting ...
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Author:
Vivian Underhill, Megan Martenyi, Sarah Lamdan, Andrew Bergman
Published:
March 27, 2017
Introducing the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative  — Report

Introducing the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative — Report

As we follow the impacts of the transition on agency websites, operations, capacities, and policies, we’ll be preparing and posting here other written works, oriented to general as well as more specialized readerships, that summarize and analyze what we find. Among the public outreach activities in the works are roundtables, biweekly reports, and an assessment of the new administration’s first ...
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Author:
Environmental Data and Governance Initiative
Published:
February 1, 2017