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EDITORIAL: Political expedience cannot be the only consideration in controlling ozone

In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump administration would give states an extra year to comply stricter ozone standards enacted by the Obama administration in 2015. On Aug. 2, Pruitt again reversed course, saying the rule would take effect after all. That’s good news for people who breathe. It’s also good for […]

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EDITORIAL: Canyons of Ancients is safe, but what about hidden agenda?

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced officially what he said informally a few weeks ago: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has survived the review process intact. That decision is appropriate because multiple use is alive and well at the monument. Credit is due to Rep. Scott Tipton, among others, for continued advocacy for public […]

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EDITORIAL: Pesticide studies: Shutting down pesticide studies will not make health risks to humans disappear

At the request of Dow Chemical and two other pesticide manufacturers, the Trump administration is poised to ignore federal scientists’ findings about the risks of three pesticides. That is politics as usual. Manufacturers want to be able to continue selling the chemicals – diazinon, malathion and chlorpyrifos. Republicans, including Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, […]

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EDITORIAL: Canyon of the Ancients

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke apparently has told members of Colorado’s congressional delegation that he is not inclined to alter or eliminate Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Both of Colorado’s U.S. senators, plus Rep. Scott Tipton, whose congressional district includes the monument, urged Zinke to leave CANM alone. The Cortez City Council also weighed in, […]

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