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UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Trump wants negotiations with California on auto gas mileage

President Donald Trump told leaders of the world’s top automakers on Friday that he wants to see more cars built in the United States as his administration weighs plans to …


EPA declines to test air downwind of lead smelter in British Columbia

The state of Washington will look for money to conduct air quality monitoring downwind of a Canadian smelter, after the federal government declined to restart the testing.


EPA launches internal probe of Pruitt’s condo deal

The Environmental Protection Agency is opening internal investigations into Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night condo deal with a lobbyist and other recent allegations, adding to about a dozen federal probes involving the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Northport residents renew calls for air monitoring after state modeling says a Canadian smelter is polluting their town

Northport residents want air quality monitors installed after state modeling suggested a Canadian smelter could be blanketing their town with heavy metals.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Settlement could lead to Bunker Hill reopening, new mining jobs in the Silver Valley

In a move that could allow the storied Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg to reopen, the federal government has settled a longstanding Superfund lawsuit against its owner.


Getting the zinc out: Major cleanup project will improve health of the Coeur d’Alene River

A $48 million federal project to keep heavy metals out of the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River gets underway this spring. The work will be visible from Interstate …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Westport man pleads guilty in Spokane to $65 million biofuels scheme

A Westport man, who until recently worked an alternative fuels company that operated in both Moses Lake and Pasco, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison after investigators …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 3:06 p.m.

Idaho asks federal agency to run oil injection well program

Idaho wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over regulating underground injection wells needed by the state’s oil and natural gas industry to dispose of wastewater.


Pollution limits in Spokane River prompt city officials to seek reprieve from EPA

Mayor David Condon told the City Council this week he has been discussing the possibility of a workaround for environmental guidelines on carcinogenic chemicals being discharged into the Spokane River …


Senators press Pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with a group of senators from corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump’s nominees …


Trump EPA nominees on hold amid dispute over biofuel mandate

A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump’s nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency amid opposition to the administration’s proposed reduction in the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Riverfront Park receives $600,000 in federal funding as ‘brownfield’ site

Park planners will be able to spend the grant money on soil cleanup efforts on the former Canada Island, Havermale Island and the north bank of the Spokane River that …


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

Trump budget slashes money of clean air and water programs

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air …


Mining waste cleanup to create 400 summer jobs in Silver Valley

If you don’t like dump trucks, stay out of Idaho’s Silver Valley this summer. More than $20 million work of environmental cleanup work in the historic mining district this year …


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels

Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning policies, the first step …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

States move to roll back environmental rules in Trump’s wake

Emboldened by the environmental rollbacks of President Donald Trump, state legislatures are following suit, taking aim at items as varied as solar incentives, chemical spill protections and even anti-pipeline protesters.


Alaska oil well leaking gas in northern part of state

A federal official says crews in Alaska are ready to shut down an oil well that is misting natural gas on the frozen North Slope, but officials say it’s too …


EPA head tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has told workers at the nation’s largest underground coal mining complex the “regulatory assault” on the coal industry is over.


EPA chief: Carbon dioxide not primary cause of warming

The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream …


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 12:38 p.m.

Trump set to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements

The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of new cars and trucks. The requirements were a …


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

White House proposes cutting EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs

The Office of Management and Budget has suggested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce its staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate several …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

EPA delays rule for miners to give cleanup assurances

Facing pushback from industry and Republicans in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency delayed on Friday a proposal that would require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal …


Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry

In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal environmental regulations …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Scott Pruitt, longtime adversary of EPA, confirmed to lead the agency

Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency’s next …


Scores of EPA workers object to Trump’s pick to lead agency

Hundreds of current and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s pick to head the department.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 8:26 p.m.

EPA science under scrutiny by Trump political staff

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is scrutinizing studies and data published by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, while new work is under a “temporary hold” before it can be …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 2:46 p.m.

EPA science under scrutiny by Trump political staff

The Trump administration is mandating that any studies or data from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency undergo review by political appointees before they can be released to the public.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Trump team orders EPA contract freeze and media blackout

The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.


Obama’s EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient, a decision that will …


Oklahoma attorney general who’s suing EPA on climate change is picked to lead EPA

In a move signaling an intention to dismantle President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy, President-elect Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive …