Stories tagged: Environmental Protection Agency
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.
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
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 …
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 2:47 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 2:09 p.m.
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 …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
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.
Sat., April 15, 2017, 8:34 p.m.
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 …
Thu., April 13, 2017, 11:40 a.m.
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.
Thu., March 9, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:41 a.m.
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 …
Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 3:01 p.m.
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.
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 7:18 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 12:59 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 3:20 p.m.
Coal-export project called ‘flawed’ by EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency has criticized as inadequate a draft study the Army Corps of Engineers did on a proposed coal-export project in Washington state.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 9:36 a.m.
EPA approves parts of Washington clean-water plan
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday finalized water-quality rules for Washington state tied partly to how much fish people eat, approving some aspects of the state’s plan but deciding in …
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016, 4:40 p.m.
Feds adopt Washington water rules to protect fish-eaters from pollution
Federal regulators have finalized water-quality rules for Washington state tied partly to how much fish people eat, approving many aspects of the state’s plan but also setting some stricter limits …
Tue., Aug. 2, 2016, 1:44 p.m.
Omak sawmill fined $89,000 for air pollution problems
An Omak, Washington, sawmill will pay $89,000 through a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal clean air rules.
Thu., June 23, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
With help from bankruptcy, cleanup of mine at former Idaho boom town begins
An environmental trust set up during Asarco Inc.’s bankruptcy is among the largest of its kind in the nation. The trust is expected to pay for 30 to 40 years …
Fri., June 10, 2016, 2:19 p.m.
Navy blows up WWII munitions near Bremerton
The Navy has blown up World War II munitions lost during the war in Ostrich Bay in Bremerton.