Stories tagged: Environmental Protection Agency
THURSDAY, 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: TUESDAY, 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: WEDNESDAY, 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: FRIDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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: FRIDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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: WEDNESDAY, 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: WEDNESDAY, 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: TUESDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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.
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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.
THURSDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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.
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 12:38 P.M.
Some Portland schools find elevated radon levels
Portland Public Schools says it has received results showing elevated levels of radon in rooms throughout the district.
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 3:22 P.M.
U.S. proposal would cut methane emissions sharply
The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to …
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016, 4 A.M.
Spokane River getting healthier, but controversy over discharge limits remains
The health of the Spokane River is improving, say Washington state officials, who are touting declines in cancer-causing PCBs as a promising trend in efforts to reduce toxic pollution in …
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016, 3:11 P.M.
Global warming making U.S. sick, report says
The federal government says man-made global warming is making America sicker and it’s only going to get worse.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016, 1 P.M.
Volkswagen gets a month for plan on diesel emissions fix
A federal judge on Thursday gave Volkswagen and regulators a month to provide a specific plan about how they will bring nearly 600,000 diesel cars into compliance with clean air …
TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2016, 4:40 P.M.
Supreme Court blocks Obama’s climate change rules
The Supreme Court dealt a surprising setback to President Barack Obama on Tuesday by putting his climate change policy on hold while coal producers and Republican-led states challenge its legality.
MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016, 1:14 P.M.
Asbestos-contaminated Montana town has cleanup plan approved
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have died due to asbestos …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7, 2015, 4:55 P.M.
Riverkeeper sues over Hangman Creek cleanup
A cleanup plan for Hangman Creek isn’t addressing pollution from poor agricultural practices, the Spokane Riverkeeper says.
FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2015, 2:28 P.M.
EPA issues new ozone standard, setting up clash with GOP
The Obama administration set a new national ozone standard Thursday, tightening limits on the smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2015
Oil spill closes St. Joe River; origin sought
An oil sheen on 1 1/2 miles of the St. Joe River is restricting boating traffic on the river and at the Aqua Park beach and boat launch in St. …
SATURDAY, AUG. 1, 2015
State’s clean water rules update postponed for reassessment
OLYMPIA – A major rewrite of the state’s clean water rules was put on hold Friday as Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the Department of Ecology to “reassess” the plan he …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015
Clearwater Paper settles pollution case for $1.1 million
Clearwater Paper Corp. has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle allegations of federal Clean Air Act violations at its Lewiston mill. The Spokane-based company will pay a $300,000 civil …