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US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President …


EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition

Democratic lawmakers joined scores of scientists, health providers, environmental officials and activists Tuesday in denouncing an industry-backed proposal that could limit dramatically the scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency considers …


EPA to Idaho town: Upgrade wastewater facility or face fines

The city of Heyburn is under a consent order by the Environmental Protection Agency to bring its wastewater treatment plant into compliance or face fines that could ruin the city.


Christine Todd Whitman: Pruitt’s replacement could be even worse

The familiar litany of now-former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s abuse of office is long, bizarre and shameful. But much more damaging were Pruitt’s policies. President Donald Trump’s tweeted praise for …


Worry and relief at EPA after scandal-plagued chief’s exit

Taking over from an ambitious predecessor known for seeking out the rich, powerful and conservative, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly named acting chief has promised to reach out to anxious …


EPA’s Scott Pruitt leaves his mark on businesses, but will it last?

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt tried to roll back rules affecting many industries, but whether he made lasting changes in the government’s regulation of business or …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 12:41 p.m.

Federal agency approves Idaho field burning rules

Federal officials have approved Idaho’s request to loosen field burning rules that backers say offer more flexibility to disperse smoke away from people but that health advocates say will lead …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Democratic lawmaker challenges Pruitt on EPA public records

Top political appointees of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed that they review in advance all of the public records released by the agency under the Freedom of Information …


Idaho utility sues EPA over Hells Canyon dams requirement

An Idaho utility has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contending the agency failed to act on a request by the state of Idaho to modify water …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 3:44 p.m.

EPA chief confirms another departure: his senior counsel

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt announced the resignation of his senior legal counsel on Thursday, the second departure of a top aide in as many days and one of …


Emails: Pruitt told staffer to handle another personal chore

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had an agency staffer reach out to Chick-fil-A on government email about a “potential business opportunity,” emails show. The opportunity, according to one former …


Idaho to take over regulating water pollution from EPA

Idaho will take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government under an agreement signed Tuesday by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection …


EPA chief Scott Pruitt had aide do numerous personal tasks, including a hunt for a used Trump hotel mattress

In mid-September, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator’s director of scheduling and advance, Millan Hupp, contacted the Trump International Hotel in Washington with an unusual request. Hupp wanted to know how …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 2:33 p.m.

Emails show collaboration among EPA, climate-change deniers

Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, …


Nampa meets with EPA administrator in hopes of reducing wastewater upgrade costs

After getting voter approval for a $165 million wastewater bond, Nampa city leadership has started talks with regulators on ways to keep upgrade costs down.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 6:05 p.m.

EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

A reporter for the Associated Press was grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of an Environmental Protection Agency building by a security guard Tuesday for trying to cover a …


Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

Four Senate Democrats asked Scott Pruitt on Monday for details about a new legal defense fund to help the Environmental Protection Agency administrator as he weathers a series of federal …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 4:04 p.m.

EPA’s Pruitt faces senators’ question on spending, security

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faced tough questioning Wednesday from senators about ethics investigations involving his travel spending, security precautions and large raises for young aides.


EPA inspector general investigating Pruitt email accounts

The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is opening an investigation into Administrator Scott Pruitt’s use of multiple email accounts.


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

Watchdog: EPA’s Pruitt demanded 24/7 armed security on Day 1

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented, around-the-clock armed security protection on his very first day at the agency.


Ann McFeatters: A letter from Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON – My fellow Americans, I understand that some of you are questioning why I, Scott Pruitt, head of what’s-its-name, that environmental office that I sued 13 times, spent $100,000 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 6:53 p.m.

EPA security chief, Superfund head leave amid ethics probes

The two top officials in charge of security and toxic-waste cleanups at the Environmental Protection Agency have abruptly left their jobs, days after EPA administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers that …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 3:02 p.m.

California sues over plan to scrap car emission standards

California and 16 other states – including Washington – sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its plans to scrap standards on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, which help set gas …


Robert Redford: The biggest Scott Pruitt scandal is the one right in front of us

President Donald Trump should follow the suggestion of many – including some within his own party, and reportedly even his chief of staff – and replace Environmental Protection Agency Administrator …


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 8:51 a.m.

At hearings, EPA chief Pruitt seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers over his profligate spending and lobbyist …


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

EPA chief signs proposal limiting science used in decisions

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule Tuesday that seeks to restrict the types of scientific studies that regulators can use to determine the impact of pesticide …


Lawmakers: EPA analysis said Pruitt bug sweep was inadequate

Internal documents from the Environmental Protection Agency say a sweep for hidden listening devices requested by Administrator Scott Pruitt for his office was conducted with shoddy methods and didn’t meet …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

California man gets 4 years in prison over local energy credit scam

A California man was sentenced to more than four years in prison Friday after he previously pleaded guilty to defrauding millions of dollars from the government through the sale of …


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

GAO says EPA violated spending law on Pruitt’s privacy booth

An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in …