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Idaho utility’s lawsuit against EPA involving salmon on hold

A lawsuit by an Idaho utility against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning water temperature standards below a hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce has been put …


Federal judge orders EPA to protect salmon from warm temps in Columbia River basin

A federal judge has ordered protection for salmon in the Columbia River basin from warm water temperatures that have been lethal to salmon and steelhead as the climate changes.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers asks state regulators to pause on PCB permits in Spokane River

Citing an ongoing federal review of a pollution standard the congresswoman and local interests say is unattainable by current technology, McMorris Rodgers asked the Department of Ecology this week to …


Ousted EPA head Pruitt denies getting improper gifts, income

Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former Environmental Protection Agency chief, denied on Wednesday that he had obtained any out-of-the-ordinary gifts as a result of his Cabinet-level post, dismissing allegations he received …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Trump rollback would ease rules on climate-changing methane

The Trump administration moved closer Tuesday to rolling back Obama-era rules reducing oil and gas industry leaks of methane gas, one of the most potent agents of climate change.


Trump administration will review pollution rules affecting Spokane River

Rules affecting the amount of cancer-causing chemicals flowing into the Spokane River will be reviewed by the Trump administration. Business and industry groups petitioned for the review last year, urging …


Spin Control: Inslee gets his weather patterns wrong in coal debate

Could we really be breathing coal smoke from Mississippi, as Gov. Jay Inslee suggested?


Washington likely to sue EPA over new coal rules

Washington plans to sue Trump administration over proposed loosening of coal regulations.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 12:37 p.m.

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny …


Delegation from tribe visits D.C. over EPA changes

The Nez Perce Tribe sent a delegation from its governing body to Washington, D.C., to discuss Idaho’s proposal to oversee water pollution.


EPA delists federal Superfund site in Washington state

The Frontier Hard Chrome Inc. Superfund Site has been officially deleted from the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List.


Ann Carlson and Cara Horowitz: Trump begins his biggest assault yet on the environment

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed repeal of stringent vehicle emissions standards is the agency’s biggest assault on public health and the environment yet. The proposal would worsen climate change – …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

Citing safety, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back car-mileage standards, backing away from years of government efforts to cut Americans’ trips to the gas station and reduce unhealthy, …


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Federal agency to regulate oil injection wells in Idaho

The federal government has taken over regulating underground injection wells in Idaho in a move that could boost the state’s oil and natural gas production by making it cheaper to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 2:08 p.m.

Idaho town eyes pricey wastewater facility upgrade

Officials in the south-central Idaho city of Heyburn have agreed to move toward asking a judge to approve a bond to cover the cost of a major wastewater treatment upgrade …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight

A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems nationally and respond more quickly to public health emergencies such as …


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 …