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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 …


GOP-led House committee demands interviews with Pruitt aides

The Republican-led House oversight committee is demanding interviews with five close aides to embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, including his security chief.


EPA to clean up toxic Texas site damaged by Hurricane Harvey

Federal environmental regulators have reached a long-awaited agreement with the owners of a polluted toxic waste site in Texas that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey, releasing dangerous chemicals into a …


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

New probes underway into EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s conduct

Scott Pruitt is facing new and expanded ethics investigations for his handling of taxpayer dollars and possible perks he’s gotten as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Sources: EPA chief spent millions on security and travel

EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s concern with personal safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away …


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Trump expresses confidence in EPA chief as questions linger

White House officials sounded increasingly doubtful Thursday about the future of embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, even as President Donald Trump appeared to throw him a public lifeline.


Trump offers support to embattled EPA head

President Donald Trump is offering strong support for Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who is at the center of swirling ethics questions, the White House said …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

EPA says Pruitt’s condo lease didn’t violate ethics rules

An agency ethics official at the Environmental Protection Agency says Administrator Scott Pruitt’s lease of a Capitol Hill condo tied to a prominent fossil-fuels lobbyist didn’t violate federal ethics rules.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

EPA chief paid $50 a night for D.C. condo linked to lobbyist

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency paid just $50 a night to stay in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents fossil fuel …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

U.S. government sues Montana county over drinking water system

The U.S. government has asked a judge to approve an agreement with Beaverhead County to upgrade a small Montana community’s drinking water system after years of finding excessive contamination and …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 6:07 p.m.

Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards

The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate …


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.


Trump picks Dow Chemical lawyer for key role at EPA

President Donald Trump on Friday picked a chemical industry insider to run the Environmental Protection Agency office that oversees emergency response to hazardous spills and cleanups of the nation’s most …


After uproar, EPA’s Pruitt says he plans to fly coach: ‘There’s a change coming’

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, facing ongoing criticism about his taxpayer-funded, first-class travels, says he plans to spend more time in coach.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

House panel seeks info on EPA chief’s first-class flights

A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

Under fire for travel expenses, EPA’s Pruitt cancels trip to Israel

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has canceled a nearly weeklong trip to Israel, agency officials confirmed Sunday.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

Amazon to pay $1.2 million in illegal pesticide sales case

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides. It’s one of the largest penalties assessed under federal pesticides …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Trump: Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels

The Trump administration is targeting federal funding for studying and tracking climate change while boosting the continued burning of planet-warming fossil fuels.