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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.


Scott Pruitt once said Trump ‘would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama – and that’s saying a lot’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a 2016 interview that “Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama,” according to …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 11:53 a.m.

EPA reaches agreement over cleanup of Butte Hill Superfund

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement that could conclude the cleanup of mining waste in Butte and remove the area from the Superfund list.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 10:11 a.m.

Daughter: EPA official wore disguise to spy on driving test

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Cathy Stepp wore a fake nose and sunglasses to try to help her daughter pass a 2011 Wisconsin driving test after she failed her initial …


Federal agency proposes approving Idaho field burning rules

Federal officials are proposing approving 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 …


Government shutdown: What’s closed, who’s affected

Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they’ll be able to return to work and how long they’ll have to go without being paid …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 1:48 p.m.

Regulators to DOE: No more Hanford demolition until we say it’s safe

Hanford regulators have ordered the Department of Energy not to restart demolition of the nuclear reservation’s highly radioactively contaminated Plutonium Finishing Plant until regulators agree the work can be done …


Sen. Doug Ericksen says rumors about EPA job false

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen says rumors of his appointment to a job with the Environmental Protection Agency are false and that he’s running for re-election this year.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen appointed to EPA adviser job

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen has been appointed as the senior adviser to the Region 10 administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.


Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

The Environmental Protection Agency is touting cleanups at seven of the nation’s most polluted places as a signature accomplishment in the Trump administration’s effort to reduce the number of Superfund …


In ‘defense of science,’ researchers sue EPA over move to overhaul advisory boards

A group of the Environmental Protection Agency’s current and former advisory board members sued the agency Thursday over Administrator Scott Pruitt’s controversial decision to bar scientists who receive agency grants …


EPA chief sweeps office for bugs, installs high-tech locks

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency used public money to have his office swept for hidden listening devices and bought sophisticated biometric locks for additional security.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 12:04 p.m.

Water from Oregon river off-limits after fuel spill

Officials in western Oregon say 11,600 gallons of fuel spilled with an unknown amount entering the North Santiam River and a truck driver died after the tanker truck overturned and …


EPA mum on whether failed Trump nominee is still on the job

The Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to say whether President Donald Trump’s failed pick to oversee chemical safety will continue to work there as a senior adviser, a role that …


IG to probe EPA chief’s purchase of soundproof privacy booth

A government watchdog will examine whether the head of the Environmental Protection Agency misused taxpayer money by purchasing a soundproof booth for making private phone calls from his office.


14 states sue to allege U.S. failure to enforce smog rules

Fourteen states, including Washington, and the District of Columbia announced Thursday that they are suing the Trump administration over what they say is a failure to enforce smog standards.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 10:12 p.m.

EPA still weighing fine for geese deaths at former mine

Nearly a year after at least 3,000 snow geese died in the toxic waters of a former open pit copper mine, the Environmental Protection Agency says it hasn’t decided yet …


Trump EPA nominee opposed by GOP senators from N.C.

North Carolina’s two Republican senators say they oppose President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting Michael L. Dourson’s nomination at serious risk.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 12:19 p.m.

Where should Hanford be regulated from — Seattle or Tri-Cities?

The Environmental Protection Agency is advertising for a new Hanford nuclear reservation program manager, but the person may not live or work in the Tri-Cities.


EPA extends controversial conflict-of-interest policy to nearly two dozen advisory boards

When EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a plan recently to forbid scientists who receive grants from the agency from serving as outside advisers, he singled out three key groups: the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:51 p.m.

Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he will replace the panels that advise him on science and public health issues with new members holding more diverse views.