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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:34 p.m.

EPA orders cleanup at Texas toxic site flooded by Harvey

The Trump administration has handed a rare victory to environmentalists. It’s ordered two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 5:21 p.m.

Trump administration to terminate Obama’s climate plan

The Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday.


EPA tries to cut risk of pollution from storm in Mississippi

Environmental officials are releasing 40 million gallons of partially treated wastewater in Mississippi in advance of Hurricane Nate, trying to prevent a worse spill.


EPA watchdog expands probe of Pruitt’s travel

The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is expanding an inquiry into Administrator Scott Pruitt’s frequent taxpayer-funded travel, the watchdog office said Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

EPA moves to rescind Obama plan to slow global warming

The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power …


EPA says dioxins might have washed downriver during Harvey

The Environmental Protection Agency says an unknown amount of a dangerous chemical linked to birth defects and cancer may have washed downriver from a Houston-area Superfund site during the flooding …


Federal employees ordered to attend anti-leaking classes

Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information.


Evidence of spills during floods at toxic site

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston’s dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial …


EPA sets hearing on Idaho’s plan to handle wastewater

The Environmental Protection Agency will visit Lewiston on Thursday to collect public comments on Idaho’s application to write and administer wastewater discharge permits in the state. Idaho is one of …


Hanford waste dug up, groundwater cleaned. Thanks go in part to retiring EPA official

The Tri-Cities’ top federal regulatory official for the Hanford nuclear reservation has retired after more than eight years in the job.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 9:12 p.m.

Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area

Long a center of the nation’s petrochemical industry, the Houston metro area has more than a dozen Superfund sites, designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as being among America’s most …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

EPA to rewrite limits for coal power plant wastewater

The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

EPA chief backtracks on delaying rules reducing emissions

One day after getting sued by 15 states, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has reversed his decision to delay implementation of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.


EPA head defends White House’s plan for massive cuts to his agency

President Donald Trump once vowed to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” leaving behind only “tidbits.” On Thursday, the man he appointed to lead the …


House approves bill seeking to upend EPA pesticide rule

The House on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed measure reversing an Environmental Protection Agency requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

Trump budget slashes money of clean air and water programs

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air …


EPA sets aside $12 million for employee buyouts in FY 2017

The EPA is setting aside $12 million of its fiscal 2017 budget allocation for a previously announced plan to offer employee buyouts and incentives for early retirements as part of …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Liquor laws, May 11, 1934


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels

Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning policies, the first step …


EPA buries climate-change site for kids

The Environmental Protection Agency has sidelined a website aimed at teaching schoolchildren about climate change, a public watchdog group has determined, as part of the agency’s efforts to align online …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

States move to roll back environmental rules in Trump’s wake

Emboldened by the environmental rollbacks of President Donald Trump, state legislatures are following suit, taking aim at items as varied as solar incentives, chemical spill protections and even anti-pipeline protesters.


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water

Seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut, the Trump administration on Tuesday got an earful from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren’t strict …


UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

EPA website removes climate science site from public view

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday evening its website would be “undergoing changes” to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites …


Seattle-based seafood processor, EPA settle on Alaska clean air violations

A Seattle-based seafood processing company operating in Alaska will be assessed a $1.3 million civil penalty for violating clean air rules under a proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection …


EPA chief delays methane rule at behest of oil and gas firms

The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry.


Pesticide maker Dow Chemical tries to kill risk study

Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

EPA plans to offer buyouts as part of Trump push to shrink workforce

The Environmental Protection Agency said this week that it would begin the process of shrinking its 15,000-employee workforce through buyouts, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order last …


EPA emerges as major target after Trump solicits policy advice from industry

Just days after taking office, President Donald Trump invited American manufacturers to recommend ways the government could cut regulations and make it easier for companies to get their projects approved.


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

BP trying to get leaking oil well under control on Alaska’s North Slope

A BP oil and gas production well in Alaska’s North Slope blew out Friday morning, and on Saturday afternoon, the well was still not under control as responders fought subfreezing …


Trump’s EPA chief wants ‘exit’ from Paris climate agreement

President Donald Trump’s top environment official called for an “exit” from the historic Paris agreement Thursday in what appeared to be the first time such a high-ranking official has so …