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Dems ask for EPA info after scientists kept from speaking

Several Democratic members of Congress are asking the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency whether three agency scientists were prevented from speaking at a conference because it included a …


Toxins in widespread use excluded from EPA chemical review

Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of …


EPA may repeal emission standards for truck components

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to repeal tighter emissions standards for truck components, a rule adopted in the final months of the Obama administration aimed at controlling traditional air …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 4:58 p.m.

EPA keeps scientists from speaking about report on climate

The Environmental Protection Agency kept three scientists from appearing at a Monday event about a report that deals in part with climate change.


Grand jury likely investigated but did not charge Pacific Steel in 2015 chlorine gas leak that killed employee

The U.S. Attorney’s Office likely impaneled a grand jury to investigate a 2015 chlorine gas leak at Pacific Steel and Recycling that killed one worker and seriously injured four others, …


Senators press Pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with a group of senators from corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump’s nominees …


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 …


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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 …