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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 …


Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants

The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants …


EPA head tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has told workers at the nation’s largest underground coal mining complex the “regulatory assault” on the coal industry is over.


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:31 p.m.

State Sen. Doug Ericksen juggling EPA job gets state and federal pay

A Washington state senator who has been juggling his legislative duties while working in the Trump administration has collected nearly $6,000 from the state in daily expense allowances so far …


Trump’s EPA moves to defund programs that protect children from lead-based paint

Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint – which is known to cause damage to developing brains and nervous …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater near Fairchild, officials say

Fairchild Air Force Base says groundwater that supplies nearby homes may have been contaminated by a fire-extinguishing foam that the Air Force stopped using last year after a recommendation by …


Act locally to resist climate change rollbacks

Trump’s beliefs about climate change and carbon emissions and economic impacts are an affront to science.


Froma Harrop: Trump won’t win car-emissions battle

Other countries are setting rules for tighter fuel efficiency. California would actually be doing the industry a favor by pushing it to make products more competitive in other markets.


Deadline nears for asbestos work in contaminated Libby

Residents of a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning have until the end of the month to contact environmental officials to …


EPA denies petition to ban pesticide used on crops

The Trump Administration on Wednesday denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops, reversing a push …


Robert J. Samuelson: Government tapped as slush fund

We should revert to the budget’s role as an exercise in political choice, not an instrument of economic policy.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Trump plans would reverse Obama’s climate push

President Donald Trump plans to sign a far-reaching executive order Tuesday to promote domestic oil, coal and natural gas by reversing much of his predecessor’s efforts to address climate change.


Washington, Oregon governors vow to fight Trump

Washington state and Oregon will fight attempts by President Donald Trump to weaken environmental protection laws, the Democratic governors of the two states say.


Silver Valley waste respository topic of April 5 meeting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on its plans to rebuild a waste repository in the Canyon Creek area, near Wallace.


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Idaho agency loosens agricultural field burning restrictions

Idaho officials on Thursday approved rules loosening restrictions on agricultural field burning that health advocates say will lead to breathing problems for some residents.


How James Inhofe is upending the nation’s energy and environmental policies

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has long been one of the nation’s most powerful climate-change skeptics


Robert J. Samuelson: ‘Administrative state’ a serious concern

We like clean air and water; safer vehicles; effective drugs; honest financial markets; uncontaminated food and much more. But we dislike the burden of collective compliance.


EPA withdraws Obama-era request for data on oil, natural gas

The Environmental Protection Agency is withdrawing an Obama-era request that oil and natural gas companies provide information on methane emissions at oil and gas operations.


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

White House proposes cutting EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs

The Office of Management and Budget has suggested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce its staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate several …


Records show EPA’s Pruitt used private email, despite denial

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff while serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general, despite telling Congress that he always used a state email …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

Environmental chief promises swift rollback of Obama-era rules

U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt unveiled plans to roll back at least three Obama-era rules at the EPA while vowing to give businesses “regulatory certainty.”


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

EPA delays rule for miners to give cleanup assurances

Facing pushback from industry and Republicans in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency delayed on Friday a proposal that would require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal …


Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry

In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal environmental regulations …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 4:20 p.m.

Pruitt to EPA employees: ‘We don’t have to choose’ between jobs and the environment

In his first full work day as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt made clear Monday that he intends to step back from what he sees as the …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Scott Pruitt, longtime adversary of EPA, confirmed to lead the agency

Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency’s next …