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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 …


Scores of EPA workers object to Trump’s pick to lead agency

Hundreds of current and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s pick to head the department.


Trump team relaxes EPA restrictions on media, contracts

The Trump administration said this week it has thawed its temporary freeze on contract and grant approvals at the Environmental Protection Agency, with all $3.9 billion in planned spending moving …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

GOP senators move Trump EPA pick ahead as Dems boycott vote

Republicans suspended Senate committee rules Thursday to muscle President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency toward confirmation after Democrats boycotted a vote.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 7 p.m.

Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget

The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 8:26 p.m.

EPA science under scrutiny by Trump political staff

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is scrutinizing studies and data published by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, while new work is under a “temporary hold” before it can be …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Superfund cleanups not affected by EPA freeze on new contracts, officials say

From nuclear waste on the Hanford Reservation to toxic mining pollution in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin, the federal government is in charge of multiple cleanups of highly polluted sites …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 2:46 p.m.

EPA science under scrutiny by Trump political staff

The Trump administration is mandating that any studies or data from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency undergo review by political appointees before they can be released to the public.


How will Trump’s policies affect the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene region?

Presidents usually use their first 100 days to highlight promises they made in the campaign and emphasize progress on their agenda. Donald Trump is no exception, becoming the first president …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Trump team orders EPA contract freeze and media blackout

The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Trump picks two Washington legislators to work with the EPA during transition

SEATTLE – Two Republican state legislators from Washington have been chosen by President Donald Trump to help reshape the Environmental Protection Agency. The Seattle Times reports that former state Sen. …


Pruitt’s lawsuits against EPA among tense topics at confirmation hearing

Scott Pruitt, who repeatedly has sued the Environmental Protection Agency during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, declined to say Wednesday whether he would recuse himself from those ongoing cases …


Obama’s EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient, a decision that will …


Groups sue feds to force Washington to protect Puget Sound

An environmental group is suing the federal government to force Washington state to do more to protect Puget Sound from polluted runoff from roads, farms, logging and boats.


Oklahoma attorney general who’s suing EPA on climate change is picked to lead EPA

In a move signaling an intention to dismantle President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy, President-elect Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive …


EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing …


Coal-export project called ‘flawed’ by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has criticized as inadequate a draft study the Army Corps of Engineers did on a proposed coal-export project in Washington state.


EPA to keep strict gas mileage standards in place

The Obama administration has decided not to change government fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks despite protests from automakers.


EPA approves parts of Washington clean-water plan

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday finalized water-quality rules for Washington state tied partly to how much fish people eat, approving some aspects of the state’s plan but deciding in …


Dean Rudolf: Federal policy stymies renewable energy

The issue of biomass became hotter this year after 100 forest scientists sent the EPA administrator a letter about the science of biomass.