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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.


Congress can still craft carbon plan

Congress still could pass a simple carbon tax, which would offer the cheapest route to greening the economy


Oklahoma, EPA shutter 32 wells in new earthquake-prone area

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake and a series of smaller aftershocks in Oklahoma led to the discovery of a new fault line and stoked fears among some scientists about activity along other …


U.S. clears way for cleanup of Colorado mine after huge spill

A Colorado mine that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers in three Western states was designated a Superfund site Wednesday, clearing the way for a multimillion-dollar federal …


Harley-Davidson to pay $15 million in EPA settlement

Harley-Davidson agreed to pay $15 million to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint over engine devices for motorcycles that the EPA said caused excessive pollution.


Federal judge orders EPA to finalize fish consumption rule

A federal judge on Wednesday set a timeline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize water-quality rules designed to protect human health in Washington state.


Idaho group backtracks on plastic bag maker accusations

An Idaho environmental group that accused a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste says it made a mistake.


EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions.


EPA fines lumber mill on Colville Reservation for clean-air violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined a lumber mill on the Colville Reservation $89,000 for repeated clean-air violations.


BP to pay $275K to resolve Whiting refinery violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says BP Products North America Inc. has agreed to pay $275,000 in penalties and reduce pollution at its Whiting Refinery to resolve water and air …


New Mexico is first to sue EPA, mine owners over massive 2015 spill

New Mexico became the first state to sue the federal government and the owners of two mines over the release of 3 million gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado …


Spokane regional clean air plan gets 10-year extension

Nearly 40 years of work in Spokane to clean up the air recently got a new approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. proposal would cut methane emissions sharply

The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to …


EPA fouls image with anti-ag grant

EPA grant money reportedly was used to spread this message in violation of federal anti-lobbying laws.


Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

A federal review says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect drinking-water reserves from oilfield contamination.


Global warming making U.S. sick, report says

The federal government says man-made global warming is making America sicker and it’s only going to get worse.


Volkswagen gets a month for plan on diesel emissions fix

A federal judge on Thursday gave Volkswagen and regulators a month to provide a specific plan about how they will bring nearly 600,000 diesel cars into compliance with clean air …


Groups sue EPA for not finalizing ‘fish consumption’ rule

Several environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not updating Washington’s water-quality rules partly tied to how much fish people eat.