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EPA restoring state and tribal power to protect waterways

 In the latest reversal of a Trump-era policy, the Environmental Protection Agency is restoring a rule that grants states and Native American tribes authority to block pipelines and other energy projects that can pollute rivers, streams and other waterways.

Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

FLINT, Mich. — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and key members of his administration, who are accused of various crimes in a calamitous plan that contaminated the community with lead and contributed to a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, authorities said Thursday.

A final EPA rollback under Trump curbs use of health studies

The Environmental Protection Agency released one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration on Tuesday, limiting what evidence it will consider about risks of pollutants in a way that opponents say could cripple future public health regulation.

Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door

Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats.

Trump reins in major environmental law to speed big projects

President Donald Trump is ready to roll back a foundational Nixon-era environmental law that he says stifles major infrastructure projects, but that environmentalists say has served for decades as a safeguard for low-income and minority communities.

Supreme Court rejects EPA’s narrow view of Clean Water Act

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sewage plants and other industries cannot avoid environmental requirements under landmark clean-water protections when they send dirty water on an indirect route to rivers, oceans and other navigable waterways.

Judge won’t stop Idaho tribe lawsuit against mining company

A Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe that seeks to force a Canadian gold mining company to acquire permits for pollution discharged from its central Idaho facility will be allowed to continue, a federal judge decided.

Industrial to incredible: Expo ’74 spurred beauty of Spokane River

Bill Youngs wrote a comprehensive book about the Spokane River and Expo ’74, “The Fair and the Falls,” and contends the drama and beauty of the falls cutting through downtown Spokane rivals the majesty of any national park. The river was rescued from an existence as a “trash dump,” and the cleaning and beautification of the park continues to this day.

Federal judge rejects move by South Florida water managers to end Everglades oversight

A judge rejected efforts by South Florida water managers to end federal oversight of Everglades water quality, telling their lawyers that it was “premature” given the recent election. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who oversees the order that for nearly 30 years set the strict limits for pollution entering marshes, said Monday that moving forward with the case so soon after the election, and the turnover of the South Florida Water Management District’s governing board under a new governor, was unwise.

Trump administration will review pollution rules affecting Spokane River

Rules affecting the amount of cancer-causing chemicals flowing into the Spokane River will be reviewed by the Trump administration. Business and industry groups petitioned for the review last year, urging officials to overturn federal pollution limits that are stricter than state thresholds.

Shawn Vestal: Airway Heights water worse than feared

People living around Fairchild Air Force Base drank water contaminated with a chemical found in firefighting foams, probably for decades. In the year since the pollution was discovered in city wells, residents have gone from bottled water to home water filters, and city officials have negotiated a temporary deal to access Spokane aquifer water. The goal has been to find clean water, not clean the dirty water. It’s a good thing, too, given that a new federal report indicates the water around the base was dirtier than previously known.

Idaho to take over regulating water pollution from EPA

Idaho will take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government under an agreement signed Tuesday by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Groups say central Idaho mine leaking pollution into river

An environmental group and environmental law firm say they’ll file a lawsuit against the state of Idaho if officials continue what the groups say are violations of the Clean Water Act at an abandoned mine in central Idaho.