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Navajo Nation, New Mexico reach settlements over mine spill

 The Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico have reached multimillion-dollar settlements with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three Western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals, officials confirmed Wednesday.

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.

Biden picks North Carolina environmental chief to lead EPA

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday offered the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency to Michael S. Regan, a North Carolina regulator who has made a name pursuing cleanups of industrial toxins and helping low-income and minority communities hit hardest by pollution.

Top California air, climate regulator hopes to run Biden EPA

Over four decades, Mary Nichols has been the regulator behind some of the nation’s most ambitious climate policies and, in recent years, she’s been their staunchest defender against President Donald Trump's effort to dismantle them.

Airway Heights import/export company fined $65,000 by EPA for emissions violations

DM Imports agreed to the settlement earlier this month, according to enforcement records from the Environmental Protection Agency. A complaint filed in the case alleges that inspection of three new trucks brought across the border from Canada in March showed that systems reducing emissions had either been removed, or disconnected from sensors monitoring pollution. The inspections were conducted by Customs and Border Patrol Agents based at the border crossing in Eastport, Idaho. 

EPA, Kaiser cleanup of former smelter in Mead shows evolution in environmental understanding

In the early 1970s, park officials and neighborhood advocates rejoiced in the addition of a new public park where an outfall pipe from the Kaiser smelting plant met Deadman Creek. Fifty years later, environmental regulators and the former owners of the property are trying to stop that flow, based on new knowledge about the harm of asbestos and other chemicals. 

6 former EPA bosses call for agency reset after election

Six former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs are calling for an agency reset after President Donald Trump’s regulation-chopping, industry-minded first term, backing a detailed plan by former EPA staffers that ranges from renouncing political influence in regulation to boosting climate-friendly electric vehicles.

EPA says it will start asbestos, PCB cleanup of former Kaiser smelter in Mead this week

The contaminants are collecting in pipes that feed into retention ponds, where levels of contaminants are thousands of times beyond what is permitted for human health. The site of the former plant is owned by a recycling company, but an undeveloped area north of the old smelter remains in Kaiser's hands and is where much of the groundwater contamination has been located by regulators. 

Probe: Top U.S. official misused office to get son-in-law job

A senior Trump administration official misused his office for private gain by capitalizing on his government connections to help get his son-in-law hired at the Environmental Protection Agency, investigators said in a report obtained by The Associated Press.

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.

Utilities say they’re against EPA rollback on mercury emissions

For more than three years, the Trump administration has prided itself on working with industry to unshackle companies from burdensome environmental regulations. But as the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to finalize the latest in a long line of rollbacks, the nation's power sector has sent a different message: Thanks, but no thanks.

Ecology officials offer answers about controversial ‘variance’ for pollutants in Spokane River

State regulators hope to publish in the spring their proposed rules governing discharge of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the Spokane River. Businesses and governments say the limit imposed by the federal government, currently under review, is too stringent to be met with current technology, while conservation groups worry a new, less strict temporary standard won’t protect the health of the community.

Trump administration eases Obama-era rules on coal pollution

The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country’s coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and waterways.