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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.

Washington, Ferguson join lawsuit against Trump administration water pollution rule

Washington is one of 20 states and the District of Columbia to challenge a federal rule, taking effect in September, that the states say limits their ability to enforce water quality standards when reviewing federal building projects. The Trump administration has pushed for the revisions, citing job creation and improving the U.S. energy market. 

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

FARGO, N.D. – A federal judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending a more thorough environmental review, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe three years after the pipeline first began carrying oil following months of protests. Tribal Chairman Mike Faith called it a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux and for those who have protested against the pipeline.

Lockdown reveals fresh air, cleaner rivers in India

India’s extended lockdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak has shut down schools, workplaces, industries, transport, and forced people to stay home. It also led to an unexpected bonus in the country with six out of 10 of the world’s most polluted cities: cleaner air.

EPA: California homelessness causing poor water quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says California is falling short on preventing water pollution, largely because of its problem with homelessness in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco

Dan Wilson: Don’t sacrifice jobs for unattainable water quality standards

As a 46-year union member and proud supporter of the Blue-Green Alliance, I’ve never accepted the idea we had to choose between a clean environment and good, family-wage jobs; I believe we can have both. The reaction of our state’s leadership to the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent proposal to reinstate water quality standards that Washington state put in place in 2016, and to now instead support EPA’s more stringent water quality standards that were put in place, is simply not the solution.

Millennium water quality permit denial upheld

In another setback to the proposed Longview coal project, a state board Wednesday upheld the denial of a key water quality permit for the Millennium Bulk Terminals project.

Toxic mine pollution halted near Lake Chelan

Toxic mine pollution is no longer flowing into Washington’s picturesque Lake Chelan for the first time in nearly 60 years because of a $500 million cleanup to contain contamination from the a mine, officials said this week.