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Trump EPA nominees on hold amid dispute over biofuel mandate

A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump’s nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency amid opposition to the administration’s proposed reduction in the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017

Riverfront Park receives $600,000 in federal funding as ‘brownfield’ site

Park planners will be able to spend the grant money on soil cleanup efforts on the former Canada Island, Havermale Island and the north bank of the Spokane River that …


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Trump budget slashes money of clean air and water programs

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air …


Mining waste cleanup to create 400 summer jobs in Silver Valley

If you don’t like dump trucks, stay out of Idaho’s Silver Valley this summer. More than $20 million work of environmental cleanup work in the historic mining district this year …


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017

EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels

Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning policies, the first step …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017

States move to roll back environmental rules in Trump’s wake

Emboldened by the environmental rollbacks of President Donald Trump, state legislatures are following suit, taking aim at items as varied as solar incentives, chemical spill protections and even anti-pipeline protesters.


Alaska oil well leaking gas in northern part of state

A federal official says crews in Alaska are ready to shut down an oil well that is misting natural gas on the frozen North Slope, but officials say it’s too …


EPA head tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has told workers at the nation’s largest underground coal mining complex the “regulatory assault” on the coal industry is over.


EPA chief: Carbon dioxide not primary cause of warming

The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream …


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017

Trump set to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements

The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of new cars and trucks. The requirements were a …


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

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: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

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.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017

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

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.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

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.


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 …


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 …


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 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 …


Feds adopt Washington water rules to protect fish-eaters from pollution

Federal regulators have finalized water-quality rules for Washington state tied partly to how much fish people eat, approving many aspects of the state’s plan but also setting some stricter limits …


Omak sawmill fined $89,000 for air pollution problems

An Omak, Washington, sawmill will pay $89,000 through a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating federal clean air rules.


With help from bankruptcy, cleanup of mine at former Idaho boom town begins

An environmental trust set up during Asarco Inc.’s bankruptcy is among the largest of its kind in the nation. The trust is expected to pay for 30 to 40 years …


Navy blows up WWII munitions near Bremerton

The Navy has blown up World War II munitions lost during the war in Ostrich Bay in Bremerton.


Some Portland schools find elevated radon levels

Portland Public Schools says it has received results showing elevated levels of radon in rooms throughout the district.


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 …


Spokane River getting healthier, but controversy over discharge limits remains

The health of the Spokane River is improving, say Washington state officials, who are touting declines in cancer-causing PCBs as a promising trend in efforts to reduce toxic pollution in …


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.