Stories tagged: environmental protection agency
UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020
Three Inland Northwest diesel truck companies agree to pay EPA penalties for selling prohibited emission products
The fines, totaling $180,000, were agreed to in January. The three companies sold parts intended to allow diesel trucks to bypass features that ensure compliance with air quality standards from …
Mon., Feb. 17, 2020
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 …
Sun., Dec. 1, 2019
Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation
The 64-year-old activist seeks justice and community engagement at Superfund meetings, tribal gatherings and even from her chemotherapy chair.
Sat., Nov. 16, 2019
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 …
Mon., Nov. 4, 2019
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 …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019
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
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed revoking Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from many oil facilities, a move that environmental groups said was meant to renounce the agency’s …
Mon., July 22, 2019
WASHINGTON – A key architect of the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken federal climate rules is under scrutiny by a federal watchdog for his dealings with industry players who lobbied …
UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019
President Donald Trump is promoting what he is calling his administration’s “environmental leadership” despite its sweeping rollbacks of landmark environmental and public health protections. Critics are calling it a credulity-straining …
Fri., June 28, 2019
Local governments, industries submit plans to limit pollution in Spokane River as conservation groups cry foul
The Department of Ecology has accepted applications from Spokane, Liberty Lake, Spokane County, Kaiser and Inland Empire Paper to avoid having to meet a standard for cancer-causing pollution that they …
Thu., June 13, 2019
Mead School District is ‘one of the lucky ones’: EPA grant helps with purchase of five more new buses
Mead School District Transportation Director Brian Liberg has been busy using grant money from the state and federal government to get old school buses, some dating back as far as …
UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019
The residents of this 500-person town have nothing but bitter warnings for similarly situated communities now that President Donald Trump’s EPA has approved Oklahoma to be the first state to …
UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019
The notice comes a month after the agency said it posted in error a request for comments on a change to allowable limits for polychlorinated biphenyls, a known carcinogen that …
Sun., April 14, 2019
Tribes, conservation groups cry foul after Trump administration signals rollback of Spokane River quality standards
The request for public comment on a plan to revisit allowable pollution levels in Washington’s waterways did not include notification to the state’s Department of Ecology or native tribes. The …
UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency is banning consumer sales of a deadly paint stripper after personal appeals by families of men killed by the product.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency has appointed a scientist who argues for easing regulations on lower-level radiation exposures to lead the agency’s radiation advisory committee.
Tue., Jan. 15, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018
The Trump administration announced a deal in March that would allow the long-closed Bunker Hill Mine to reopen. But the Canadian company trying to restart mining operations has financial troubles, …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018
The company that hoped to reopen the Bunker Hill Mine later this year has defaulted on its lease-purchase option payment.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018
Bunker Hill Mining Co. is behind on $400,000 in lease-purchase payments to the owner of the underground lead-zinc-silver property. The company has until Oct. 14 to make the outstanding payment.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation agreed to pay $115,000 to settle violations related to improper handling of hazardous waste at Grand Coulee Dam.
Thu., Aug. 23, 2018
Washington plans to sue Trump administration over proposed loosening of coal regulations.
UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018
President Donald Trump told leaders of the world’s top automakers on Friday that he wants to see more cars built in the United States as his administration weighs plans to …
Sat., May 5, 2018
The state of Washington will look for money to conduct air quality monitoring downwind of a Canadian smelter, after the federal government declined to restart the testing.
Fri., April 27, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency is opening internal investigations into Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night condo deal with a lobbyist and other recent allegations, adding to about a dozen federal probes involving the …
UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018
Northport residents renew calls for air monitoring after state modeling says a Canadian smelter is polluting their town
Northport residents want air quality monitors installed after state modeling suggested a Canadian smelter could be blanketing their town with heavy metals.
UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018
In a move that could allow the storied Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg to reopen, the federal government has settled a longstanding Superfund lawsuit against its owner.
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018
A $48 million federal project to keep heavy metals out of the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River gets underway this spring. The work will be visible from Interstate …
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017
A Westport man, who until recently worked an alternative fuels company that operated in both Moses Lake and Pasco, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison after investigators …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017
Idaho wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over regulating underground injection wells needed by the state’s oil and natural gas industry to dispose of wastewater.