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UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018

Under fire for travel expenses, EPA’s Pruitt cancels trip to Israel

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has canceled a nearly weeklong trip to Israel, agency officials confirmed Sunday.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Amazon to pay $1.2 million in illegal pesticide sales case

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides. It’s one of the largest penalties assessed under federal pesticides …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018

Trump: Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels

The Trump administration is targeting federal funding for studying and tracking climate change while boosting the continued burning of planet-warming fossil fuels.

Scott Pruitt once said Trump ‘would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama – and that’s saying a lot’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a 2016 interview that “Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama,” according to …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018

EPA reaches agreement over cleanup of Butte Hill Superfund

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement that could conclude the cleanup of mining waste in Butte and remove the area from the Superfund list.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018

Daughter: EPA official wore disguise to spy on driving test

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Cathy Stepp wore a fake nose and sunglasses to try to help her daughter pass a 2011 Wisconsin driving test after she failed her initial …

Federal agency proposes approving Idaho field burning rules

Federal officials are proposing approving Idaho’s request to loosen field burning rules that backers say offer more flexibility to disperse smoke away from people but that health advocates say will …

Government shutdown: What’s closed, who’s affected

Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they’ll be able to return to work and how long they’ll have to go without being paid …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Regulators to DOE: No more Hanford demolition until we say it’s safe

Hanford regulators have ordered the Department of Energy not to restart demolition of the nuclear reservation’s highly radioactively contaminated Plutonium Finishing Plant until regulators agree the work can be done …

Sen. Doug Ericksen says rumors about EPA job false

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen says rumors of his appointment to a job with the Environmental Protection Agency are false and that he’s running for re-election this year.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018

Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen appointed to EPA adviser job

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen has been appointed as the senior adviser to the Region 10 administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

The Environmental Protection Agency is touting cleanups at seven of the nation’s most polluted places as a signature accomplishment in the Trump administration’s effort to reduce the number of Superfund …

In ‘defense of science,’ researchers sue EPA over move to overhaul advisory boards

A group of the Environmental Protection Agency’s current and former advisory board members sued the agency Thursday over Administrator Scott Pruitt’s controversial decision to bar scientists who receive agency grants …

EPA chief sweeps office for bugs, installs high-tech locks

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency used public money to have his office swept for hidden listening devices and bought sophisticated biometric locks for additional security.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017

Water from Oregon river off-limits after fuel spill

Officials in western Oregon say 11,600 gallons of fuel spilled with an unknown amount entering the North Santiam River and a truck driver died after the tanker truck overturned and …

EPA mum on whether failed Trump nominee is still on the job

The Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to say whether President Donald Trump’s failed pick to oversee chemical safety will continue to work there as a senior adviser, a role that …

IG to probe EPA chief’s purchase of soundproof privacy booth

A government watchdog will examine whether the head of the Environmental Protection Agency misused taxpayer money by purchasing a soundproof booth for making private phone calls from his office.

14 states sue to allege U.S. failure to enforce smog rules

Fourteen states, including Washington, and the District of Columbia announced Thursday that they are suing the Trump administration over what they say is a failure to enforce smog standards.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017

EPA still weighing fine for geese deaths at former mine

Nearly a year after at least 3,000 snow geese died in the toxic waters of a former open pit copper mine, the Environmental Protection Agency says it hasn’t decided yet …

Trump EPA nominee opposed by GOP senators from N.C.

North Carolina’s two Republican senators say they oppose President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting Michael L. Dourson’s nomination at serious risk.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Where should Hanford be regulated from — Seattle or Tri-Cities?

The Environmental Protection Agency is advertising for a new Hanford nuclear reservation program manager, but the person may not live or work in the Tri-Cities.

EPA extends controversial conflict-of-interest policy to nearly two dozen advisory boards

When EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a plan recently to forbid scientists who receive grants from the agency from serving as outside advisers, he singled out three key groups: the …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017

Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he will replace the panels that advise him on science and public health issues with new members holding more diverse views.

Dems ask for EPA info after scientists kept from speaking

Several Democratic members of Congress are asking the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency whether three agency scientists were prevented from speaking at a conference because it included a …

Toxins in widespread use excluded from EPA chemical review

Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of …

EPA may repeal emission standards for truck components

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to repeal tighter emissions standards for truck components, a rule adopted in the final months of the Obama administration aimed at controlling traditional air …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

EPA keeps scientists from speaking about report on climate

The Environmental Protection Agency kept three scientists from appearing at a Monday event about a report that deals in part with climate change.

Grand jury likely investigated but did not charge Pacific Steel in 2015 chlorine gas leak that killed employee

The U.S. Attorney’s Office likely impaneled a grand jury to investigate a 2015 chlorine gas leak at Pacific Steel and Recycling that killed one worker and seriously injured four others, …

Senators press Pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with a group of senators from corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump’s nominees …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

EPA orders cleanup at Texas toxic site flooded by Harvey

The Trump administration has handed a rare victory to environmentalists. It’s ordered two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may …