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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 3:28 p.m.

EPA set to end California’s ability to regulate fuel economy

The Trump administration is poised to revoke California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Trump administration to drop Obama-era water protection rule

The Trump administration plans to revoke an Obama-era regulation that provided federal protection to many U.S. wetlands and streams, according to two Environmental Protection Agency officials with knowledge of the …


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 …


In a twist, Colorado asks EPA to lower state’s air rating

Colorado took the unusual step of inviting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to downgrade the air quality rating of the state’s biggest population center, and not everyone thinks that was …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

EPA won’t approve warning labels for Roundup chemical

The Trump administration has instructed companies not to warn customers about products that contain glyphosate, a move aimed at California as it fights one of the world’s largest agriculture companies …


EPA’s watchdog is scrutinizing ethics practices of agency’s former air policy chief

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 15, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

GAO: EPA skirted procedures in overhaul of science boards

Government Accountability Office says Trump administration skirted some procedures and ethics rules in remaking the Environmental Protection Agency’s science advisory boards


EPA reverses ban on pesticide seen as threat to bees

The Trump administration is allowing a once-prohibited farm pesticide back on the market over objections from beekeepers.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

Senior EPA official steps down amid House ethics probe

A top Environment Protection Agency official who helped lead the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era restrictions of carbon emissions is resigning amid a congressional probe into whether he improperly aided …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

EPA defies climate warnings, gives coal plants a reprieve

The Trump administration has carried out a sweeping about-face on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants.


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

U.S. air quality is slipping after years of improvement

America’s air has been steadily getting cleaner, but the last two years that’s not been the case with more unhealthy air.


Attorney General Bob Ferguson sues Trump administration over water quality standards in Spokane River

The lawsuit alleges violations of federal law in the EPA’s decision last month to lessen standards for pollutants allowed into Washington waterways. The decision, which comes two years after federal …


Probe faults premium travel by former EPA head, bodyguards

The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog urged the agency on Thursday to look into recovering $124,000 in premium travel charges by former EPA head Scott Pruitt and his bodyguards. The …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 11:16 a.m.

EPA won’t compel GE to restart Hudson River dredging

The Environmental Protection Agency declined Thursday to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River, despite calls from New York officials and environmentalists who say contaminant levels from …


EPA says cleanup of gas spill near Lochsa River going well

The Environmental Protection Agency says the cleanup of a gasoline spill near the Lochsa River in north-central Idaho is going well and could be completed soon.


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

No known toxic releases at flooded Superfund sites, the EPA says

The Environmental Protection Agency says that there were no releases of hazardous contaminants at any of eight toxic waste sites in flooded parts of Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

Spokane’s mayor to testify in Congress on water quality

Spokane’s mayor is to testify before Congress on Thursday, asking for additional funding and support for cities trying to comply with federal clean water requirements.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

EPA unveils plan for chemicals found in West Plains drinking water; critics say it’s not enough

Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the plan, saying it effectively delays much-needed regulations on PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other health defects after …


Giddings introduces bills on federal Superfund site and rights-of-way issues

State Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, had two bills introduced this week, dealing with the Bunker Hill Superfund site and federal land rights-of-way.


EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

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: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants

The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment …


Trump EPA proposes rolling back another Obama-era coal rule

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed another rollback Thursday aimed at easing controls on emissions from coal-fired power plants, this time for new ones, even as warnings mount from the agency’s …


Jerry White Jr.: Protect our most treasured resource, the Spokane River

Industry requests to lower federal water quality standards are a threat to the public’s safety, putting economic gain over public health and the Spokane River we cherish.


Trump to name EPA’s acting chief to post permanently

President Donald Trump says he will name the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting head, Andrew Wheeler, to the post permanently.


Idaho utility’s lawsuit against EPA involving salmon on hold

A lawsuit by an Idaho utility against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning water temperature standards below a hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce has been put …


Federal judge orders EPA to protect salmon from warm temps in Columbia River basin

A federal judge has ordered protection for salmon in the Columbia River basin from warm water temperatures that have been lethal to salmon and steelhead as the climate changes.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers asks state regulators to pause on PCB permits in Spokane River

Citing an ongoing federal review of a pollution standard the congresswoman and local interests say is unattainable by current technology, McMorris Rodgers asked the Department of Ecology this week to …


Ousted EPA head Pruitt denies getting improper gifts, income

Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former Environmental Protection Agency chief, denied on Wednesday that he had obtained any out-of-the-ordinary gifts as a result of his Cabinet-level post, dismissing allegations he received …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Trump rollback would ease rules on climate-changing methane

The Trump administration moved closer Tuesday to rolling back Obama-era rules reducing oil and gas industry leaks of methane gas, one of the most potent agents of climate change.


Spin Control: Inslee gets his weather patterns wrong in coal debate

Could we really be breathing coal smoke from Mississippi, as Gov. Jay Inslee suggested?