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UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Greenhouse gases from oil and gas projected to continue to increase

That expansion will result in greenhouse gas emissions across the U.S. totaling 990.5 million tons per year by 2025, according to a study by the Environmental Integrity Project.


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.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Idaho utility will dismiss lawsuit against EPA over dams

An Idaho utility will dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involving relicensing of the company’s hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce.


Ruckelshaus, who defied Nixon in Watergate firing, dies

William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the U.S. Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Limits on cancer-causing pollutants in Spokane River to be subject of EPA hearing in Seattle

The hearing follows an online webinar in late August, in which the agency laid out its rationale for revisiting a cap on polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, allowable in wastewater. The …


EPA targets California over poor air quality

The Trump administration’s environmental battle with California intensified Tuesday, as the Environmental Protection Agency warned the state that it could lose federal highway funds if it doesn’t clean up its …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.