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EPA targets more coal ash and waste rules as roll-backs continue

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed relaxing two Obama-era regulations on waste products from coal-fired power plants, a move environmental groups say would prolong the risk of toxic spills or drinking water contamination.

Fired by Trump, 20 air quality experts to issue findings anyway

Nearly one year ago, the Trump administration fired a panel of more than two dozen scientific experts who assisted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its review of air quality standards for particulate matter.

DC Circuit Court - EPA can't erase interstate smog rules

In a unanimous decision, the D.C. Circuit struck down an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule Tuesday that set loose guidelines for monitoring the amount of air pollution that travels across state lines.

Op-Ed: EPA threatens to pull highway funds over California's air quality

The Trump administration on Tuesday blamed California’s worst-in-the-nation air quality on shoddy paperwork, calling on the state to overhaul its plans for cleaning up toxic smog or risk losing billions in federal road dollars.

Trump's EPA to revoke California emission standards Wednesday

The Trump administration is expected to announce Wednesday plans to block California from setting its own vehicle emissions standards, a move that will likely lead to a long legal fight.

EPA efforts to rollback methane regulations facing opposition

Washington - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back Obama-era limits on emissions of methane at oil and gas operations.

New study shows rising pollution causing people to die earlier

A new study finds that rising levels of pollution worldwide increase the chances that people will die early. Even in Australia which has had low levels of pollution historically an increase in sooty air has led to a sharp jump in the early death rate.

EPA's biofuel waiver decision influenced by Trump phone call

A phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump last week ended a nearly two-month-long review of the nation’s biofuels program, three sources familiar with the matter said, with the White House siding in favor of oil refiners over corn growers.

EPA refuses to ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage

The Environmental Protection Agency, citing a lack of scientific evidence, has decided against a ban of the widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos, which critics say is associated with neurological problems in children.

Op-Ed: Obama's landmark 'climate rule' is dead — Thank you Mr. Trump

President Trump has thrown his latest lifeline to the ailing coal industry, significantly weakening one of former President Barack Obama's key policies to address climate change, the Clean Power Plan.

Barrels of agent orange chemicals found in Oregon lake

Joseph - Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week began the removal of barrels recently discovered at the bottom of Wallowa Lake marked as containing chemicals used in making agent orange.

EPA to end scientific research on children's health risks

Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution, and other hazards pose to children will be shut down because the Environmental Protection Agency won't commit to continued funding.

White House memo threatens EPA climate finding

Hard-line foes of climate action on Monday once again asked the Trump Administration to reverse the landmark Obama-era finding that greenhouse gases are a danger to human health and the environment.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 965,000 vehicles over excess emissions

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will recall about 965,000 gasoline-powered vehicles in the United States and Canada that do not meet emissions standards and will replace their catalytic converters, officials said on Wednesday.

Nearly all coal-fired power plants contaminating groundwater

After comparing monitoring data to health-based EPA standards and advisories, a new report issued on Monday found that 91 percent of coal-fired power plants with monitoring data are contaminating groundwater with unsafe levels of toxic pollutants.

EPA: Mercury limits on coal plants 'too costly and not needed'

Hours before the EPA put almost all of its 14,000 workers on furlough because of the government shutdown, the Agency announced its latest measure to preserve coal-fired power in the United States.

Trump takes credit for drop in greenhouse gas emissions in 2017

Washington - There's good news for the environment, the EPA announced on Monday. U.S. emissions of global warming greenhouse gases fell 2.7 percent in 2017 — despite Trump's efforts to revive the coal industry.

California board says 'No' to EPA freeze on new car emissions

Sacramento - At its meeting on Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) officially confirmed that it will stick with planned increases in emissions and fuel economy standards for cars sold in the state.

White House moves to roll back methane restrictions

Washington - The EPA thinks the previous administration went overboard on rules about greenhouse gases, and it's about to correct that. After earlier moves on carbon dioxide pollution from autos and coal plants, this time it's all about methane.

New pesticide is as harmful to bumblebees as Neonicotinoids

Agricultural pesticides are used to kill the pests that damage or destroy our crops, but at the same time, these pest killers are also killing the very pollinators that make agriculture possible. So it is with Sulfoxaflor, a new pesticide.

The toxic 'forever chemicals' lurking in our drinking water

At “community engagement sessions” around the country this summer, citizens are demanding the EPA act quickly and decisively to clean up local water systems that have tested positive for deadly chemicals called PFAs.

California answer to EPA on auto emission rollbacks: Game on!

Sacramento - After the Trump administration proposed loosening auto exhaust standards and revoking California’s authority to set its own rules, the state's air pollution regulators published their response on Tuesday. Boiled down to the gist, it says: No dice.

Op-Ed: Trump administration announces roll-back of vehicle standards

The EPA is starting to roll back one of the most important policies for limiting climate change we have. The agency is also picking a fight with states that want tougher car emission rules, setting itself up for a knock-down, drag-out legal fight.

California reaches reduction in GHG emission levels early

Meeting the reduction in greenhouse gas emission goals as set forth in the Paris agreement signed in December 2015 has been hard for many countries, but one U.S. state has met its emission goals ahead of schedule.

Pruitt, Chao to go to California to negotiate emission standards

President Trump has reportedly tapped Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt to negotiate fuel economy standards with California.

Trump agenda puts U.S. agriculture at trillion dollar risk

Four of the world's largest food companies have publicly called on the Trump administration to rethink its hostility to U.S. climate policy, warning that without new measures the country's agricultural system is at severe risk from weather extremes.

Op-Ed: Pruitt's reason for allowing dirtier cars? Auto industry lobby

Washington - On April 13, the EPA formally published in the Federal Register its decision to overturn the Obama administration's vehicle fuel efficiency standards. This latest action shows the EPA cares more about industry profits than the health of consumers.

Giant refiner gets EPA 'hardship' exemption from biofuel rules

San Antonio - The Environmental Protection Agency has exempted oil refiner Andeavor from complying with U.S. biofuels regulations, a waiver historically reserved for small operations in financial trouble, Reuters reports.

EPA plans to trash Obama-era tailpipe pollution standards

The Trump administration has decided to loosen Obama-era limits on exhaust from cars made from 2022 to 2025. A draft declaration is under review at the Office of Management and Budget, and it must be made official by the end of the week.

Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told

As first responders and residents struggled to save lives and property during the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey, the release of toxic chemicals was largely overlooked. But now we are finding out the truth was kept from the public.
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The EPA tests engine emissions very carefully but there is some debate as to how much focus they put on mileage.
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Worker at RadNet radiation monitor.
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A view of Upper Talarik Creek which flows into Lake Iliamna in the Kvichak River watershed. The watershed supports production of all five species of Pacific salmon found in North America.
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No pesticides. I love my family and the environment more than my lawn. Sierra Club window sign in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (September 2015).
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Clean up of PCBs in New York's Hudson River will cost General Electric about $460 million to complete. To date, 1.3 million cubic yards of sediment have been removed. Picture taken in 2014.
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Using dry ice to control rat populations has proven to be cost effective and safe for the environment, but the EPA says it is illegal under federal law.
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2015 advertisement promoting Energy Star-certified clothes dryers.
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Each year students compete in the P3 Award. In Phase I grants are awarded to continue research. Winners have an opportunity to receive additional funding to bring their product promoting sustainability to market.
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Tailing piles at Colorado Smelting and Refining Co., Anaconda operation. This photo was used in a lawsuit in the early 1900s.
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Scott Pruitt signing the proposal that would begin the lengthy legal process of rolling back the Clean Power Plan rules enacted under president Obama.
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Part of the Bristol Bay fishing fleet stands ready to put out. The average annual run of 37.5 million sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay supplies half of the world’s wild sockeye and accounts for thousands of jobs.
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Algae and debris on the surface of the Susquehanna River that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
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From EPA photo files. Picture taken four days after Gold King mine spill shows river still flowing a golden yellow from toxic water.
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