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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.

Power plants' coal ash reports — Toxins leaking into groundwater

Utilities with coal ash ponds were required to complete water monitoring this year. Of the first 14 to file reports, 9 had 'significant increases' of toxic substances, including arsenic that may be leaking from unlined pits and contaminating groundwater.

EPA — Will protect world's most valuable salmon fishery, for now

Washington - In a surprise reversal, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is withdrawing its plan to suspend environmental protections for an area of Alaska that is home to the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Philadelphia - The owner of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, the East Coast's largest oil-refining complex, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and blaming an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) biofuel mandate.

EPA - Government must prepare Superfund sites for climate change

An official with the Environmental Protection Agency program that directs cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed by climate change.

EPA's new task force considers deregulating polluting facilities

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced it would reassess the way it issues Clean Air Act pollution permits for new facilities, as a way to reduce regulatory burdens for businesses.

EPA's Pruitt accused of scientific censorship for blocking talks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has blocked three scheduled discussions of climate change by agency scientists at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed Workshop in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday.

EPA proposes repeal of Obama-era 'Clean Power Plan'

Washington - The Trump administration and EPA chief Scott Pruitt figure there must be more than one way to skin a cat, so they have decided to try another tactic in gutting the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Houston folks at risk from toxic chemicals and bacteria

Houston - At least 13 of the 41 Superfund toxic waste sites in the Houston area have been flooded or damaged by Hurricane Harvey, according to the EPA, adding to the worries of health officials already concerned over bacterial contamination in the flood waters.

EPA forced to reverse decision on plans to delay ozone regulation

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency was forced to reverse course on delaying the implementation of an Obama-era regulation late Wednesday, announcing they would comply with the October 1, 2017 deadline.

In stunning defeat, EPA ordered to proceed with emissions rule

Washington - In a win for the very air we breathe, a federal court reversed a move by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend an Obama-era rule on methane emissions, concluding the EPA did not have the authority to suspend the rule.

Lowering EPA standards will lead to even more deaths in U.S.

Just because air pollution falls below legal limits, it doesn't mean you're safe. Actually, there is no safe "limit' for air pollution because the pollutants can cause premature death even when detected at minimum levels.

Op-Ed: EPA moves to rescind Obama-era clean water rule

Washington - A major legal step was taken on Tuesday by the EPA to rescind a contested Obama-era regulation designed to limit pollution in about 60 percent of the nation's bodies of water.

EPA's open data site — The shutdown that's not a shutdown

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) open data website was to be shut down as soon as Friday, April 28, sparking a social media frenzy. This news prompted the EPA to use its Twitter account to reassure people the "rumor" was untrue.

EPA budget cuts will cause irreparable harm to U.S. estuaries

In a move to find enough funding for his defense budget and the building of his Great Wall, President Trump has slashed funding to the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. This egregious move could cause irreparable harm to our estuaries.

New Trump order will reduce government's climate change action

President Trump is expected to sign an order this week that would drop climate change as a factor in any governmental decision making, ranging from appliance standards to pipeline approvals and more.

Trump to announce rollback of EPA mileage and GHG emissions

President Trump is expected to announce a review of the EPA auto fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission rules put into place by the Obama administration in January before Trump took office.

Pruitt says CO2 not a 'primary contributor' to climate change

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt was asked by CNBC Thursday morning whether he thought carbon dioxide was the "primary control knob" for global warming. His answer was in line with climate-deniers in the White House.

Op-Ed: Trump protecting corporate profits not the US environment

Washington D.c. - The Trump administration is already well along in its aggressive campaign to rollback federal environmental regulations even though Trump is just getting started.

Trump poised to do away with coal lease ban and Clean Power Plan

Senior White House officials continue to leak information to the press and this latest leak is a doozie - Trump plans on rescinding the federal coal leasing ban and the Clean Power Plan by executive order next week.

GOP lawmakers try to revive Pebble mine project under Trump EPA

Some GOP lawmakers and mining companies are banking on the EPA's new head, Scott Pruitt reversing an earlier veto by the agency of a controversial mine project in Alaska's Bristol Bay, despite local opposition and the threat to sockeye salmon fisheries.

U.S. automakers want Trump to lower vehicle emission standards

The CEOs of 18 major automakers and their U.S. units are banking on Donald Trump's commitment to jobs in the automotive sector and have sent him a letter urging him to reconsider greenhouse gas standards instituted during the Obama administration.

Op-Ed: Environmental Scientist says 'Materialism will wear out' Special

Golden - The recent presidential order to have the EPA's climate change page removed from the web has sent shock-waves thru the various social circles of environmentalists and scientists.

Trump administration orders EPA to remove climate change web page

Major news sources are reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency has been ordered to remove its Climate Change web page from its home on the Internet.

Trump Team: All EPA grants, contracts, press releases frozen

The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. Environmental Agency, a move that could effect everything from climate research to water testing and waste handling.

EPA has no intention of paying for damages caused by mine spill

Farmington - Federal, state, tribal and local authorities were shocked on Friday when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it wasn't going to pay the over $1.2 billion in economic damages the agency caused in the Gold King mine spill in 2015.

EPA tells U.S. cities — it's illegal to use dry ice to kill rats

A number of big cities have resorted to using dry ice in their battle with burgeoning rat populations, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says cities must stop the practice because it's illegal under federal law to use dry ice as a rodenticide.
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Clean up of the Hudson River will cost General Electric about $460 million to complete. To date, 1.3 million cubic yards of sediment have been removed.
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From light bulbs to appliances, the Energy Star lbel shows consumers the product meets efficiancy standards.
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Algae and debris on the surface of the Susquehanna River that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
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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.