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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.

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.
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