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Politics Feb 14EPA announces plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water
Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water.
Politics Feb 05Nomination of acting EPA head Wheeler moves to full Senate vote
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11-10 along party lines Tuesday to approve President Donald Trump's nomination of Wheeler as EPA administrator.
Nation Jan 22Most Americans say weather disasters shifted their views on climate change
A new poll finds 74 percent of Americans say extreme weather in the past five years — hurricanes, droughts, floods and heat waves — has influenced their opinions about climate change.
Politics Jan 16WATCH: EPA nominee Wheeler says climate change ‘not the greatest crisis’
President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis," drawing fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he's made in six months…
Politics Jan 14Trump to farmers: Wetlands protections ‘one of the most ridiculous’ regulations
President Donald Trump pointed to farmers Monday as winners from the administration's proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country, describing farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change.
Nation Jan 09Government restaffs wildlife refuges during shutdown to allow hunters access
An email from the Fish and Wildlife Service indicates 38 wildlife refuges around the country will bring back some furloughed staff using carryover funds.
Nation Dec 31National parks suffer vandalism, overflowing toilets during government shutdown
"You're looking at Yosemite Falls and in front of you is plastic bottles and trash bags."…
Nation Dec 28Trump administration targets Obama’s clean-up of mercury pollution
The EPA proposal says the benefits to human health and the environment created by an Obama-era regulation -- credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants -- may not be worth the cost of the regulation.
Politics Dec 15Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites ‘vicious’ attacks
In his resignation letter, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.
Politics Dec 11Trump administration proposing major rollback of water rules
The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to weaken landmark water rules.