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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.
Politics Nov 16Trump to nominate Andrew Wheeler as permanent EPA head
Andrew Wheeler has served as the EPA's acting head since July.
Nation Oct 02Trump’s EPA is moving to weaken regulation on radiation exposure
The Trump administration is turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight.
Politics Sep 04Watchdog says EPA not justified in spending more than $3.5 million on Pruitt’s round-the-clock security
The EPA allowed Pruitt and his team to increase the security detail from six agents to 19 without proving the need, the EPA Office of the Inspector General concluded.
Nation Aug 19US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative
Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs.
Politics Aug 14EPA says Trump’s fuel economy freeze could lead to more highway deaths
Internal documents show the Environmental Protection Agency privately questioned the Trump administration's finding that freezing Obama-era mileage standards would make drivers safer.
Nation Aug 07AP fact check: Wildfire, water experts rebut Trump’s claims
For one thing, the wildfires are in the hills, far from the Pacific Ocean and from the man-made storage and distribution system that carries water from California's wetter north to the drier, more populated south.
Nation Jul 27Wheeler breaks with Pruitt policy, saying EPA will enforce stricter pollution limits for glider trucks
Wheeler wrote in a memo that Pruitt appeared to have overstepped his authority in the July 6 order, which barred the agency from enforcing a cap imposed during the Obama administration on the annual production of higher-polluting tractor-trailers.
Nation Jul 17EPA proposal to limit science studies draws more opposition
The rule would allow an EPA administrator to reject study results in making decisions about chemicals, pollutants and other health risks if underlying data is not public. Opponents said it would throw out the kind of public-health studies that underlie…
Politics Jul 07EPA’s relief and worries after scandal-plagued chief’s exit
The EPA's newly named acting chief has promised to reach out to anxious staffers throughout the demoralized agency and to lawmakers of both political parties.