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Nation May 02Trump administration to ease safety rules created after deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement the administration was acting to eliminate "unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety and environmental protection offshore."…
Politics Apr 23Watchdogs open a second ethics probe of top Interior Department officials
Tuesday's announcement comes a week after news that the same watchdog office was investigating ethics allegations against the agency's newly confirmed chief, David Bernhardt.
Politics Apr 16Former Interior Secretary Zinke hired by gold mining firm
U.S. Gold Corp. is pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago.
Politics Apr 04Senate committee endorses Bernhardt to head Interior Department
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 14-6 Thursday to approve David Bernhardt's appointment.
Nation Mar 28Interior pick faces tough questioning on wildlife, lobbying
David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Interior Department, appeared Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Nation Mar 22Midwest floods foreshadow national security threat posed by climate change
The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft.
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…