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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.
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.