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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.
Politics Jun 08Dem lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA’s Pruitt
House Democrats on Friday formally requested that the Justice Department investigate Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential criminal conduct.
Politics Jun 07EPA chief Pruitt’s senior legal counsel resigns amid ethics complaints
It was the second departure of a top aide in as many days and one of a half-dozen since April amid unending barrages of ethics complaints and federal inquiries.
Nation May 25Emails show collaboration among EPA and climate-change deniers
Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming.
Politics May 22Pruitt says dealing with water contaminants a ‘national priority’
The Environmental Protection Agency chief drew questions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers last week after emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed an unidentified White House official calling a pending federal toxicological report on the chemical a "potential…
Politics May 16Emails contradict Pruitt’s accounts of events under ethics investigations
Lawmakers at a Senate hearing Wednesday hammered Scott Pruitt with his toughest questioning to date amid federal investigations on his spending, bodyguards and ties with lobbyists.