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Politics Nov 18Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door
Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats.
Science Oct 29Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of U.S.
Gray wolves have recovered from near extinction in parts of the country but remain absent from much of their historical range. Biologists who reviewed the administration's plan to strip protection from wolves say it lacked scientific justification.
Economy Oct 06Trump administration faulted over breaks for oil companies
A U.S. government watchdog agency is faulting the Trump administration's handling of a COVID-19 relief effort that awarded energy companies breaks on payments for oil and gas extracted from public lands in Western states in more than 500 cases.
Politics Sep 14WATCH: Pence speaks at campaign event in Janesville, Wisconsin
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a campaign even in Janesville, Wisconsin as President Donald Trump attended a wildfire briefing in Sacramento, California and a "Latinos for Trump" event in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nation Sep 08Battered by the virus, tribes race to boost census count
Millions of federal dollars for impoverished Native American communities are on the line in the U.S. census, and tribes are racing to avoid being undercounted again.
Science Sep 04U.S. wildlife agency seeks to carve out areas from protections
Friday's announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would place greater weight on the economic benefits of developments when deciding if land or water should be protected.
Economy Aug 31Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback
The changes finalized Monday will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015.
Nation Aug 24Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic
The AP's findings run counter to statements in late June by Susan Bodine, EPA's assistant administrator for enforcement, who told lawmakers the pandemic was not causing "a significant impact on routine compliance, monitoring and reporting" and that industry wasn't widely…
Nation Aug 20Montana governor presses to remove Trump’s chief steward of public lands
Montana’s Democratic governor asked a federal judge Thursday to take swift action to remove the Trump administration’s chief steward of public lands, as the former industry attorney hangs onto the post despite the White House saying Saturday that his nomination…
Science Jul 31U.S. officials seek limits on what constitutes a ‘habitat’ for imperiled species
The Trump administration is proposing to define what land and water can be declared as “habitat” for imperiled plants and animals…