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Nation Aug 13State probe says treatment of immigrant teens not abuse
State investigators concluded the harsh treatment described by detainees at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center did not meet the state’s legal threshold of abuse or neglect, according to a copy of the findings issued Monday by the Virginia Department of…
Nation Aug 09EPA violated law by keeping harmful pesticide on the market, court says
In a split decision, the court said Thursday that Scott Pruitt, a Republican forced to resign earlier this summer amid ethics scandals, violated federal law by ignoring the conclusions of agency scientists that the pesticide chlorpyrifos is harmful.
Nation Jun 21Immigrant children allege abuse at Virginia detention center
Multiple detainees say guards at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Virginia, stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.
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.
Nation Jun 02Ex-chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force
Steven D. Cook served more than 20 years as in-house, corporate counsel for LyondellBasell Industries, one of the world's largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies.
Politics Jun 02Lobbyist tied to EPA chief’s condo tried to influence agency
Newly filed reports show the Washington lobbyist whose wife rented a bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had far more contact with the agency than previously disclosed…
Nation May 21Interior Department moves to reverse Obama-era rules on hunting bears, wolves in Alaska
Under the proposed changes, hunters would be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou.
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.
Politics May 14Watchdog: EPA’s Pruitt demanded 24/7 armed security on Day 1
An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that Administrator Scott Pruitt demanded and received unprecedented, around-the-clock protection from armed officers on his first day.
Politics May 08Former aide to EPA chief Pruitt testifies on costly trip to Morocco
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a trip to Morocco last year, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff missed a connecting flight and spent more than 24 hours in Paris because his security detail’s weapons and other gear couldn’t…