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Nation Sep 21EPA employees attend mandatory anti-leaks classes
It is part of a broader Trump administration order for anti-leaks training at all executive branch agencies. The Associated Press obtained training materials from the hourlong class.
Nation Sep 13Harvey losses could top $11 billion, FEMA official says
That would likely put Harvey as the second costliest storm in the history of the federal insurance program, said Roy E. Wright, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation.
Politics Aug 15WATCH: Trump signs executive order to speed up permits for infrastructure projects
This is Trump's second executive order aimed at streamlining infrastructure projects.
Politics Aug 14EPA plans to rewrite Obama-era limits for coal power plant wastewater
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A letter from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released Monday as part of a legal appeal said he will seek…
World Aug 04U.S. court upends murder conviction of Blackwater contractor
A federal appeals court today overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater security contractor, ordering a new trial for the man prosecutors say fired the first shots in the 2007 slayings of 14 Iraqi civilians.
Politics Jul 25Pruitt rolls out plan to streamline cleanup of Superfund sites
Among the steps Pruitt outlined will be prioritizing sites that can be redeveloped or where nearby residents are still under threat from the spread of harmful chemicals.
Politics Jul 18House votes to delay Obama-era smog reductions
The measure delays by eight more years the implementation of 2015 air pollution standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency under Obama.
WASHINGTON — For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April.
Politics Jul 03Court rejects Pruitt’s delay of Obama-era methane rule
A federal appeals court said the EPA head overstepped his authority in trying to delay a new rule requiring companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republicans on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign pledge to pull out of the Paris climate accord.