EPA Keeps Ozone Pollution Standard at Level Opposed by Environmentalists
Environment
EPA Keeps Ozone Pollution Standard at Level Opposed by Environmentalists
2020-12-30 14:57:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency last week finalized plans to keep ozone air pollution standards at a level that environmentalists say is too high to prevent respiratory and other health problems.  In 2015 the EPA lowered the... Read More

Biden Poised to Select North Carolina's Michael Regan to lead EPA
EPA
Biden Poised to Select North Carolina's Michael Regan to lead EPA
2020-12-17 20:23:09
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Michael Regan, the top environmental regulator in North Carolina, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to multiple reports. If confirmed, Regan would be the first Black man to head the agency.... Read More

Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits
Infrastructure
Trump Loosens Environmental Rules to Fast-Track Infrastructure Permits
2020-07-15 21:16:32
by Jacob Pederson

President Donald Trump announced he is loosening the National Environmental Policy Act in a bid to speed up permitting of federal infrastructure projects ranging from highway upgrades to the construction of oil and natural gas pipelines. The president announced the... Read More

EPA Close to Completing Review of Air Quality Standards
Environment
EPA Close to Completing Review of Air Quality Standards
2020-07-15 19:27:14
by Jacob Pederson

The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to complete a review of air quality standards against a backdrop of ozone concentrations dropping nationwide. The EPA, by rule, endeavors to complete regular air quality standard reviews within a five-year time frame,... Read More

Nine States Sue EPA for ‘Blanket Waiver’ as Nation Fights Pandemic
Environment
Nine States Sue EPA for ‘Blanket Waiver’ as Nation Fights Pandemic

Nine states have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for curtailing enforcement of rules on air and water pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the pullback puts the public at even greater risk. The states accuse the federal regulator of... Read More

D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Environment
D.C. Circuit Revives Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
2020-04-08 18:09:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency improperly rescinded Obama-era restrictions on a class of greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), after the court struck down a portion of the rules, a federal appeals court held Tuesday. In a divided ruling,... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Options to Strengthen Transparency at the EPA
In The News
Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Options to Strengthen Transparency at the EPA
2020-02-25 21:17:39
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON – A new report released by D.C.-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center hopes to strengthen transparency at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by suggesting options for growing a culture of data and evidence.  On the cusp of the EPA’s... Read More

Trump’s EPA to Detail Biofuel Boost After Corn-State Criticism
Energy
Trump’s EPA to Detail Biofuel Boost After Corn-State Criticism

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday will announce plans to aid corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel, capping weeks of deliberations over how to temper a wave of criticism from biofuel advocates in the U.S. Midwest. The Environmental Protection Agency... Read More

EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields
Climate
EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields
2019-08-30 18:32:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a decision even some oil industry giants oppose. In announcing the plan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposal... Read More

Top CDC Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint
Employment
Top CDC Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint
2019-08-20 12:48:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Dr. George Luber, one of the federal government's top experts on the health impacts of climate change is seeking whistleblower protection due to retaliation he claims he's faced since speaking out against the Trump administration's efforts to end... Read More

EPA Clears Path for Proposed Copper And Gold Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay
Environment
EPA Clears Path for Proposed Copper And Gold Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay

SEATTLE — Federal officials said Tuesday they would not block a proposed copper and gold mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay despite objections by critics who contend it would imperil a fishery and harm wetlands and streams. The U.S. Environmental Protection... Read More

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