Ellen Knickmeyer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | Federal work at Superfund sites suspended during shutdown

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Jan 11, 2019—The government shutdown has suspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced the cancellation of public hearings, deepening the mistrust and resentment of surrounding residents who feel people in power long ago abandoned them to live among the toxic residue of the country’s factories and mines. “We are … Continue reading BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | Federal work at Superfund sites suspended during shutdown

BIRMINGHAM, Ala | Shutdown suspends federal cleanups at US Superfund sites

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —January 10, 2019— The partial government shutdown has forced suspension of federal work at the nation’s Superfund sites unless it is determined there is an “imminent threat” to life or property. In Alabama’s north Birmingham, 40-year-old Keisha Brown says the shutdown is “adding more fuel to the fire” when it comes to residents being … Continue reading BIRMINGHAM, Ala | Shutdown suspends federal cleanups at US Superfund sites

WASHINGTON | EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama administration rule, called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, led to what … Continue reading WASHINGTON | EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants

WASHINGTON | US debuts childhood-lead plan that critics say falls short

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has released a plan to reduce dangerous lead exposure for millions of American children, but it is already drawing criticism. The acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, calls the plan a “roadmap to reduce lead exposure nationwide.” He and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US debuts childhood-lead plan that critics say falls short

WASHINGTON | Correction: Trump-Rolling Rollbacks story

WASHINGTON — In a story Dec. 8 about Trump administration rollbacks in environmental regulations, The Associated Press erroneously identified the name of the group where Myron Ebell serves as a director as the Conservative Enterprise Institute. The group’s name is the Competitive Enterprise Institute. A corrected version of the story is below: Landmark environmental protections being … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Correction: Trump-Rolling Rollbacks story

WASHINGTON | Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites ‘vicious’ attacks

WASHINGTON  — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year’s end, Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him had “created an unfortunate distraction” in fulfilling … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites ‘vicious’ attacks

WASHINGTON | Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. Trump, in tweeting Zinke’s departure, said the former Montana congressman “accomplished much during his tenure” and that a replacement would be announced … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration

WASHINGTON | Trump EPA proposes rolling back another Obama-era coal rule

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency proposed another rollback Thursday aimed at easing controls on emissions from coal-fired power plants, this time for new ones, even as warnings mount from the agency’s scientists and others about the growing toll of climate change. The EPA’s acting administrator signed a proposal that, if approved by the Trump … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump EPA proposes rolling back another Obama-era coal rule