Ellen Knickmeyer

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump on energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at one of President Donald Trump‘s statements from his State of the Union address on Tuesday night and how it compares with the facts: TRUMP: “We have unleashed a revolution in American energy – the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump on energy

WASHINGTON | Nomination of acting EPA head Wheeler moves to full Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency head Andrew Wheeler has moved a step closer to Senate confirmation for the full-time job. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11-10 along party lines Tuesday to approve President Donald Trump’s nomination of Wheeler as EPA administrator. Wheeler is a former coal lobbyist and has served … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Nomination of acting EPA head Wheeler moves to full Senate

WASHINGTON | AP-NORC Poll: Disasters influence thinking on climate change

WASHINGTON—Jan 22, 2019— Americans say natural disasters and their local weather are influencing their views on climate change. That’s the finding of a new poll released Tuesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. The poll finds 74 percent of Americans say hurricanes, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP-NORC Poll: Disasters influence thinking on climate change

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

WASHINGTON | US coal consumption drops to lowest level since 1979

WASHINGTON— A federal report says Americans are using less coal this year than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency. That’s despite the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the country’s coal industry. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projected Tuesday that the country will end 2018 having used less coal than at any time since 1979. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US coal consumption drops to lowest level since 1979

WASHINGTON | Trump dismantling US climate efforts as warnings grow dire

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has moved steadily to dismantle Obama administration efforts to rein in coal, oil and gas emissions, even as warnings grow — from his own administration and others — about the devastating impact of climate change on the U.S. economy as well as the Earth. Trump has dismissed his administration’s warnings … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump dismantling US climate efforts as warnings grow dire

WASHINGTON | Trump energy nominee clears hurdle after fossil-fuel remarks

WASHINGTON — Bernard McNamee’s nomination to a top federal energy board cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday even as a video showed him declaring that renewable energy “screws up” the nation’s electrical grid. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-10 to approve McNamee’s nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and send it … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump energy nominee clears hurdle after fossil-fuel remarks

WASHINGTON | Trump: EPA’s acting chief will be named to post permanently

WASHINGTON — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump’s nod for the permanent job. Wheeler’s promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief would keep him as a methodical and effective agent in Trump’s mission … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump: EPA’s acting chief will be named to post permanently

WASHINGTON | Trump says will name EPA’s acting chief to post permanently

WASHINGTON— Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump’s nod Friday for the permanent job. Wheeler’s promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief would keep him as a methodical and effective agent in Trump’s mission of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says will name EPA’s acting chief to post permanently

WASHINGTON | Draft EPA study finds newer nonstick compound may be harmful

WASHINGTON— Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time EPA weighed in on newer, supposedly safer versions of an increasingly scrutinized family of stick- and stain-resistant compounds. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Draft EPA study finds newer nonstick compound may be harmful

WASHINGTON | Families take step toward suing EPA for toxic paint stripper

WASHINGTON  — The mothers of two men killed by a toxic paint stripper have taken a first step toward suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take quick action to remove the product from the market. EPA pledged in May to act quickly on a final rule on methylene chloride after then-Administrator Scott Pruitt … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Families take step toward suing EPA for toxic paint stripper

WASHINGTON | EPA puts off final decision on science transparency rule

WASHINGTON  — The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it is putting off for at least a year any final announcement on a controversial proposal overhauling how the agency evaluates science. The agency’s so-called transparency in regulatory science rule was one of the most contentious proposed by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who stepped down last … Continue reading WASHINGTON | EPA puts off final decision on science transparency rule

WASHINGTON | Proposed rule change worries some about radiation regulation

WASHINGTON— The EPA is pursuing rule changes that experts say would weaken the way radiation exposure is regulated, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight. The government’s current, decades-old guidance says that any exposure to harmful radiation is … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Proposed rule change worries some about radiation regulation

WASHINGTON | Experts say Trump’s EPA moving to loosen radiation limits

WASHINGTON— The EPA is pursuing rule changes that experts say would weaken the way radiation exposure is regulated, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight. The government’s current, decades-old guidance says that any exposure to harmful radiation is … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Experts say Trump’s EPA moving to loosen radiation limits

GRANT TOWN, W.Va. | Warnings over pollution met with a shrug in coal country

GRANT TOWN, W.Va.— It’s coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: Northern West Virginia coal … Continue reading GRANT TOWN, W.Va. | Warnings over pollution met with a shrug in coal country

WASHINGTON | US plan for coal power deregulation could cause more deaths

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the country billions of dollars. The proposal broadly increases the authority given to states to decide how … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US plan for coal power deregulation could cause more deaths

NEW YORK | EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

NEW YORK (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course Tuesday and allowed a reporter for The Associated Press to cover a meeting on water contaminants after she was earlier barred and shoved out of the building by a security guard. The AP journalist, Ellen Knickmeyer, was let back into the meeting after she and … Continue reading NEW YORK | EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course