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New Mexico: Military needs to do more to clean up jet fuel

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has excavated thousands of tons of soil and treated millions of gallons of water contaminated by jet fuel at a base bordering New Mexico’s largest city, but state regulators say the military still has more cleanup to do. The New Mexico environment department, which monitors the cleanup’s … Continue reading New Mexico: Military needs to do more to clean up jet fuel

EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water

Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the immediate focus would be on two of the most … Continue reading EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water

Silent Danger: One in Three Kansas City-Area Homes at High Radon Risk

  KANSAS CITY, MO./ JANUARY 17, 2019 (STL.News) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named January “National Radon Action Month” to raise awareness of the dangers caused by the naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon is undetectable by smell, sight, or taste and long-term exposure can cause devastating health issues. The U.S. Surgeon General and American … Continue reading Silent Danger: One in Three Kansas City-Area Homes at High Radon Risk

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Dem says EPA’s Wheeler ‘as extreme’ as Pruitt

WASHINGTON—Jan 16, 2019—The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local): 10:32 a.m. A top Senate Democrat is describing President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency as “just as extreme” as his predecessor. Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler is appearing Wednesday before a Senate committee considering his nomination … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Dem says EPA’s Wheeler ‘as extreme’ as Pruitt

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Acting EPA boss says he’s deregulation champion

WASHINGTON—Jan 16, 2019—The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local): 9:30 a.m. President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is describing himself as a champion of deregulation and the environment. Former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler has been leading the EPA since Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics scandals … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Acting EPA boss says he’s deregulation champion

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

WASHINGTON | No talk of solution to shutdown, president tweets blame

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was firing Twitter barbs at Democrats this weekend as talks to end a weeklong partial government shutdown remained at a stalemate. Trump was cooped up in the White House after canceling a vacation to his private Florida club. As the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay appeared set … Continue reading WASHINGTON | No talk of solution to shutdown, president tweets blame

WASHINGTON | Short on solutions, long on blame in 2nd shutdown weekend

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other, as the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay slogs into another weekend. Trump upped the brinkmanship by threatening anew to close the border with Mexico to press Congress to cave … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Short on solutions, long on blame in 2nd shutdown weekend

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump tweets he’s waiting for Dems to make deal

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the partial government shutdown, now in its second week (all times local): 11:10 a.m. President Donald Trump says he’s waiting for Democrats to come back to negotiate a deal to end a weeklong partial government shutdown that will almost certainly extend into the new year. In a tweet Saturday, Trump … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump tweets he’s waiting for Dems to make deal

WASHINGTON | Trump, Democrats play the blame game in 2nd shutdown weekend

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other as the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay slogs into another weekend. Trump upped the brinkmanship by threatening anew to close the border with Mexico to press Congress to cave … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump, Democrats play the blame game in 2nd shutdown weekend

WASHINGTON | The Latest: EPA shutdown keeps some workers on job

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The Environmental Protection Agency will keep disaster-response teams and other essential workers on the job as it becomes the latest agency to start furloughing employees in the government shutdown. Spokeswoman Molly Block says the EPA will implement its shutdown plan at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: EPA shutdown keeps some workers on job

WASHINGTON | EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plants

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency is considering backing off of its regulation of toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. In an announcement Friday, the EPA proposes what would be another Trump administration rollback of federal enforcement under the Clean Air Act. It’s the latest administration effort on behalf of the country’s coal industry. Coal-fired … Continue reading WASHINGTON | EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plants

Missouri News: Missouri Department of Agriculture issues statement on Dicamba products for the 2019 growing season

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Tuesday, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced it will not pursue Special Local Needs (24c) labels for the use of Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax for the 2019 growing season.  This announcement follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to extend the registration of these three Dicamba products for another two years … Continue reading Missouri News: Missouri Department of Agriculture issues statement on Dicamba products for the 2019 growing season

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

United States | Application Period Open for Department of State and Environmental Protection Agency Virtual Air Quality Fellowship

United States – The Department of State and the Environmental Protection Agency are now accepting applications for the virtual air quality fellowship program. This fellowship is a vital component of the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency’s collaborative efforts to improve access to, and application of, continuous air quality data worldwide. The fellows will volunteer … Continue reading United States | Application Period Open for Department of State and Environmental Protection Agency Virtual Air Quality Fellowship

WASHINGTON | Watchdog: EPA asbestos protection for schoolchildren lagging

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting money away from a congressionally mandated program meant to get harmful asbestos out of schools, even though the threat of contamination remains, the agency’s internal watchdog said on Monday. Asbestos, which builders used for decades as insulation and as a fire-resistant material, can cause lung diseases, cancer and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Watchdog: EPA asbestos protection for schoolchildren lagging

SAN FRANCISCO | West Coast officials tell tourists not to worry about fires

SAN FRANCISCO — Alarmed by as much as $20 million in lost tourism revenue in July due to visitors’ fear of wildfires, California’s state tourism agency said Thursday it is teaming up with Oregon and Washington state to reassure tourists it’s safe to visit. The states formed the West Coast Tourism Recovery Coalition to remind … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | West Coast officials tell tourists not to worry about fires

LOS ANGELES | States vow to continue fight against Trump’s car fuel rules

LOS ANGELES — State prosecutors who pre-emptively sued months ago to block anticipated efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to weaken car fuel-efficiency standards blasted the Trump administration Thursday for doing so and vowed to continue their fight in the courts. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the rollback of Obama-era mileage standards would imperil … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | States vow to continue fight against Trump’s car fuel rules

DENVER | US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

DENVER — The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the changes would save utilities roughly $30 million annually. The move represents the … Continue reading DENVER | US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

DENVER | US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

DENVER — The Trump administration is easing rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 coal-fired power plants across the U.S. after utilities objected to regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Wednesday the changes will save utilities roughly $30 million annually. Documents show most … Continue reading DENVER | US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

WASHINGTON | EPA aide: Scrutiny of ‘politically charged’ records requests

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency assigns public-records requests from environmental groups or others that it sees as “politically charged” to special internal review, a top agency official told congressional investigators in one of several federal probes surrounding Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued former administrator who resigned this month. EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson described … Continue reading WASHINGTON | EPA aide: Scrutiny of ‘politically charged’ records requests

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.| A ‘Supreme’ show: Trump savors big reveal for court choice

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.— President Donald Trump is confident he will grab the nation’s attention with his Supreme Court show. On Monday night, he will appear on television during prime time to unveil his choice to fill a Supreme Court seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The announcement comes as Trump is under attack over … Continue reading BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.| A ‘Supreme’ show: Trump savors big reveal for court choice

WASHINGTON | The Latest: EPA chief Pruitt resigns amid ethics scandals

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local): 10 p.m. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. President Donald Trump is continuing to praise Pruitt, saying there was “no final straw” … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: EPA chief Pruitt resigns amid ethics scandals

WASHINGTON | Trump praises military for keeping US ‘safe, strong, proud’

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised the U.S. military for keeping America “safe, strong, proud, mighty and free” and used the Independence Day holiday to thank them for being willing to put their lives on the line in defense of the nation. “Two hundred and 42 years ago on July 4, 1776, America’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump praises military for keeping US ‘safe, strong, proud’

WASHINGTON | Pruitt acts to yield some EPA power over mining, development

WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is proposing surrendering some of his agency’s veto power over waste discharges near waterways by mining and development. In a memo released Wednesday by the EPA, Pruitt directs the agency to study renouncing part of its authority under the half-century-old Clean Water Act to veto permits that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pruitt acts to yield some EPA power over mining, development

WASHINGTON | Pruitt acts to yield some EPA power over mining, development

WASHINGTON— Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is proposing surrendering some of his agency’s veto power over waste discharges near waterways by mining and development. In a memo that the EPA released Wednesday, Pruitt directs the agency to study waiving part of its authority under the half-century-old Clean Water Act to veto permits that the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pruitt acts to yield some EPA power over mining, development

WASHINGTON | EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state for 1st time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought. Coal ash is the residue left after burning coal to generate power. Utilities around the country have reported groundwater contamination with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state for 1st time

WASHINGTON | EPA chief’s senior legal counsel is latest top aide to leave

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt announced the resignation of his senior legal counsel on Thursday, the second departure of a top aide in as many days and one of a half-dozen since April amid unending barrages of ethics complaints and federal inquiries. The counsel, Sarah Greenwalt, is due to appear for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | EPA chief’s senior legal counsel is latest top aide to leave

WASHINGTON  | Pruitt aide resigns after she describes personal errands

WASHINGTON  — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt laughed off questions about whether he used his office to try to help his wife get a “business opportunity” with Chick-fil-A, while a close aide abruptly resigned amid new ethics allegations against her boss. Pruitt said in a statement Wednesday that his scheduling director, Millan Hupp, 26, … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Pruitt aide resigns after she describes personal errands

WASHINGTON | Aide: EPA’s Pruitt sought used Trump hotel mattress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, including house-hunting and booking personal travel, according to testimony released Monday. Millan Hupp’s transcribed interview last month before a panel of House Oversight and Government Reform … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Aide: EPA’s Pruitt sought used Trump hotel mattress