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Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:00 -0400


EPA: 'I have nothing to hide' — Pruitt

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:00 -0400

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said today allegations of excessive spending and misuse of his Cabinet-level authority are aimed at upending President Trump's agenda at the agency.

WHITE HOUSE: Pruitt signed 'secret science' plan before OMB ended review

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:01 -0400

The White House Office of Management and Budget completed its review of EPA's proposed "secret science" rule yesterday — one day after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed it, according to the site.

POLITICS: EPA chief's hush-hush trips draw cheers and sneers

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:01 -0400

When embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt visited Cochran, Ga., to make a policy announcement about biofuels this week, a tweet tipped off the national press — and the public.

AIR POLLUTION: As wood pellet industry booms, so do emissions — report

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:02 -0400

The rapidly growing wood pellet industry in the Southeast has become a major air polluter, an environmental group said in a report that detailed Clean Air Act violations by plants in the region.

NOMINATIONS: Senate confirms Pompeo for State

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:03 -0400

The Senate voted 57-42 this afternoon in favor of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson atop the State Department.

POLITICS: LCV hits Gardner, Heller on Pruitt

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:03 -0400

On the day EPA chief Scott Pruitt appeared on Capitol Hill for grilling by lawmakers, the League of Conservation Voters debuted a television ad by attacking two Western senators for their ties to the embattled agency head.

LAW: Trump nominates slew of federal court judges

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:03 -0400

President Trump today announced another set of nominees for federal circuit courts, including a district judge who has been on the job for less than two months.

PEOPLE: 'The Mooch' weighs in on Pruitt

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:04 -0400

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, better known as "the Mooch," isn't sure what fate awaits the embattled head of EPA.

NATIONAL PARKS: Feds fail in bid for Yosemite trademarks appraisal info

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:04 -0400

Information gathered for an appraisal report that placed a big value on Yosemite National Park's trademarked names can stay secret, a federal judge has ruled.

GREAT LAKES: Ohio's spending on algal blooms isn't paying off — study

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:04 -0400

Pricey state efforts to combat algae blooms in Lake Erie have not been very effective, according to a new study from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

EXTREME WEATHER: No twisters in 'Tornado Alley' states this spring

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:05 -0400

Twister season has started slow in "Tornado Alley," which includes Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

HURRICANE HARVEY: Houston registry to track storm's impacts

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:05 -0400

Houston has created a registry to track the health impacts of Hurricane Harvey.

WILDLIFE: Colo. mine next to pristine ecosystem could get approval

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:05 -0400

A Colorado mining safety agency is recommending approval of a gravel mine next to an emerging 1,600-acre wildlife preserve.

AGRICULTURE: N.Y. court strikes down manure permits for megafarms

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:06 -0400

New York's highest court has thrown out a plan to keep livestock manure out of the state's waterways and asked regulators to draw up a new one.

VW SCANDAL: Volkswagen agrees to pay Md. $33.5M for excess emissions

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:06 -0400

Volkswagen AG has agreed to a $33.5 million settlement with Maryland, the latest payout in the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Lawsuit accuses Tesla of not allowing rest breaks

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:06 -0400

Tesla Inc. and a contracting company denied workers legally mandated meals and rest breaks, according to a lawsuit.

TRANSPORTATION: Elaine Chao has said little on climate. Here's what we know

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:07 -0400

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has said little publicly about climate change, but environmentalists say her actions speak louder than her words.

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Curtain falls today for comments on proposed repeal

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:07 -0400

It's now or never for anyone that wants to comment on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

COAL: Ariz. exempts mines from sales tax to save power plant

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:08 -0400

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill exempting coal from sales taxes, a bid to attract buyers to the Navajo Generating Station.

OIL SPILLS: Sunlight reduces effectiveness of dispersants — study

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:08 -0400

If an oil spill happens on a bright, sunny day, the chemical dispersants that officials use to clean it might not be as effective, according to new research.

LEAD: Pollution remains near closed Calif. battery recycling plant

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:08 -0400

Nearly two years after its discovery, the lead in soil surrounding the closed Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon, Calif., hasn't been removed.

PEOPLE: John Kerry joins impact investing firm

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:09 -0400

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is joining an impact investing fund, where he will advise companies on opportunities in renewable energy.

AFRICA: Scientists find gorilla population dropping at alarming rate

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:09 -0400

More western lowland gorillas exist in Africa than previously thought, but they are declining at an alarming rate, according to new research.

PHILIPPINES: Famous vacation island closes for cleanup

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:32:09 -0400

Volunteers began cleanup on the Philippine island of Boracay today.