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EPA’s Andrew Wheeler Calls Out Senate Dems For ‘Politicizing’ Agency’s COVID Response

Sens. Tom Carper and Ed Markey are “politicizing” the Environmental Protection Agency’s response to the coronavirus, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  Wheeler criticized Markey for using what the administrator said was a faulty study to claim the EPA is hurting minority communities and people of color.  The study’s researchers used an “ill-fitting statistical model” to ...

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Trump’s EPA Makes Big Changes To Rule Banning ‘Secret Science,’ Obama-Era Officials Call It ‘Egregious’

The Environmental Protection Agency is making some critical changes to a rule designed to keep so-called secret science out of regulatory crafting process — Obama-era officials say the changes are “egregious.” The agency walked back an element of the rule Tuesday that sought to restrict the EPA from considering research that is not publicly available. EPA’s changes require the agency ...

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Trump’s EPA Tells California Gov. Newsom His State’s Homeless Population Is Destroying The Environment

The Trump administration will tell California Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday that his state’s homeless population is hurting the environment, a move that ratchets up the president’s political war with the country’s biggest blue state. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrote a letter to the governor citing multiple instances of California failing to meet federal water-quality standards, noting that the ...

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EPA Reauthorizes Dropping ‘Cyanide Bombs’ On Coyotes And Wild Dogs, Activists Complain

The Environmental Protection Agency is reauthorizing the use of cyanide traps to kill wild animals to protect ranchers’ livestock. EPA officials made is re-authorizing the use of M-44 chemical trap devices through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services department as well as in agencies across the west. Wildlife Services kills wild animals every year to protect livestock including cattle, ...

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Trump’s EPA Finalizes Plan To Repeal And Replace Obama-Era Coal Plant Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its plan to repeal and replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. EPA replaced the Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which requires coal plants to become more efficient. “ACE is an important step towards realigning EPA actions so they are consistent with the rule of law,” a former EPA official ...

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Judge Rules Flint Can Sue Federal Officials Over Water Contamination

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Flint citizens can move forward with lawsuits targeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of the city’s lead contamination problems. The EPA under former President Barack Obama was too slow to intervene in the case, according to U.S. Judge Linda Parker, who ruled that the federal government was not immune from legal action in the ...

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Media Bias? FOIA Requests to EPA Spiked After Trump Elected

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The number of public record requests to the Environmental Protection Agency from major media outlets exploded shortly after President Donald Trump was elected, The Free Beacon reported Wednesday. The New York Times made only 13 Freedom of Information Act requests during former President Barack Obama’s second term, the report notes, citing an analysis of FOIA requests dating back to 2013. ...

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EPA Posts New Rules for TSCA Asbestos Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released new rules for the risk evaluation of asbestos as part of the new updates to the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The agency introduced a new use rule (SNUR) proposal that would allow the EPA to prohibit new uses of asbestos, the mineral linked to mesothelioma, a deadly cancer. This is ...

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Trump Will Strip California Of Its Ability To Regulate CO2 From Cars

The Trump administration is done trying to negotiate with California, and will move forward with plans to revoke the state of its authority to set tougher fuel efficiency standards. “At this point, we have to move to finalize,” Andrew Wheeler, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stated in a Monday interview with the Washington Examiner. “We don’t have time ...

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Andrew Wheeler Says He Will Implement Rule To Keep ‘Secret Science’ Out Of EPA

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency would “absolutely” move forward with a rule to keep so-called “secret science” out of the regulatory process. “We are absolutely going to follow through with the science transparency rule,” Wheeler told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “I think it’s very ...

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Trump Will Officially End Negotiations With California On Fuel Economy Rollbacks

The Trump administration will announce it’s ending fuel economy negotiations with California. EPA and DOT officials tried to hash out a compromise with California, but talks broke down. Federal officials will move ahead with plans to roll back Obama-era climate regulations on cars. The Trump administration will soon announce the end of negotiations with California regarding a proposed rollback of ...

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DC District Court Hands Trump’s EPA Major Victory Over Environmentalists

The D.C. District Court granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) petition to dismiss legal action against a policy to prohibit scientists from receiving agency funding while sitting on advisory boards. EPA issued the policy directive in 2017, under former Administrator Scott Pruitt. A coalition of environmental groups promptly filed suit, alleging the agency lacked the authority to make changes to ...

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Scott Pruitt’s Resignation Hasn’t Stopped EPA From Eliminating Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency took a victory lap Monday, releasing a report that highlights all of the agency’s accomplishments in 2018. “Over the past year, the Trump Administration has continued to deliver on its promise to provide greater regulatory certainty while protecting public health and the environment,” EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a Monday statement. Among the agency’s major ...

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The New York Times Omitted Key Details About EPA’s Shutdown Woes

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The New York Times put out a misleading report on the halt in EPA inspections during the shutdown. The Times neglected to mention that states carry out the vast majority of inspections. “Most U.S. environmental laws work through cooperative federalism.” The New York Times’ claim that furloughed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have not been able to complete “hundreds” of ...

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Trump Officially Nominated An EPA Head. Get Ready For Another Confirmation Fight

In a move that was long expected, President Donald Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House announced Wednesday the president has sent Wheeler’s nomination to the Senate. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee — which must pass Wheeler before he can get a vote on the Senate floor — ...

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