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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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Enviros Launch Campaign Against Trump’s Pick To Replace Scott Pruitt At EPA

Environmentalists kicked off the new year with a campaign to derail the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Make no mistake – to protect our health, planet, economy, and national security we must #StopWheeler from being permanently confirmed as @EPA administrator,” the Sierra Club tweeted Monday. Make no mistake – to ...

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Trump Unveils Plan To Keep Children From Getting Lead Poisoning

Top members of the Trump administration announced the details of a federal action plan to treat and prevent childhood lead exposure. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Health and Human Service Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday revealed the Trump administration’s “Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and ...

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Trump’s EPA Moves To Repeal Obama’s ‘De Facto Ban’ On New Coal Plants

EPA will undo an Obama-era mandate that new coal plants install costly technology to capture emissions. The Obama administration imposed the mandate in 2015, which opponents called a “de facto” coal plant ban. “Consistent with President Trump’s executive order promoting energy independence,” EPA chief Andrew Wheeler said. The Trump administration proposed rolling back Obama-era regulation that opponents called a de ...

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