Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmental Protection Agency Feb 28

    ‘I Can’t Even’: Emails Reveal EPA Officials’ Reaction to Trump Rant on Toilets, Showers

    When the top EPA official overseeing its WaterSense program first heard President Donald Trump’s rant about toilets that must be flushed a dozen times and modern faucets that only provide drips of water, she was at a loss for words, NBC News reports.

  • Philadelphia Feb 4

    Bankrupt Philadelphia Refinery Was Really Dirty. A New Report Shows How Dirty.

    The shuttered refinery in South Philadelphia currently going through bankruptcy has long been known as one of the city’s biggest polluters. A new report details just how dirty the complex was before the June 21 explosions and fire.

  • Refinery explosion Oct 17, 2019

    Philadelphia Refinery Explosions Seen From Facility Cameras

    Cameras inside the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery caught on video the massive blasts early June 21 from just yards away.

  • Massachusetts May 17, 2019

    Black Bear Safely Removed After Adventurous Morning in Arlington

    An elusive black bear was finally cornered and safely removed after leading police and wildlife officials on a chase through a quiet Massachusetts neighborhood on Friday morning. Officials received a call Friday morning for a bear sighting in Arlington, and local police joined the Massachusetts Environmental Police in scouring the town for it.

  • Associated Press Nov 21, 2019

    EPA Prosecutions of Polluters Approach Quarter-Century Lows

    Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics. And while the administration says it’s focusing on quality over quantity in pollution cases, using its enforcement resources to go after the biggest and worst offenders, an Associated Press analysis...

  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2019

    Watchdog Report Warns 60% of Superfund Sites Vulnerable to Climate Change

    At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. In a report being released Monday, the Government Accountability Office called on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to...

  • Donald Trump Nov 4, 2019

    Trump Administration Eases Obama-Era Rules on Coal Pollution

    The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country’s coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and waterways. The new proposals — the latest in a series of regulatory breaks granted by the administration...

  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2019

    Automakers Side With Trump in Legal Fight With California

    General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many others in the auto industry are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards. The three companies, plus a trade association called the Association of Global Automakers, said Monday they plan to intervene in a lawsuit...

  • New Jersey Oct 10, 2019

    EPA Proposes Rewrite of Rules on Lead Contamination in Water

    The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead. Contrary to regulatory rollbacks in many other environmental areas, the administration has called dealing with lead contamination in drinking water...

  • Governor Oct 3, 2019

    EPA Issues Violation Notice to San Francisco

    The Trump administration is ratcheting up its feud with California. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday sent a notice that San Francisco is violating the federal Clean Water Act.

  • Governor Sep 26, 2019

    Trump Administration Accuses California of Water Pollution

    Escalating its fight with California, the Trump administration accused the state Thursday of failing to stop water pollution from such sources as human waste left on the pavement by the homeless in big cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco.

  • director Sep 25, 2019

    New Jersey Has Bought 700 Flood-Prone Houses — But None Along the Shore

    New Jersey says it has bought its 700th home under a program to acquire and demolish houses in flood-prone areas — but nearly seven years after Superstorm Sandy, not one of those purchases has been along the ocean.

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2019

    AP Fact Check: Trump’s Twisted Reality on Guns, Environment

    President Donald Trump is twisting reality on gun control and the environment. Pressed over the weekend for his position on gun legislation, the president declined to answer whether he would support expanded background checks in the wake of deadly mass shootings and blamed Democrats in Congress for “doing nothing” on the issue. That’s not true.

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2019

    Trump’s Cabinet Has Had More Ex-Lobbyists Than Obama or Bush

    In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they’re regulating. The Cabinet choices are another sign that Trump’s populist pledge to “drain the swamp” is a catchy campaign...

  • Donald Trump Sep 12, 2019

    Trump Administration Drops Obama-Era Water Protection Rule

    The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Environmental groups criticized the administration’s action, the latest in a series of moves to roll back environmental protections put into place under President Barack...

  • Donald Trump Sep 6, 2019

    Trump Challenges California’s Power to Control Auto Pollution

    The Trump administration on Friday began an all-out challenge to California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions standards as government agencies opened an antitrust investigation and told state officials that they appear to be violating the law in a deal with four automakers to reduce pollution. The U.S. Justice Department opened an antitrust probe into the July deal between...

  • Donald Trump Aug 30, 2019

    Politics of Climate Change Put Corporations in Tough Spot

    The polarizing politics of climate change have forced companies to choose between supporting the Trump administration’s deregulation policies that could boost profits or opposing them to win over environmentally conscious consumers. That dynamic played out again Thursday when President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency sought to revoke regulations on methane gas emissions from oil facilities. British Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Royal...

  • Daniel Macht Aug 29, 2019

    Trump Admin. to Roll Back Rules for Methane, a Major Heat-Trapping Gas

    The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal that environmental advocates said would renounce key federal legal authority to regulate the gas’s outsize damage to the climate. The proposed rule follows President Donald Trump’s directions to remove “unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens from the oil and gas industry,” Environmental Protection...

  • VMS Aug 22, 2019

    How the EPA Helped Philly Refinery Stay in Business

    Philadelphia Energy Solutions continues to dig out from the explosions that sent it into bankruptcy. Now the NBC10 Investigators are looking into the refinery’s relationship with regulators. Investigative reporter Mitch Blacher discovered the EPA helped keep Philadelphia Energy Solutions in business by loosening regulations.

  • New Jersey Aug 21, 2019

    New Jersey Governor: No State of Emergency Over Newark Water

    New Jersey’s governor said Wednesday he isn’t declaring a state of emergency over lead levels in Newark’s water.

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