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Graphic shows number of sites removed from EPA’s National Priorities List of contaminated sites since 2001.
EPA / Right-to-Know

Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency is touting cleanups at seven of the nation’s most polluted places as a signature accomplishment in the Trump administration’s effort to reduce the number of Superfund sites, even though records show the physical work was completed before President Donald Trump took office. …Records show […]

Albert Kelly would become a senior adviser in the federal environmental agency despite having no previous experience with environmental issues.
EPA

Banned from the banking industry for life, a Scott Pruitt friend finds a new home at the EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency has tasked a banker who was banned from the banking industry for life with oversight of the nation’s Superfund program. In May, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation fined Oklahoma banker Albert Kelly $125,000. According to a consent order, which The Intercept obtained through the Freedom of […]

Oil and other industrial wastes caught fire on the Cuyahoga River on November 1, 1952.
EPA

Theodore Decker: EPA’s inaction stirs memories of Ohio’s polluted past

COLUMBUS — “It would be nice to think that an era in which rivers and eyeballs burned from pollution was firmly in the past. But with Donald Trump in the White House and Scott Pruitt his main man at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it may be that noxious days are […]

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown
Air Quality / Environmental Justice / EPA / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown

EAST LIVERPOOL — “In Ohio, a change in state law that was tucked into a budget bill this year cut funding for an inspector in East Liverpool, even as Ohio authorities found continued evidence of air pollution violations at the Heritage Thermal incinerator, according to state records obtained by The Times. […]

Why has the EPA shifted on toxic chemicals? An industry insider helps call the shots
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Why has the EPA shifted on toxic chemicals? An industry insider helps call the shots

WASHINGTON, DC — “For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water. The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health problems. So […]

“War on Coal” cartoons
Clean Power Plan / Coal / EPA

“War on Coal” cartoons

A collection of editorial cartoons about the “War on Coal” from newspapers across the U.S.

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“This was a hostile takeover”: How the war on the EPA was waged

WASHINGTON, DC — “With access to key players involved in the issue, War on the EPA tells the story of how combatting perceived federal overreach by the EPA became a popular conservative cause. It unpacks the events that led to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, and ultimately, to this […]

Courts thwart administration’s efforts to rescind Obama-era environmental regulations
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Courts thwart administration’s efforts to rescind Obama-era environmental regulations

WASHINGTON, DC — “The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law. The latest such ruling came late Wednesday, when a federal magistrate judge in […]

Trump’s pick for EPA Safety Chief argued kids are less sensitive to toxins
Environmental Justice / EPA

Trump’s pick for EPA Safety Chief argued kids are less sensitive to toxins

NEW YORK, NY — “Michael Dourson, the toxicologist who will be the subject of a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for what many consider the second most powerful post at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been hired by industry to consult on at least 30 of the chemicals he may be […]

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states
Air Quality / EPA

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

ANNAPOLIS, MD — “Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s […]