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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler pauses as he testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking at taxpayer-funded trips to tropical climes in the Trump administration’s last weeks. EPA spokesman James Hewitt said Thursday, Nov. 19, that Wheeler had been invited next month to Taiwan, in a trip with an estimated cost of $45,000. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Transition or tropics? EPA chief looks at final trips abroad

Nov. 19, 2020 4:33 PM EST

After months of travel to battleground states before Election Day, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency now is looking at taxpayer-funded trips abroad, including the tropics, in the Trump administration's last weeks. Administrator Andrew Wheeler had been invited next month to Taiwan, a trip with an...

Pittsburgh agency admits pumping sludge into Allegheny River

Nov. 19, 2020 7:22 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has admitted violating the Clean Water Act when workers illegally pumped sludge into the Allegheny River between 2010 and 2017. The authority on Wednesday pleaded guilty to federal charges, including falsifying written reports to the Environmental...

Analysis: Mississippi pump proposal evokes strong reactions

Nov. 15, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers, rural shopkeepers and Mississippi politicians from both major parties are speaking out to support a proposed flood control project that would pump water from parts of the south Delta. Environmental groups remain opposed to the Yazoo Backwater Project. They've said for decades...

Fort Wayne sewage tunnel on track despite year of challenges

Nov. 15, 2020 9:25 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A deep rock tunnel being built beneath Fort Wayne to catch sewage overflows is still on schedule to open in Indiana’s second-largest city in 2023 despite what officials say has been a year of challenges that included the coronavirus pandemic. Work on the 5-mile-long...

Washington state police remind people of vehicle idling law

Nov. 10, 2020 10:00 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state have said it is illegal to leave a vehicle unattended while the engine is running, raising concerns for many residents in the winter who turn on their cars and head back inside to keep warm. It is illegal for people driving or in charge of a vehicle...

Landscapers work on replacing the lawn of the White House, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Refusing to concede, Trump blocks cooperation on transition

Nov. 9, 2020 10:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threw the presidential transition into tumult on Monday, with President Donald Trump blocking government officials from cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden’s team and Attorney General William Barr authorizing the Justice Department to probe...

EPA crews wrap cleanup of tainted site near Gary airport

Oct. 31, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finished cleaning up contamination in northwest Indiana near Gary's airport that stemmed from a 1977 fire at a former hazardous waste recycling operation. The federal agency said it recently finished the cleanup of the Midco II Superfund Site...

This photo taken Sept. 30, 2020, shows U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler during an appearance in Traverse City, Mich., where he announced an environmental justice grant for Detroit and pledged a more community-oriented focus in a second Trump administration. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

Trump tests limits as Cabinet members fan out to key states

Oct. 30, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos planned a “Moms for Trump” rally in her home state of Michigan. The Department of Homeland Security's top official was in Texas to celebrate completion of a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The chief of the Environmental Protection...

Navy's Hawaii fuel tank plan update rejected by state, EPA

Oct. 29, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — State and federal regulators have rejected a U.S. Navy plan to upgrade a fuel storage facility in Hawaii, asking for more information about protection measures for the underground tanks. The Hawaii Department of Health and the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a letter Monday...

EPA approves Utah pollution controls at power plants

Oct. 28, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. environmental officials approved a plan by the state of Utah for new pollution controls on coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near two of the state's famous national parks, though environmentalists say it doesn't go far enough. The U.S. Environmental Protection...