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Democrats hit Trump EPA nominee on coal lobbying, rollbacks

Jan. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis" and drew fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he's made in six months as the agency's...

The Latest: Dem says EPA's Wheeler 'as extreme' as Pruitt

Jan. 16, 2019 10:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local): 10:32 a.m. A top Senate Democrat is describing President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency as "just as extreme" as his predecessor. Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler...

EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

Jan. 15, 2019 3:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. EPA said in a statement that it is directing "its resources to the most significant and impactful cases." But the 166 cases...

US debuts childhood-lead plan that critics say falls short

Dec. 19, 2018 2:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration released an "action plan" Wednesday against devastating childhood exposure to lead, but critics said it held little new to protect millions of American children living with high levels of the metal. Children in at least 4 million American households are exposed to...

Correction: Trump-Rolling Rollbacks story

Dec. 17, 2018 10:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 8 about Trump administration rollbacks in environmental regulations, The Associated Press erroneously identified the name of the group where Myron Ebell serves as a director as the Conservative Enterprise Institute. The group's name is the Competitive Enterprise Institute....

Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes

Dec. 16, 2018 12:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke...

Ex-EPA head reports single, $50,000 gift to defense fund

Dec. 6, 2018 7:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says a Republican donor gave $50,000 for Scott Pruitt's defense fund before he left the agency. The former EPA chief reported the gift in a legally required financial disclosure released Thursday. The report lists the $50,000 contribution to Pruitt from...

EPA IG: Pruitt's resignation left ethics probes inconclusive

Nov. 30, 2018 6:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency has closed two probes into the conduct of former Administrator Scott Pruitt as inconclusive because investigators were unable to interview him before he resigned. EPA Acting Inspector General Charles Sheehan said in a report...

Fox disciplines employees who set up Trump aide appearance

Nov. 27, 2018 9:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel said Tuesday that it is disciplining employees involved in an email exchange with an aide to President Trump's former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to craft a "Fox & Friends" interview with the environmental chief last year. The emails showed one of Pruitt's aides...