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Ethics body questions ex-EPA chief's $50-a-night condo deal

Mar. 26, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding released...

EPA bans consumer use of deadly paint stripper, in rare step

Mar. 15, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday banned consumer use of a popular but deadly paint stripper but stopped short of also banning commercial use of the product by tradespeople. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the rule, which will bar manufacture and import of the stripper...

EPA rules on issue pitting oil producers, corn farmers

Mar. 12, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol, seeking to calm a dispute that has riled two politically important blocs — the oil industry and corn farmers. Tuesday's proposed rule change by the Environmental Protection...

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

Feb. 28, 2019 5:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite concerns by Democrats and one Republican about regulatory rollbacks he's made in eight months as the agency's acting chief. Senators voted 52-47 to confirm...

Video shows AP reporter shoved by guard at EPA headquarters

Feb. 26, 2019 5:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security camera footage released Tuesday undermines Trump administration claims that a reporter for The Associated Press tried to force her way into the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters to cover a summit last year on drinking water contaminants. Video obtained through a...

EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

Feb. 14, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency wasn't moving...

Nomination of acting EPA head Wheeler moves to full Senate

Feb. 5, 2019 12:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler won a Senate committee's approval of his appointment to the permanent post on Tuesday, along with praise from the panel's Republicans for his work rolling back a series of Obama-era environmental...

Skeptic on radiation limits will head EPA radiation panel

Feb. 1, 2019 2:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has appointed a scientist who argues for easing regulations on lower-level radiation exposures to lead the agency's radiation advisory committee. Acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler on Thursday announced the appointment of Brant Ulsh, a health physicist, as...