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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...

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...

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...

Zug Island, a heavily industrialized island at the southern city limits of Detroit is seen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. The area in Southwest Detroit has been the subject of numerous air pollution and public health studies. The area has a refinery, a coal-fired power plant, steel mills and other industrial sites. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes....

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Engineers' report bolsters proposed Mississippi pump project

Oct. 16, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday published a draft of a new environmental impact statement that supports a proposal for massive pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of the rural Mississippi Delta — a reversal of a previous federal report that said the project would...

FILE  - In this Aug. 7, 2019, photo, the Kingston Fossil Plant stands near a waterway in Kingston, Tenn. The Trump administration will let some leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash storage ponds stay in operation for years more and some unlined ponds stay open indefinitely under a rule change announced Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.  In 2008, the six-story-tall dike on a massive coal ash pond at the Tennessee plant collapsed, releasing more than a billion gallons of coal ash into the Swan Pond community. It remains the largest industrial spill in modern U.S. history and prompted the 2015 regulations that were intended to increase oversight of the industry. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

EPA letting some hazardous coal ash ponds stay open longer

Oct. 16, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Trump administration will let some leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash storage ponds stay in operation for years more and some unlined ponds stay open indefinitely under a rule change announced Friday. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency is the administration's...

President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Johnstown, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump makes water demand of farms priority for new office

Oct. 13, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday created what he called a “subcabinet” for federal water issues, with a mandate that includes water-use changes sought by corporate farm interests and oil and gas. An executive order from Trump put Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Environmental Protection...

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)

Tied to Trump fate, Ernst walks tightrope in dead heat Iowa

Oct. 13, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joni Ernst burst onto national politics in 2014 as a gun-toting, hog-castrating, motorcycle-riding candidate who was going to shake up Washington. One ad featured her at a shooting range firing a handgun as the gravelly-voiced narrator stated, “And when she sets her sights...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a request from Gov. Stitt's administration to allow the state, not tribal nations, to regulate environmental issues in Indian Country.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)

EPA grants Stitt request for state oversight on tribal lands

Oct. 5, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a request from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration to allow the state, not tribal nations, to regulate environmental issues in Indian Country, even those lands that may be inside historical tribal reservation...

EPA ridicules California's proposed ban of new gas cars

Sep. 29, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Monday ridiculed California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, saying the proposal raises “significant questions of legality.” Last week, Newsom signed an executive...