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How partisan is the national budget?

Mar 3, 2017
USC Gould School of Law professor Edward Kleinbard on politics and the national budget.
President Donald Trump with Mick Mulvaney, far left, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Republican congressional leaders at a working lunch in the Roosevelt Room on Wednesday.
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EPA bracing for big cuts under Trump administration

Feb 21, 2017
In addition to being required by law, Environmental Protection Agency funding is critical to state budgets.
Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator,  is “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” according to his LinkedIn page.
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How the new EPA chief can take the agency in a new direction

Feb 20, 2017
President Donald Trump picked his new National Security Adviser today. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will replace Michael Flynn, who resigned after withholding information about a call with Russia’s ambassador. Tomorrow, Scott Pruitt — another high-profile appointee — will take his…

Federal agencies bracing for big cuts under Trump

Nov 14, 2016
During the campaign, the president-elect said he would 'drain the swamp.' Will he follow through?
House Speaker Paul Ryan, right, listens to President-elect Donald Trump speak to the press at the Capitol.
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A year after EPA spill, some still seek compensation

Aug 23, 2016
The EPA says it's limited in what it can reimburse communities for.
The 2016 rafting season has been strong in Durango, Colo. Flash back one year ago though and this riverfront looked different. Companies were forced to cancel trips for eight days after an EPA-triggered spill of mining waste into the Animas River.
Grace Hood, Colorado Public Radio

EPA getting authority to review chemicals for safety

May 25, 2016
A bill passed by the House would be the first major environmental law in 25 years.
 A worker at Sohn's French Cleaners, which uses eco-friendly chemicals to dry clean clothes, presses shirts in 2007 in San Francisco.  A proposed law would give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to evaluate whether certain chemicals should remain on the market. These chemicals include Trichloroethylene, which is typically used in dry cleaning, protective coating and industrial greasers.
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Inside a huge air pollution scrubbing unit

Feb 11, 2016
The Homer City Generating Station burns 16,000 tons of coal per day
The Homer City Generating Station in Indiana County, Pennsylvania is installing pollution controls designed to reduce dangerous emissions of sulfur dioxide and mercury by more than 90 percent.
Reid Frazier

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What the Supreme Court's halt on coal regulation means

Feb 10, 2016
The justices push the pause button on EPA's rule to cut emissions.
A plume of exhaust rises from a coal-fired power station in Pennsylvania. The Supreme Court put a hold on rules to cut emissions.
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Navajo Nation among those affected by mine disaster

Sep 9, 2015
The tainted water ran through about 215 miles of Navajo farming land.

Methane leaks are pollution — and waste

Aug 18, 2015
The EPA is issuing rules limiting methane leaks in the drilling, production and transportation of natural gas and oil.