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EPA decision could make it harder to impose environmental rules

by Scott Tong Dec 31, 2018
Coal mining companies and power plants that burn coal are trying to sort out the implications of a deregulatory move by the Trump administration late Friday. The EPA is proposing to re-think rules cutting the air pollutant mercury – it’s…

EPA moves raise questions about future of methane reduction market

by Travis Bubenik Dec 26, 2018
Texas is of course a big oil state, but it’s also home to a growing industry focused on reducing emissions of oil field methane, a climate change causing gas. But the Trump administration is loosening the rules on methane, which…
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EPA poised to roll back what waterways are protected

by Ben Bradford Dec 11, 2018
The Trump administration is set to release a plan that would redefine which bodies of water are protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act.
The Trump administration is set to release a plan that would redefine which bodies of water are protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act. 
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Are Republicans softening on carbon taxes?

by Jed Kim Sep 12, 2018
A few GOP lawmakers are bucking the party line by backing a tax on CO2 emissions.
The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, in 2009.
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The U.S. is cutting carbon emissions despite Trump policy

by Jed Kim Sep 12, 2018
A coalition of elected officials and business leaders sees progress toward Paris climate agreement targets.
Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station in 2014 in Newburg, Maryland.
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Can looser regulations save the coal industry from market forces?

by Jed Kim Aug 21, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency released details today of its plan to replace the Obama-era rules governing carbon emissions from power plants. The EPA’s proposals differ radically from the old Clean Power Plan. They give a lot of concessions to the…
A truck dumps coal at a coal prep plant outside the city of Welch in rural West Virginia on May 19, 2017.
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Court orders EPA to ban pesticide

by Jed Kim Aug 10, 2018
Chlorpyrifos is used on crops like apples, soybeans, and oranges.

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Why Trump’s looser emission standards are mixed blessing for automakers

by Scott Tong Aug 2, 2018
13 states are challenging the proposal.
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Here’s how the EPA might be different under Andrew Wheeler

by Scott Tong Jul 30, 2018
The acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency appears to be approaching his job differently than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, at least in the early going. Andrew Wheeler is likely to still advance President Donald Trump’s push to dispense of…
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler waits to testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee August 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Wheeler testified during the committee's hearing titled 'Examining EPA's Agenda: Protecting the Environment and Allowing America's Economy to Grow.'
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The EPA says TCE causes cancer, so why hasn't it been banned?

by Scott Tong Jul 26, 2018
With the chemical industry challenging the cancer link, the agency has held off on action.
A view of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. 
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