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United States Environmental Protection Agency: Agency of the U.S. Federal Government
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government for environmental protection. President Richard Nixon proposed the establishment of EPA on July 9, 1970 and it began operation on December 2, 1970, after Nixon signed an executive order. The order establishing the EPA was ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate. The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the President and approved by Congress. The current Administrator is former Deputy Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler, who had been acting administrator since July 2018. The EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the Administrator is normally given cabinet rank.

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Trump orders environmental notice to San Francisco on homeless

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had given the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency less than a week to issue a notice to the city of San Francisco over its homelessness problem and..
Reuters - Published

Trump confirms U.S. will revoke California's power to require cleaner cars

U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke California's authority to require automakers to build cleaner vehicles than federal requirements..
Reuters - Published

Videos for United States Environmental Protection Agency

Trump Directs EPA To Take Action Against Homeless Pollution [Video]Trump Directs EPA To Take Action Against Homeless Pollution

President Donald Trump is taking action for the environment and against the homeless population in California. He ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to issue a notice in less than a week to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Trump EPA repeals Obama-era water protections [Video]Trump EPA repeals Obama-era water protections

The Trump administration on Thursday announced repeal of an Obama-era regulation that had expanded pollution protections for waterways such as wetlands and shallow streams, but that farmers, miners and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Trump EPA Tries To Roll Back Another Obama-Era Regulation [Video]Trump EPA Tries To Roll Back Another Obama-Era Regulation

The Trump administration announced a plan to roll back and Obama-era regulation helping the environment. According to Gizmodo, the regulation cut methane emissions from power plants and fossil fuel..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Newark hit by lead-tainted water crisis [Video]Newark hit by lead-tainted water crisis

Residents in Newark, New Jersey continue to face a water crisis after high levels of lead were found in their drinking water. Officials on Wednesday said that some of the water filters that were given..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:05Published

States sue Trump admin over carbon rule rollback [Video]States sue Trump admin over carbon rule rollback

Twenty-two states, including New York and California, and seven cities on Tuesday sued to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's replacement of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Trump Vetos Warning Labels For Roundup [Video]Trump Vetos Warning Labels For Roundup

The Trump administration is refusing to approve product labels warning glyphosate is a carcinogen. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller. The EPA said it was irresponsible to put..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

 

Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?

According to the EPA, most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, exposed to air that is up to five times more polluted than outdoors. Tech can help.
USATODAY.com - Published

House Judiciary Committee approves guidelines for impeachment hearings

Nancy Cook, White House reporter for Politico, and CBSN political contributor Molly Hooper join "Red and Blue" to discuss the latest push for impeachment, as well as gun control legislation updates,..
CBS News - Published

EPA to drop Obama-era water protection rule

The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic..
USATODAY.com - Published

Beekeepers Confront the E.P.A. Over Pesticides

Leaders in the beekeeping industry have sued the environmental agency over its approval of the use of a pesticide that has harmed colonies.
NYTimes.com - Published

EPA to announce repeal of Obama-era clean water rule

The 2015 rule spells out protections for large and small U.S. bodies of water. Environmentalists fear its replacement could result in more pollution
CBS News - Published

River troll, 29-cob cornstalk, Batman escort: News from around our 50 states

Cigarette butt gets man arrested for Dakota pipeline protest 3 years later, Colorado asks EPA to downgrade its cities’ air ratings, and more
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump rule would roll back emission standards on methane, which contributes to climate change

The EPA proposal to de-regulate methane for the oil and gas industry is the latest effort to promote energy development by the Trump administration.
USATODAY.com - Published

E.P.A. to Roll Back Regulations on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas

If the proposal is adopted, the government would no longer require oil and gas companies to inspect for and repair methane leaks from wells and pipelines.
NYTimes.com - Published

Klobuchar blasts Trump's handling of renewable fuels industry

The EPA granted 31 small refinery exemption waivers, meaning they don't have to comply with federally mandated levels of biofuels blended into gasoline
CBS News - Published

U.S. appeals court mostly upholds Obama era ozone rules

A U.S. appeals court on Friday mostly upheld Environmental Protection Agency regulations from 2015 that created stricter standards for ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions.
Reuters - Published

New York sues EPA over GE's Hudson River PCB cleanup

New York sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, accusing the agency of prematurely allowing General Electric Co to stop clearing the Hudson River of PCB contamination before the..
Reuters - Published

Watch President Trump get clean and affordable energy for America

Donald Trump chose a better direction on the environment, not 'inaction,' writes Mandy Gunasekara, who served in the Trump administration EPA.
USATODAY.com - Published

Republican Iowa senator says Trump EPA 'screwed us' with biofuel waivers

Iowa's Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency has "screwed" the U.S. ethanol industry and farmers by granting waivers to 31 small petroleum..
Reuters - Published

Facing Opposition, E.P.A. Backtracks on Use of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ to Kill Wild Animals

The federal agency said it was re-evaluating the use of the M-44 poison devices, which are used to kill thousands of coyotes and foxes.
NYTimes.com - Published

E.P.A., Tariffs, Jay-Z: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
NYTimes.com - Published

Twenty-two states sue Trump administration over carbon rule replacement

Twenty-two states, including New York and California, and seven cities on Tuesday sued to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's replacement of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan,..
Reuters - Published

Lead scare in New Jersey: Water bottles handed out as levels still high in some areas

Even after city-issued filters were given out months ago, parts of New Jersey are still dealing with high levels of lead in their water, the EPA says.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Roundup labels warning of cancer won't be permitted, EPA says

The EPA said California's warnings that Roundup's glyphosate is known to cause cancer represent "false labeling"
CBS News - Published

EPA reauthorizes use of "cyanide bombs" to kill wildlife

The devices "inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year," according to the Center for Biological Diversity
CBS News - Published

Cancer risk in Louisiana town nearly 50 times higher than national average

More than 100 petrochemical plants and refineries are between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and is often referred to as a cancer alley. Residents at Reserve, Lousinana are at the center. The EPA says the..
CBS News - Published

Sewage is also part of ‘sun, surf, and sand’ at America’s dirtiest beaches, study finds

A study looked at the number of days in 2018 that the water had bacteria counts exceeding Environmental Protection Agency standards.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Bill Wehrum, an Architect of E.P.A. Rollbacks, Faces New Ethics Inquiry

The inquiry will focus on whether Mr. Wehrum, who left the agency in June, broke rules when he interacted with clients of his former law firm.
NYTimes.com - Published

From 1979: Oil refinery vs. bald eagle

In Cobscook Bay, Maine, the Pittston Company's plans to build an oil refinery, welcomed by the tiny, struggling town, were met with resistance by environmentalists. The battle over the potential damage..
CBS News - Published

EPA green lights use of pesticide linked to brain damage in children

The Environment Protection Agency said other environmental groups failed to prove that a ban was warranted.
USATODAY.com - Published

E.P.A. Won’t Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems

The decision not to prohibit the pesticide, which has been linked to developmental disabilities, comes after years of legal wrangling.
NYTimes.com - Published

E.P.A. Broke Rules in Shake-Up of Science Panels, Federal Watchdog Says

The Government Accountability Office found that the administration “did not consistently ensure” that appointees to E.P.A. advisory boards met federal ethics requirements.
NYTimes.com - Published

EPA to allow pesticides beekeepers say "decimate" bees

Honeybees, which pollinate billions of dollars of food crops, have been in sharp decline
CBS News - Published

E.P.A. Plans to Curtail the Ability of Communities to Oppose Pollution Permits

The agency is preparing to weaken rules that, for a quarter-century, have given communities a voice in deciding how much industrial pollution may legally be released nearby.
NYTimes.com - Published

The top 3 U.S. cities with the worst air quality so far in 2019

There were 15% more bad air days so far in 2019 than in 2018, according to the EPA.
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump intervention delaying EPA biofuel waiver action, sources say

U.S. President Donald Trump’s request for a review of the administration’s expanded use of biofuel waivers for oil refiners is holding up its decisions on 2018 applications, according to three..
Reuters - Published

U.S. EPA air chief under ethics scrutiny resigns

Bill Wehrum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official in charge of revising power plant rules and revamping vehicle emission standards who came under scrutiny for ethics allegations, will step..
Reuters - Published

Senior EPA official overseeing emissions rules resigns

Bill Wehrum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official in charge of revising power plant regulations and revamping vehicle emission standards and biofuels, is stepping down June 30, the agency..
Reuters - Published

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Iranian forces shoot down U.S. drone. U.S. says drone flew over international waters, Iran says it invaded restricted airspace. EPA Introduces new carbon emissions rules. Policy allows states to set..
CBS News - Published

EPA replaces Obama rule on coal-fired power plants

EPA replaces Obama rule on coal-fired power plants  
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump campaign confident about reelection

President Trump is launching his bid for a second term as his administration promises to make good on a 2016 campaign pledge of rolling back EPA regulations. CBS News chief Washington correspondent..
CBS News - Published

E.P.A. Finalizes Its Plan to Replace Obama-Era Climate Rules

The new measure will very likely prompt a flurry of legal challenges. If upheld in court, it could tie the hands of future presidents on global warming.
NYTimes.com - Published

EPA chief to make "major policy announcement"

The announcement is expected to be a rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations
CBS News - Published

What you need to know about glyphosate, the cancer-linked chemical found in Cheerios

New tests reveal popular cereals and snacks could have potentially dangerous levels of the same chemical found in weed killer called glyphosate and some reports say it may cause cancer. Of the 21..
CBS News - Published

U.S. EPA top career auto official moving to head climate office

The top career official at the Environmental Protection Agency in charge of the office overseeing vehicle emissions and biofuel standards will swap roles at the agency on Aug. 4, an EPA spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

E.P.A. Experts Objected to ‘Misleading’ Agency Smog Decision, Emails Show

One agency scientist expressed “disbelief” over a 2018 decision to exempt most of southeastern Wisconsin from federal limits on smog.
NYTimes.com - Published

E.P.A. Could Make Thousands of Pollution Deaths Vanish by Changing Its Math

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to adopt a new method for projecting the future health risks of air pollution that experts have said is not scientifically sound.
NYTimes.com - Published

Deadly Germs, Lost Cures: Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials

In its decision to approve two drugs for orange and grapefruit trees, the E.P.A. largely ignored objections from the C.D.C. and the F.D.A., which fear that expanding their use in cash crops could fuel..
NYTimes.com - Published

Investigators Urge E.P.A. to Pursue Scott Pruitt for $124,000 in ‘Excessive’ Travel Costs

The E.P.A.’s inspector general found that Mr. Pruitt, the former head of the agency, had spent funds “without sufficient justification.”
NYTimes.com - Published

New service sells brand-name products without plastic containers

The Environmental Protection Agency says only about 9 percent of the plastic created in the U.S. is recycled
CBS News - Published

E.P.A. Leaders Disregarded Agency’s Experts in Issuing Asbestos Rule, Memos Show

The rule, issued in April, restricted the use of asbestos, a known carcinogen, but agency scientists and lawyers had called in two memos for a ban.
NYTimes.com - Published

EPA says Roundup weed killer is safe, in a win for Bayer

U.S. regulator see "no risks to public health" if Roundup is used properly -- environmentalists strongly disagree
CBS News - Published

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