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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.


E.P.A. Makes It Easier for Cities to Keep Releasing Raw Sewage Into Rivers

The agency is allowing cities to delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems. 
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New E.P.A. Rule Would Reduce Truck Pollution — and Avert Tougher State Controls

The E.P.A. opened an effort to cut  pollution from trucks, an anomaly for an administration known for regulatory rollbacks but a move that would also pre-empt state rules.
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Videos for United States Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Workers Say They Need Protection From Toxic Trump Admin [Video]EPA Workers Say They Need Protection From Toxic Trump Admin

Workers at the Environmental Protection Agency say staffing and morale levels have fallen dramatically. So low, in fact, that HuffPost reports they’re calling for a new “bill of rights” to..

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Trump Talks About Low-Pressure Water Fixtures While Getting Impeached [Video]Trump Talks About Low-Pressure Water Fixtures While Getting Impeached

The House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Meanwhile, Trump took that time to talk about bathroom fixtures at a rally in Battle Creek,..

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Science Panel Staffed With Trump Appointees Says E.P.A. Rollbacks Lack Scientific Rigor

The Trump administration staffed an E.P.A. advisory panel with its choice of scientists, but they concluded that three significant regulatory rollbacks broke with established science.
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Green ooze spilled onto a Michigan highway from this factory – photos inside are shocking

The EPA spent a year on a clean-up and felt it was safe. Then, a poisonous green liquid gushed onto a freeway. What did the EPA miss?
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U.S. government says verdict in Bayer's Roundup case should be reversed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said a federal appeals court should reverse a lower court verdict finding Bayer AG liable in the case of a California man who blamed..
Reuters - Published

Trump administration to move ahead with finalizing 2020 biofuel rule in line with EPA proposal: White House

The Trump administration will move forward with finalizing a rule on U.S. biofuel blending requirements for 2020 that is in line with a plan the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled in October, a..
Reuters - Published

Puppy sleepovers, paisley-patterned botanic garden: News from around our 50 states

EPA downgrades ozone rating for parts of Colorado, context added to Andrew Jackson statues in Missouri, and more
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Trump wants water efficiency review, says people are 'flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times'

President Donald Trump said that the Environmental Protection Agency is "looking at" the issue at "his suggestion."
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Trump WH to take on light bulbs and toilet flushes

President Trump is defending his rollback of light bulb efficiency standards, saying the new bulbs give him "an orange look." He also says the EPA is looking at water efficiency regulations,..
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U.S. EPA proposed biofuel blending requirements 'similar' to October plan - EPA official

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delivered a proposal on biofuel blending requirements for 2020 to the White House Office of Management and Budget, an EPA official said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Watchdog report faults EPA efforts to eliminate pollution rules for some trucks

The Trump administration failed to do a cost-benefit analysis to assess air quality or take into account the impact on children’s health when it sought to eliminate pollution limits on heavy-duty..
Reuters - Published

EPA chief says addressing biofuel industry concerns over blending mandates: source

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler told a biofuels company on Thursday that the agency is working to address industry concerns over biofuel blending rules that have..
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EPA ignores health benefits of coal rule it plans to weaken: economists

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to weaken a rule on coal plant pollution fails to consider billions of dollars in health benefits for Americans, economists from universities including..
Reuters - Published

William Ruckelshaus, who resigned in Watergate's 'Saturday Night Massacre,' dies at 87: U.S. media

William Ruckelshaus, picked by Richard Nixon as the first head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as deputy attorney general before being fired for defying the president in the Watergate..
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E.P.A. to Tighten Limits on Science Used to Write Public Health Rules

A new agency rule would restrict the science that can be used in drafting health regulations by requiring researchers to turn over confidential health data.
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E.P.A. Watchdog, Citing ‘Open Defiance’ of Inquiries, Rebukes Top Agency Aide

The agency's inspector general assailed the official for refusing to cooperate, calling his actions a “flagrant problem.”  
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E.P.A. Weakens Rules Governing Toxic Water Pollution From Coal Plants

The Trump administration on Monday moved to weaken regulations aimed at limiting the seepage of lead, arsenic and other toxic pollution into water supplies.
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E.P.A. to Roll Back Rules on Coal Toxins

The Trump administration is expected today to roll back rules designed to limit emissions of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury from coal-fired power plants.
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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,..
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Big corn, big oil both blast Trump biofuel plan at EPA hearing

Corn farmers, ethanol producers, refinery representatives, energy traders and state and local officials from the Midwest all blasted away at the Trump administration's proposed biofuels plan for next..
Reuters - Published

Critics unload on Trump administration biofuel proposal

Representatives of both the oil and corn industries unleashed criticism of the Trump administration's proposed biofuels plan for next year during a public hearing on Wednesday hosted by the U.S...
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U.S. court rejects challenge to EPA review of Obama vehicle rules

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a challenge by California and 16 other states to the Trump administration’s decision to revise strict U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules put..
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U.S. EPA chief hints vehicle CO2 limits will tighten

The Trump administration’s chief environmental regulator said on Tuesday final U.S. vehicle carbon dioxide standards due out later this year could be more restrictive than current rules enacted by..
Reuters - Published

U.S. EPA set to release fuel economy revisions by year-end

The Trump Administration’s revised final fuel economy standards for U.S. vehicles should be released by the end of the year, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

E.P.A. Bypassed Its West Coast Team as a Feud With California Escalated

Staff members in the regional office said they had no advance knowledge of a wide-ranging agency complaint against the state and described the process as highly unusual.
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Trump feud with California warrants U.S. Congress probe: hundreds of ex-EPA employees

Hundreds of former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees on Thursday urged a congressional probe into whether the agency's feud with California represented retaliation for the state's failure..
Reuters - Published

Donald Trump pollutes America with California scheming

Donald Trump sics EPA and DOT to punish California in its fight on climate change. His abuse of power mocks Republican deference to states: Our view
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U.S. Senator Feinstein seeks probe into EPA actions against California

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on Friday called for a probe into whether politics instead of pollution was behind the Trump administration's threat this week to withhold more than $4 billion in federal..
Reuters - Published

Shut Down DC is back and they're protesting outside EPA, Trump Hotel and Wells Fargo

Climate change activists on Friday protested outside the Trump Hotel, the EPA, Wells Fargo Bank and BlackRock in Washington, D.C.
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Trump takes on California again; this time it's water safety as EPA sends warning letter

EPA chief Wheeler warns California it has 30 days to clean up its water issues, but state officials say the letter is a meritless political swipe
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Members of disbanded EPA air quality panel form independent group

Former members of an air quality scientific advisory committee that was disbanded by the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday they were forming an independent panel..
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E.P.A. to Accuse California of ‘Significant’ Air and Water Problems

In the Trump administration's latest jab at California, the Environmental Protection Agency is saying the state is not protecting its water quality.
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Trump EPA says California must protect water better from homeless waste

The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency escalated its feud with California on Thursday by accusing the state of failing to properly prevent human waste from its homeless population..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: EPA granted full biofuel waivers to refineries despite Energy Department advice - memo

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted some refineries full waivers from the nation’s biofuels regulation for the 2018 compliance year, even though the Department of Energy had recommended..
Reuters - Published

EPA blasts California air quality, threatens to withdraw highway funds

The Trump administration on Tuesday escalated its fight with California over environmental issues by threatening to withdraw billions of dollars in federal highway funds because of poor air quality in..
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Trump's EPA threatens California over air quality, governor says it's 'pure retaliation'

Roughly 34 million of the state's 40 million residents live in 82 areas that fail to meet federal ambient air quality standards.
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Trump Administration Threatens to Cut U.S. Highway Funds From California

Saying California has the worst air quality in the country, the E.P.A. chief fires the latest salvo in an escalating battle over clean air and states’ rights.
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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

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

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..
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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

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