Tag: Environmental Protection Agency

Trump Wants a Review of Toilets: Americans Are Flushing ‘10 Times, 15 Times’

ImagePresident Trump discussed water efficiency standards on Friday at a White House meeting about small businesses and reducing red tape.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times President Trump is taking on Americans’ flushing habits and the country’s water efficiency standards. “We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of […]

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2 Arkansas Chemistry Professors Face Charges of Making Meth

It sounds like something from the award-winning former A.M.C. series “Breaking Bad”: The authorities charged two chemistry professors in Arkansas on Friday in connection with the production of methamphetamine. The instructors, Terry D. Bateman, 45, and Bradley A. Rowland, 40, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department said. […]

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Trump and His Party of Pollution

Given what we’ve seen in the impeachment hearings so far, there is literally no crime, no abuse of power, that would induce Republicans to turn on President Trump. So if you’re waiting for some dramatic political turn, don’t hold your breath. On second thought, however, maybe you should hold your breath. For air quality has […]

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The E.P.A. and a Threat to Clean Air and Water

More from our inbox: ImageContaminated waste water flowing from the Lee Mountain mine near Rimini, Mont., into a retention pond last year.Credit…Matthew Brown/Associated Press To the Editor: Re “E.P.A. Plans Limit on Evidence Used for Health Rules” (front page, Nov. 12): I spent much of Friday studying a literature review on the effects of fine […]

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E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians who say the new rule would undermine the scientific […]

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E.P.A. Watchdog, Citing ‘Open Defiance’ of Inquiries, Rebukes Top Agency Aide

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog has rebuked the agency’s chief of staff for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether he pressured a scientist to alter her congressional testimony, calling his actions a “flagrant problem” and […]

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E.P.A. Weakens Rules Governing Toxic Water Pollution From Coal Plants

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday moved to weaken an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the seepage of toxic pollution into water supplies from the ash of coal burning power plants, a change that coal industry leaders say could keep plants open longer and which environmental groups fear will increase the risk of water […]

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EPA plans to relax coal power plant waste rules

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning Monday to relax rules regulating how power plants store waste from coal power plants and the release of water containing toxic chemicals into nearby waterways, according to a source familiar with the plans. The Washington Post was first to report on the planned announcement. The proposals scale back two Obama administration […]

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Trump Stymies California Climate Efforts Even as State Burns

By Thomas Fuller and Coral Davenport SANTA ROSA, Calif. — For the past three years, countries and companies around the world have looked to California as a counterweight to the Trump administration’s aggressive dismantling of efforts to combat climate change. But this past week, as wildfires burned across the state — fires that scientists say […]

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Report: Trump Administration Seeks to Soften Fuel Economy Rollback

<img data-attachment-id="1676860" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/shutterstock_1012712692-e1559922080206.jpg" data-orig-size="2032,1524" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="gasoline gas pump" data-image-description=" Nithid Memanee/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/shutterstock_1012712692-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/shutterstock_1012712692-610×458.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1676860″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/shutterstock_1012712692-610×458.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”458″> One of the issues underpinning the gas war has been an inability for either side to compromise. Initially, it was the current administration complaining about California wanting special treatment. But the coastal […]

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E.P.A. to Roll Back Rules on Coal Toxins

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected to roll back an Obama-era regulation that was to limit emissions of dangerous heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury from coal-fired power plants, according to two people familiar with the plans. In […]

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California Fires Live Updates: Strong Winds May Expand Blazes

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA firefighter tried to protect a home from the Kincade fire in Windsor, Calif.Credit…Max Whittaker for The New York Times Blazes are challenging firefighters across California. The worst kind of weather for wildfires — strong, gusty winds and very low humidity — will return on Tuesday after a relative […]

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California Governor Demands Investigation Into High Gas Prices

<img data-attachment-id="1694294" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,667" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="California fuel prices, gas pump" data-image-description=" Michael Vi/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1694294″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_1519841618.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> On Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom responded to a new report claiming oil companies have […]

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

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — When the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Andrew Wheeler, accused California of allowing “piles of human feces” on city streets to contaminate sewer systems, leaders of the agency’s West Coast region hastily convened an all-hands meeting of the San […]

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Asbestos Kills Nearly 40,000 Americans a Year. Ban It.

Like the varmints in an old western movie, some rattlesnakes just won’t stay dead. We thought we had relieved America of a death-dealing substance, asbestos, but it keeps finding its way into lungs with the aid of an accomplice. This time asbestos’ friend is the Environmental Protection Agency. The same E.P.A. that created the rules […]

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WeWork Warns Tenants That 2,300 Phone Booths May Be a Hazard

WeWork, the shared-office company already coping with a failed public offering and a corporate shake-up, disclosed a new problem on Monday: possible formaldehyde contamination of hundreds of phone booths at some of the buildings it leases. In a note to tenants at an unspecified number of its sites in the United States and Canada, the […]

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Making America Worse

On the campaign trail in 2015, Donald Trump said it was “disgusting” that a big corporation could escape taxation by using bookkeeping tricks to shift profits out of the United States. Now the Trump administration is thinking about making it easier to play those tricks. Bloomberg reported this week that the Treasury Department, in a […]

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Trump Governs by Grudge in California

In 1961, at a news conference three years before he became the Republican presidential nominee, the right-wing Arizona senator Barry Goldwater, surveying the progressive tendencies of voters in New York and its neighbors, was moved to observe: “Sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard […]

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Three Billion Canaries in the Coal Mine

NASHVILLE — During the nearly quarter-century that my family has lived in this house, the changes in our neighborhood have become increasingly apparent: fewer trees and wildflowers, fewer bees and butterflies and grasshoppers, fewer tree frogs and songbirds. The vast majority of Tennessee is still rural, and for years I told myself that such changes […]

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E.P.A. to Accuse California of ‘Significant’ Air and Water Problems

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday, pressing the president’s complaints about homelessness in California, will demand the state improve the way it deals with human waste, arsenic and lead in water as it raises the stakes in an escalating war between the federal government and the country’s most populous state. In a letter to […]

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Gas War: EPA Says California Has Worst Air Quality in the U.S., Threatens to Cut Highway Funding

<img data-attachment-id="1690030" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186.jpg" data-orig-size="917,637" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="LA highway California" data-image-description=" Trekandshoot/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186-450×313.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186-610×424.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1690030″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186-610×424.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”424″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186-610×424.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186-75×52.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186-450×313.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186-768×533.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186-120×83.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1499770211-1-e1569355130186.jpg 917w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> With California gearing up for a legal battle against federal regulators eager to revoke its fuel waiver, […]

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Newark Says Water Crisis Is Easing as Lead Filters Prove Mostly Effective

NEWARK — Officials in New Jersey’s largest city announced on Monday that thousands of water filters handed out to residents had significantly reduced lead in drinking water to safe levels. Bottled water would still be made available, but officials said the crisis that had gripped the city for months seemed to be easing. Testing done […]

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California Sues the Trump Administration in Its Escalating War Over Auto Emissions

WASHINGTON — California and 23 other states on Friday filed suit against the Trump administration’s unprecedented legal reversal of the state’s authority to set its own rules on climate-warming tailpipe emissions. The lawsuit represents the starting gun in a sweeping legal battle over states’ rights and climate change that is likely be resolved only once […]

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