Tag: Environmental Protection Agency

Trump Will End California’s Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President […]

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Beekeepers Confront the E.P.A. Over Pesticides

Honeybees and other pollinating insects are crucial helpers in putting food on American tables. But the bees’ colonies have declined over the years, leading concerned beekeepers and scientists to speculate about the causes. A new lawsuit by leaders in the beekeeping industry against the Environmental Protection Agency highlights one often-cited worry: that pesticides are playing […]

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Gas War: EPA Head Suggests Fuel Rollback May Have Some Wiggle Room

<img data-attachment-id="1688206" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,704" 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="Andrew Wheeler" data-image-description=" Albert H. Teich/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841-450×317.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841-610×429.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1688206″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841-610×429.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”429″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841-610×429.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841-75×53.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841-450×317.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841-768×541.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841-120×84.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/shutterstock_1417570841.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler weighed in on the gas war this week, issuing some […]

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The Auto Rule Rollback That Nobody Wants, Except Trump

Auto companies prize certainty in how the government regulates them because of the long timelines involved in designing and manufacturing cars and trucks. Now the Trump administration has upended that certainty by going to extraordinary lengths to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards that even much of the industry supports. It’s a […]

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White House Prepares to Revoke California’s Right to Set Tougher Pollution Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump is strongly considering a plan to revoke California’s legal authority to set state tailpipe pollution standards that are stricter than federal regulations, according to three people familiar with the matter. The potential challenge to California’s authority, […]

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6 Major Climate Change Rules the Trump Administration Is Reversing

ImageThe Trump administration has undone dozens of environmental regulations since Mr. Trump took office in January 2017.CreditClockwise from top left: Mike Blake/Reuters; Katie Orlinsky for NYT; Brandon Thibodeaux for NYT; Jennifer Strickland/USFWS; Jim Wilson/NYT; Al Drago/NYT; Brandon Thibodeaux for NYT; Alex Goodlett for NYT The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a […]

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

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is set to announce on Thursday that it intends to sharply curtail the regulation of methane emissions, a major contributor to climate change, according to an industry official with knowledge of the plan. The Environmental […]

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Newark Water Crisis: Racing to Replace Lead Pipes in Under 3 Years

NEWARK — Weeks into an escalating public health crisis caused by elevated levels of lead in the water, officials announced on Monday a new $120 million plan to expedite the replacement of ancient service pipes in this city. The new financing will allow the city to replace the 18,000 buried lead service lines in the […]

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Trump’s Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump’s auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more from joining the other side. Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors […]

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Spraying Antibiotics to Fight Citrus Scourge Doesn’t Help, Study Finds

When the Environmental Protection Agency approved the spraying of certain antibiotics three years ago to fight a deadly bacterial infection decimating Florida’s orange groves, growers thought they might have found a silver bullet. But public health advocates reacted with alarm, warning that the large-scale use of medically important drugs in agriculture could help fuel antibiotic […]

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

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday withdrew its support for the continued use of so-called cyanide bombs to protect livestock from predators, reversing course amid strong opposition to the practice. The E.P.A. administrator, Andrew R. Wheeler, said he was withdrawing an interim reauthorization for the use of M-44 devices, which are used to kill […]

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States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Obama-Era Climate Rule

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 29 states and cities on Tuesday sued to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on coal-burning power plants. The move could ultimately limit how much leverage future administrations would have to fight climate change by restricting a major source of Earth-warming pollution. The lawsuit, led by New York’s attorney […]

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In Echo of Flint Lead Crisis, Newark Offers Bottled Water

For more than a year, Newark officials denied the city had a widespread lead problem with its drinking water. Then, in an abrupt shift last fall, New Jersey’s largest city began giving out water filters to some residents. On Sunday — two days after a scathing letter from the E.P.A. raised concerns about the safety […]

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Trump Administration Reauthorizes Use of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ to Kill Wild Animals

Despite strong opposition from environmentalists and others, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced this past week that it had reauthorized the use of spring-loaded poison devices known as “cyanide bombs” to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals that prey on livestock. The devices, officially called M-44s, have been used continuously for more than four decades […]

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Jay Inslee: Climate Change Is a Winning Campaign Issue — and President Trump Knows It

I’ve heard it my whole career, from pundits, special interests and even political consultants: Just shut up about climate change if you want to be elected. They set up a false dichotomy between the economy and the environment, saying you can’t fight for good jobs and for clean air. That was bad advice then, and […]

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When the Polluters Are Cleaner Than the Government

The Trump administration has expected corporations to cheer its efforts to lower environmental safeguards — to permit poisonous pesticides, to gut mine safety protections, to weaken rules on methane leaks in the energy industry. It can be assumed, then, that administration officials thought they were offering the auto industry a gift with their continued pursuit […]

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Ethics Office Investigates Whether Interior Dept. Officials Violated Transparency Laws

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department’s internal ethics watchdog has opened an investigation into whether top Trump appointees at the agency have violated federal open-record laws by withholding or delaying the release of public documents, emails and policy memos. The investigation by the Interior Department’s Inspector General comes the same day as the separate introduction of […]

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

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general will investigate allegations that William L. Wehrum, the agency’s former air quality chief, violated ethics rules when he met with former clients from his days as a lawyer and lobbyist for the […]

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

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced it would not ban a widely used pesticide associated with developmental disabilities and other health problems in children. The decision not to prohibit the use of the pesticide, chlorpyrifos, comes after years of legal wrangling. It represents a victory for the chemical industry and farmers who […]

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