Records show the coal mining company formerly run by David Zatezalo retaliated against a foreman who complained of harassment and unsafe conditions. ProPublica.
Top reporting on environmental rollbacks
One of the most contentious environmental fights of the past 30 years is suddenly back in the news, now that EPA head Scott Pruitt is poised to withdraw measures protecting the bay's storied salmon runs. Outside.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt hinted Tuesday at plans to rid the agency’s scientific advisory boards of researchers who get EPA grants, arguing that the current structure raises questions about their independence. Washington Post.
Our Reporting on Trump's rollbacks
Some environmental planners spend their careers mapping out worst-case scenarios. As of January 20, they've got one in the White House. Environmental Health News.
Some have compared Trump’s wrecking crew to the one brought in by Ronald Reagan in 1981. But there are crucial differences between then and now. Environmental Health News.
One political activist with connections on both sides of the ideological environmental wall, and how she views the Trump era. Daily Climate.
Since 2013, the United States has been contesting by all means available the European regulation of these chemicals in the name of free trade. Part 3 of 3. Environmental Health News.
The nominee to lead the E.P.A. chemicals office is a threat to public health. more…
Denial by the White House will sadly increase the intensity of storms and wildfires. more…
Environmental justice rollbacks
More Dreamers work in food than any other industry; with DACA on the chopping block, they share how it has changed their lives—and what happens if it ends. Civil Eats.
Ranchers and tribal leaders alike are taking a stand against Secretary Zinke's rollbacks. Newsweek.
The Department of Transportation’s TIGER grants are an important source of funding for poor and minority communities, and they’re likely here to stay. Undark.
In turn, West Virginia's governor cites the president's support for the coal industry as part of his reason for switching parties. Politico.
Given how President Donald Trump has taken aim at the Environmental Protection Agency with regulatory rollbacks and deep proposed budget cuts, it may come as no surprise that the Office of Environmental Justice is on the chopping block. ProPublica.
Under Trump's orders, EPA considers gutting lead contamination rules even as water in schools tests positive.
Under the leadership of the Trump administration, which has pledged to slash federal regulations at every level, lead protections and regulations may be at risk. Truthout.
Water quality rollbacks
The shrubby bogs that dot the Atlantic coastal plain stand to lose protection, experts say, if the White House rolls back the Clean Water Rule. Greenwire.
U.S. EPA officials determined in 2014 that "flooding and inundation from more intense" storms could spur Superfund sites to spew contaminants. Greenwire.
Profiles of people, places, wildlife, and conservation programs threatened by federal budget cuts and environmental policy rollbacks. A new story series by Audubon. Audubon Magazine.
The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing back by two years key deadlines in a 2015 rule limiting toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Hill, District of Columbia.
The Trump administration has been steadily undoing environmental protections established by the Obama administration. High Country News.
Two of the companies - ExxonMobil and Valero - responsible for a plume of benzene in the air over Houston recently lobbied against an EPA rule to prevent the government from more strictly regulating the toxin. International Business Times.
One of more than 270 sites that have been on the list since it was created in September 1983, the 6-acre Lipari Landfill in southwestern New Jersey epitomizes what EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt maintains is a troubled program. Greenwire.
Three million Utahns will be the victims if clean cars are run off the road by the clown car at the White House. more…
Beijing sees an interconnected world where environmental sustainability is crucial to maintaining political support, global stability and economic growth. more…
If confirmed to the EPA, Michael Dourson will be in a position to set safety levels for many of the same chemicals his company was paid to defend. The Intercept.
A detailed schedule for the EPA leader shows many meals, meetings with industry executives he regulates. Washington Post.
A last-minute notification from the EPA left opponents with almost no time to weigh in on the disposal of a coal-power byproduct laced with toxics and tied to spills that have cost billions of dollars to clean up. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri.
The deal with Alaska, to benefit a remote town, would ignore a decades-old ban on development in protected wilderness. Washington Post.
Opponents of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are leaning on ethics complaints and requests for watchdog investigations, with the latest accusation targeting a political fundraising company's use of praise Zinke once offered for the company's work. Greenwire.
Logging and pipeline companies are using a new legal tactic to seek damages from Greenpeace and other groups. The long-shot cases are having a chilling effect. InsideClimate News.
The shrimp-like Kenk's amphipod is easy to miss and hard to love. From now on, it's also unprotected by federal law. Greenwire.
The agency will consider allowing grazing and mineral leasing within the protected Western habitat of the greater sage grouse. New York Times.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department's regulatory culture to be more business friendly. Associated Press.
Endangered insects, a little-known part of the Endangered Species Act, prepare for life under Trump. Chicago Tribune, Illinois.
Under the Antiquities Act, landscapes like the Grand Canyon count as ‘objects’ that can be protected. High Country News.
Human health rollbacks
For decades Big Bend's stunning vistas have been compromised by poor air quality that Texas, working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, is supposed to address. The Guardian.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he'll sign a proposed rule to withdraw from the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-designed plan to meet U.S. obligations under the Paris climate accord. National Public Radio.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday his agency's plans to withdraw the Clean Power Plan, the sweeping Obama-era rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions. CNN.
Trevor Schaefer, first made headlines when "Trevor's Law" was adopted last year as a part of Congress' overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act. Boise KTVB TV, Idaho.
The 43-page proposal, expected to be made public in the coming days, argues that the Obama administration overstepped its legal authority in implementing the Clean Power Plan. Washington Post.
Congressional Republicans have found a way to use the federal budget to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling— and they don’t plan on stopping there. Bloomberg News.
U.S. Senate Democrats vowed on Tuesday to fight a measure expected to be slipped into budget legislation that would open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil and gas drilling, saying it would destroy one of earth’s remaining paradises. Reuters.
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation. Reuters.
President Donald Trump has picked Kathleen Hartnett White, a former Texas regulator and unapologetic advocate of expanding U.S. fossil fuel production regardless of carbon dioxide emissions, for the top White House environment post. InsideClimate News.
Every morning is filled with anxiety in this hardscrabble town so intertwined with the fortunes of its hulking coal power plant that a drawing of the facility is emblazoned on the community’s police force emblem. Los Angeles Times.
The moves to save this industry have actually exposed its weaknesses — and revealed a trend that coal companies and the Trump administration have not acknowledged publicly: Despite Trump’s best efforts, the American coal industry remains on life support. Washington Post.
The prospects for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration are better than they have been in years. New York Times.
As the Trump administration mulls whether to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, its legal foes are already plotting creative courtroom challenges against U.S. EPA and directly against utilities. ClimateWire.
How does Senator Don Blankenship sound to you? Greenwire.
US EPA has announced with great fanfare that it plans to kill the Clean Power Plan, but another major climate rule for power plants is still on the books. ClimateWire.
Gov. Inslee: Repeal of Clean Power Plan is ‘Trump Administration’s total abdication of American leadership.'
Gov. Jay Inslee said the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Act won’t deter Washington state’s efforts to limit carbon pollution. Bainbridge Island Review, Washington.
Air quality rollbacks
New ozone pollution rules are taking effect that are aimed at reducing medical costs and saving lives. But those regulations are the same ones that the Trump administration had wanted to rewrite and to delay. Forbes.
Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. head, wants to end reimbursements for Superfund litigation that seeks to force polluters to pay for cleaning up sites they left contaminated. New York Times.
Fines for illegal pollution have plummeted under President Donald Trump, according to analysis by an environmental advocacy group. Associated Press.
Civil penalties assessed by the Environmental Protection Agency are 60 percent lower so far under President Trump than at the same point in each of the last three administrations, according to a report released Thursday. The Hill, District of Columbia.