Environmental groups sue over federal permit for Virgin Islands refinery

Four environmental groups launched a legal challenge this week calling for the review of a federal permit for a long-closed oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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At Biden’s request, Montana judge vacates Trump EPA’s ‘secret science’ rule

A federal judge on Monday vacated the Trump administration rule limiting which scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency can use in crafting public health protections, overturning one of the Trump administration's last major rollbacks.

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Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule

A federal judge in Montana ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to fast-track a controversial rule about how the Environmental Protection Agency considers scientific evidence, endangering its future under the Biden administration.

15 states sue EPA over decision not to tighten pollution standard for smog

Fifteen states and two cities have sued the Environmental Protection Agency for declining to tighten air quality standards for ozone pollution, the main ingredient in smog.

With only a week left in Trump’s Presidency, a last-ditch effort to block climate action and eny the science

President Donald Trump’s appointees took their final shots at staving off future climate action this week, even as his presidency careered to an inglorious end with a second impeachment. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday finalized a surprise measure to bar future greenhouse gas regulation at oil refineries, manufacturing plants or other facilities beyond coal-fired […]

EPA: Trump leaves murky Superfund legacy

Environmental advocates have largely been critical of President Trump, but some still offer praise for the Trump EPA's attention to toxic sites.

Trump's EPA chief hopes Biden doesn't focus solely on climate change

Wheeler wants his successor to “build off” his work. Biden is pledging to reverse many of his most significant policies.

Wheeler announces a new 'transparency' rule that his critics say is dangerous to public health

In one of his final, boldest strokes as administrator of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday announced a new “transparency" rule that could keep the agency from considering some of the most well-documented health research in the world.

EPA finds fuel efficiency dropped, pollution spiked for 2019 vehicles

Automakers' fuel efficiency went down and vehicle pollution went up for the first time in five years in 2019, according to a report released by the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA: Wheeler unveils final rule to limit agency's use of science

The Trump administration, during its last days in power, fired another shot in its war on regulations and science-based policies, rewriting the rules on the use of scientific research at EPA.

White House appears to conclude review of EPA 'secret science' rule

The White House appears to have concluded its review of an Environmental Protection Agency rule that's expected to limit the types of scientific research the agency can consider in its rulemaking process.

The Clean Air Act has saved millions of lives and trillions of dollars

The U.S. Clean Air Act turns 50 on December 31. America's dramatically cleaner skies are evidence of what legislation and innovation can do.

EPA revises rules for lead in drinking water

EPA strengthens some provisions but does not take the bigger step of requiring replacement of all lead service lines.

New Trump rule aims to limit tough clean air measures under Biden

The EPA rule, which changes the way cost-benefit analyses are used, would make it easier for fossil fuel companies to fight regulations in court.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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