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Washington state company to settle EPA water pollution case

A Washington state lumber company has agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over allegations of water pollution.

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Asbestos has been found in Claire's eye shadow, highlighting a disturbing 'black hole' in beauty-product safety

The US Food and Drug Administration barely regulates the cosmetics industry: just 11 ingredients are forbidden in cosmetic products in the US. In Europe, more than 1,300 compounds are barred.

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Washington state to fight Trump's coal plant plan

The state of Washington plans to sue the Trump administration over its proposal to dismantle pollution rules that would have increased federal regulation of emissions from coal-fired power plants, Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday.

Climate

US says driving would be riskier if fuel standards tougher

The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards.

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In twist, Trump administration backs Obama's monument decree

A dispute over acts of Congress in 1906 and 1937 has put the Trump administration in court - and into the unusual position of supporting a proclamation by former President Barack Obama.

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Handing out medals in the Battle of Pruitt

To start, the photo is from Energy Department HQ, with DOE Secretary Rick Perry and, closest to him, coal baron Bob Murray. I don't know the next person to the right, but in this 2017 photo, Mr. Murray had come a-lobbyin' with veteran DC insider and mouthpiece Andrew Wheeler (beneath the red arrow). More on the photo later.

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Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

The Trump administration is advancing a proposal that would replace President Barack Obama's principal attempt to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions with a new rule expected to go easier on the ailing coal industry.

Toxics

Africa's pollution killing thousands of infants, study says

Modest reductions in air pollution can prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of infants in sub-Saharan Africa each year, according to a new scientific study that investigated the link between breathable air pollutants and premature deaths in 30 countries across the continent.

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Toxics

Evidence of an oil spill was obvious, but was it a crime?

An acrid stink of petroleum sent Santa Barbara County firefighters scrambling three years ago in a search of a possible spill. When they arrived at Refugio State Beach, oil was staining the pristine sands and seeping into the surf. It would turn out to be the worst California coastal spill in 25 years. But was it a crime scene?

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Rescue crews airlift hundreds stranded after Hawaii storm

Hundreds of people have been airlifted out of dangerous floodwaters on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, but authorities said Tuesday that others are still stranded at evacuation centers.

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Climate

Winds ease but deadly wildfires endure in Southwest US

Frazzled residents in a part of rural northwestern Oklahoma paralyzed by days of wind-whipped wildfires expressed fear a blaze could overrun their home Wednesday, as firefighters battling the deadly fires there and in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico found some relief at the promise of easing of dangerous weather conditions.

Climate

Ex-coal baron Blankenship debuts 'fact-check' campaign site

There's a new fact-checking operation in West Virginia, but it obscures where it's coming from: Don Blankenship's U.S. Senate campaign.

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Energy

Workers' radiation exposure halts nuke plant demolition

Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation's nuclear arsenal.

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'Truly alarming': No babies for endangered right whales

The winter calving season for critically endangered right whales has nearly ended with zero newborns spotted in the past four months - a reproductive drought that scientists who study the fragile species haven't seen in three decades.

Energy

Court declines to tear up NJ's $225M settlement with Exxon

A New Jersey appeals court on Monday turned down a request from environmental groups and a former state senator to undo a $225 million pollution settlement between the state and Exxon Mobil.

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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

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

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

EHN.org 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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