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Pruitt: Trump asked, 'Should we shut down the agency?'

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt delved into his legacy at his official portrait unveiling last month and recalled discouraging Donald Trump, then the president-elect, from shutting down the agency.
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Toxics

Opinion | No one should have to breathe these chemicals

In Texas and across the country, the E.P.A.’s gutting of the Chemical Disaster Rule is a matter of life or death.
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Toxics

EPA broke rules in shake-up of science panels, federal watchdog says

The Government Accountability Office found that the administration “did not consistently ensure” that appointees to E.P.A. advisory boards met federal ethics requirements.
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E.P.A. experts objected to ‘misleading’ agency smog decision, emails show

One agency scientist expressed “disbelief” over a 2018 decision to exempt most of southeastern Wisconsin from federal limits on smog.
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Pruitt's lawyer sought billionaire's help for fund

As he faced multiple investigations last year, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt set up a legal defense fund. The fund's trustee sought money from one of her friends, a billionaire Republican donor, to help defray costs.
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Andrew Wheeler, who continued environmental rollbacks, is confirmed to lead E.P.A.

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Andrew R. Wheeler to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, giving oversight of the nation's air and water to a former coal lobbyist and seasoned Washington insider.

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Originals

Peter Dykstra: Year in review — Measuring the US government’s 2018 footprint ... on Mother Nature’s throat

The year saw President Donald Trump's promised multi-front assault on environmental values, regulations and science bear some toxic fruit.

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Ryan Zinke, Into the Sunset

The secretary of the Interior departs under a cascade of ethics investigations.
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Ryan Zinke, face of Trump environmental rollbacks, is leaving Interior Department

Mr. Zinke is the latest Trump administration official to exit his position facing questions of ethical conflict.
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The oil industry’s covert campaign to rewrite American car emissions rules

Energy giants and conservative groups have been aggressively pushing Trump’s rollback of fuel efficiency rules for automobiles, a Times investigation found.
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Justice

The rare environmental victories of 2018

Let's face it: 2018 sucked. But before we pop our champagne and wish for a year of fewer environmental failures and heartbreaking studies, hold onto the strides we made this year.

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Climate

Scott Pruitt’s environmental rollbacks stumbled in court. His successor is more thorough

President Trump’s current choice to run the E.P.A., Andrew Wheeler, could emerge as an effective and efficient driver of the administration’s environmental and climate deregulation agenda.
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Wheeler punts Pruitt's science overhaul

Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler has put Scott Pruitt's plan to restrict the science used in crafting new regulations on the back burner.
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Scott Pruitt, former EPA chief, is in talks for his next job: Coal consultant

Mr. Pruitt has remained largely out of the public eye since departing the Trump administration in July under a cloud of ethics investigations.
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