6 ways the Trump presidency has impacted the building industry

From environmental rollbacks to tariffs, these policies have directly and indirectly influenced the architecture, engineering, and construction trades.

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Proposed EPA rule change would make life easier for Ohio polluters

Donna Ballinger wipes a hand against her windshield to reveal the black soot that drifts regularly to her home from the coke oven at AK Steel. "It's horrible," said Ballinger, 56.


Wheeler seeks to paint EPA regulatory rollbacks as environmentally friendly

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler sought to portray some of the agency's most significant regulatory rollbacks as environmentally friendly.


This billionaire governor’s coal company might get a big break from his own regulators

West Virginia environmental regulators are proposing fine reductions for water pollution violations from a coal company owned by Gov. Jim Justice, even after the company promised to clean up its mines.

Two-year milestones: Mapping the way to clean water

States and local jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are working toward water quality goals for the Bay and its rivers.


New pesticide regulations would fix "broken and outdated" system at the EPA, sponsors say

Called the Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act of 2020, the bill provides a framework for fixing what sponsors Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colorado) dub America's "broken and outdated" pesticide regulatory system.


Coal, oil companies among those wanting environmental leniency during pandemic

What do a coal mining company, a local church and a community college have in common? They all asked for leniency from the state, arguing the coronavirus pandemic is interfering with their ability to comply with laws that protect the public from pollution.

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Martin County water district meets EPA regulations, study shows

A new study of water quality in Martin County shows county's notoriously unreliable water system was in compliance with overall Environmental Protection Agency regulations, although improvements are still needed to build citizens' trust and reduce high amounts of contaminants during the summer and early fall.


EPA grants leniency for dumping toxic coal ash

EPA has given power plant owners more leniency to dump coal ash into unlined ponds, drawing a promise of litigation from environmentalists who claim the rule lets heavy metals leach into groundwater.


Feds decline protections for long-disputed Arctic grayling in Montana

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that endangered species protections for a certain population segment of the Arctic grayling are no longer necessary, claiming the future for the long-beleaguered fish is “shining brightly."


EPA proposes airplane emission standards that airlines already meet

The Trump administration on Wednesday made public the federal government's first proposal to control planet-warming pollution from airplanes, but the draft regulation would not push the airlines beyond emissions limits they have set for themselves.


Democrats weigh options for undoing Trump rollbacks

President Trump used props to highlight his deregulation efforts. But the president's opponents are preparing for the end of his time in office and are crafting plans for erasing his legacy.


Trump's environmental rollback will silence citizens' voices, critics in NW charge

Northwest conservation and anti-pollution organizations say the Trump administration’s changes to a bedrock environmental law from the Nixon era will have major impacts in the region.

Some Texas petrochemical facilities get a pass on chemical leak monitoring during the pandemic

State documents show dozens of requests from petrochemical companies to suspend routine monitoring for chemical leaks due to the pandemic. Companies say it’s necessary to keep staff members safe from COVID-19, but environmentalists warn it puts fenceline communities at risk.
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