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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.

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EPA: Trump leaves murky Superfund legacy

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Portrait of Scott Pruitt, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will be unveiled Friday

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

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Reversing rollbacks in the post Trump-era is not enough

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EPA’s final deregulatory rush runs into open staff resistance

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‘The coal industry is back,' Trump proclaimed. It wasn't

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As the West burns, Trump administration races to demolish environmental protections

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6 former EPA bosses call for agency reset after election

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New emails show how energy industry moved fast to undo curbs

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Most Trump environmental rollbacks will take years to be reversed

A new administration could renew the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate agreement, strengthen air pollution standards, and more. But that will take time.
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EPA emails reveal talks between Trump officials, chemical group before 2017 settlement

When the chemical company Brenntag received a fine in 2017, the National Association of Chemical Distributors asked for help from two new Trump administration appointees who previously worked in chemical lobbying, according to emails.

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Experts warn EPA making 'secret science' rule more restrictive

The Environmental Protection Agency's latest rewrite of its science transparency rule may be even more restrictive than the last one, scientists say.

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Manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, a controversial pesticide, says it will stop producing it

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