Biden picks North Carolina environmental extremist to lead EPA

Washington, D.C. (AP), December 18 – President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday offered the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency to environmental extremist Michael S. Regan, a North Carolina regulator who has made a name pursuing cleanups of industrial toxins and helping low-income and minority communities hit hardest by pollution. Biden also plans to nominate New […]

Trump’s EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes’ home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the powdery ash […]

EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won’t say from where

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been […]

Senate on track to confirm Scott Pruitt as administrator of EPA, an agency sorely in need of drastic reform

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer and MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON, February 17 — Senate Republicans are poised to use their majority to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite calls from Democrats for a delay. A vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination is set for Friday. As part of a public […]