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Today: Miles Apart at the EPA

Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency say the facts don’t support the Trump administration’s plan to weaken targets for better mileage in cars, pickups and SUVs. TOP STORIES Miles Apart at the EPA When the Trump administration announced its intent to roll back aggressive fuel economy...

  • On fuel economy plan, Trump administration ignored its own EPA scientists

    On fuel economy plan, Trump administration ignored its own EPA scientists

    The Trump administration’s plan to roll back aggressive Obama-era fuel economy standards for cars, pickups and SUVs is built on computer modeling that senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency had privately warned is flawed and unsupportable, according to newly released agency documents....

  • Today: A Court Tells the EPA: Ban This Insecticide

    Today: A Court Tells the EPA: Ban This Insecticide

    An appeals court has taken the unusual step of forcing the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the use of a chemical shown to harm children’s brains. TOP STORIES A Court Tells the EPA: Ban This Insecticide The Obama administration had proposed banning the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos...

  • Los Angeles County faces '96 hours of hot temperatures' in heat wave, forecaster warns

    Los Angeles County faces '96 hours of hot temperatures' in heat wave, forecaster warns

    Health officials issued a heat alert for Los Angeles County’s inland valleys Monday, warning that a multiday heat wave expected for Southern California this week will put the community’s most vulnerable residents at risk. Temperatures aren’t expected to be quite as blistering as they were during...

  • L.A. County issues heat wave warning for the week ahead

    L.A. County issues heat wave warning for the week ahead

    Summer is here. Los Angeles County officials have issued a warning for next week, when they expect temperatures to soar as another heat wave descends on Southern California. High temperatures are forecast to arrive on Monday. The alert covers areas prone to dangerous summertime heat. They include...

  • Fires destroy homes and spark mass evacuations amid Southern California heat wave

    Fires destroy homes and spark mass evacuations amid Southern California heat wave

    Record heat sparked several destructive brush fires across Southern California that burned numerous homes in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties. Powerful sundowner winds on the Santa Barbara County coast helped fuel the Holiday fire, which burned several homes Friday night in the hills above...

  • Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions

    Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions

    Many parts of Southern California hit new high-temperature marks Friday, with a few spots reaching the hottest readings ever recorded. Among the places that set all-time records were Van Nuys Airport (117 degrees), Burbank Airport (114), UCLA (111), Santa Ana (114) and Ramona (115), according to...

  • Dangerous Southern California heat wave beginning today is 'one for the record books'

    Dangerous Southern California heat wave beginning today is 'one for the record books'

    Record-breaking heat is descending on Southern California on Friday, bringing new fire dangers as well as health concerns for people who have to endure the conditions. “Today will be one for the record books. Almost all if not all of the daily records will fall today. It is likely that several...

  • Today: Pruitt’s Swamp Song

    Today: Pruitt’s Swamp Song

    Scott Pruitt is leaving the EPA amid scandals. Here’s what’s next. TOP STORIES Pruitt’s Swamp Song The $43,000 phone booth. The first-class flights at taxpayer expense. The $50-a-night condo a block from the Capitol. The pursuit of a used mattress from a Trump hotel — and a Chick-fil-A franchise...

  • The EPA's new leader is a former coal lobbyist

    The EPA's new leader is a former coal lobbyist

    The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans' health and address climate change. Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over the agency Monday now that President...

  • Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

    Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, one of the most scandal-plagued Cabinet officials in U.S. history, is leaving the agency. “I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Trump said in a tweet Thursday. “Within the...

  • Dangerous heat wave to hit Southern California this weekend

    Dangerous heat wave to hit Southern California this weekend

    A dangerous heat wave is expected to hit Southern California this weekend, with the warmest temperatures forecast for Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service said. An excessive-heat watch is in effect for much of southwestern California for those days, the weather service said. Temperatures...

  • EPA chief Pruitt had aide do personal chores for him

    EPA chief Pruitt had aide do personal chores for him

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal chores for him, according to an email and testimony from the aide released Monday. The account from Pruitt scheduling director Millan Hupp is in a...

  • Triclosan could be really harmful to your gut, and it's probably in your toothpaste

    Triclosan could be really harmful to your gut, and it's probably in your toothpaste

    Triclosan, an antimicrobial agent found in toys, toothpaste, cosmetics and more than 2,000 other consumer products, has been found to wreak havoc on the guts of mice whose blood concentrations of the compound are roughly equivalent to a typical level for humans. One group of mice who were fed a...

  • EPA used disavowed research to justify putting dirtier trucks on the road

    EPA used disavowed research to justify putting dirtier trucks on the road

    At a time when acts of defiance against the Trump administration are ​​​​routine in Sacramento, the rebuke that breezed through the California Assembly this month still came as a jolt. Even Trump loyalists in the chamber joined in. The message to the administration was clear: Forget about your...

  • Emails show collaboration among EPA and climate change deniers

    Emails show collaboration among EPA and climate change deniers

    Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator Scott Pruitt's stewardship...

  • Internal memo suggested that White House 'ignore' federal scientists' climate research

    Internal memo suggested that White House 'ignore' federal scientists' climate research

    White House officials last year weighed whether to simply "ignore" climate studies produced by government scientists or to instead develop "a coherent, fact-based message about climate science," according to a memo obtained by the Washington Post. The document, drafted Sept. 18 by Michael Catanzaro,...

  • Will Trump's pick to run the EPA office in San Francisco show up for work?

    Will Trump's pick to run the EPA office in San Francisco show up for work?

    The White House has finally found someone to take on the stress of overseeing President Trump’s fossil fuel-friendly environmental agenda in the heart of hostile territory: California and nearby states. But there’s one glaring problem. The guy who will lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

  • Robert Mueller, Kim Jong Un and the psychology of the president

    Robert Mueller, Kim Jong Un and the psychology of the president

    Whether by insight or coincidence, North Korea's leadership chose the week of the one-year anniversary of Robert S. Mueller III's appointment as special counsel to probe how eager President Trump is to make a nuclear deal. The answer: Very eager. Trump has made clear in his tweets and remarks that...

  • EPA's move to fast-track Orange County groundwater cleanup questioned

    EPA's move to fast-track Orange County groundwater cleanup questioned

    When a contaminated aquifer in Orange County made U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s list of top priority sites for “immediate, intense action,” the local water district was quick to highlight the announcement. But questions of political favoritism are swirling over...

  • Lobbyist helped broker EPA chief Scott Pruitt's $100,000 trip to Morocco

    Lobbyist helped broker EPA chief Scott Pruitt's $100,000 trip to Morocco

    A controversial trip to Morocco by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt in December was partly arranged by a longtime friend and lobbyist, who accompanied Pruitt and his entourage at multiple stops and served as an informal liaison at both official and social events during the visit....

  • Two top aides to EPA chief Scott Pruitt resign amid ethics investigations

    Two top aides to EPA chief Scott Pruitt resign amid ethics investigations

    The top security official for embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt abruptly left office ahead of his scheduled questioning before a congressional panel, one of two top aides whose departures were announced Tuesday amid a series of federal ethics investigations of the agency....

  • Slowdown in emissions reductions could explain stalled progress on smog, study finds

    Slowdown in emissions reductions could explain stalled progress on smog, study finds

    After decades of improvement, reductions in smog-forming emissions have slowed dramatically, according to new nationwide study based on satellite measurements. The findings could explain why progress cleaning air pollution in California and other parts of the country is faltering at a time when...

  • Trump and California are set to collide head-on over fuel standards

    Trump and California are set to collide head-on over fuel standards

    The Trump administration is speeding toward all-out war with California over fuel economy rules for cars and SUVs, proposing to revoke the state’s long-standing authority to enforce its own, tough rules on tailpipe emissions. The move forms a key part of a proposal by Trump’s environmental and...

  • On Capitol Hill, EPA chief takes little responsibility for his troubles

    On Capitol Hill, EPA chief takes little responsibility for his troubles

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt offered lawmakers little contrition Thursday for questionable spending and management decisions that have plunged his agency into scandal, as he accused critics of fabricating stories about him in an effort to undermine President Trump’s agenda....

  • The Exide plant in Vernon closed 3 years ago. The vast majority of lead-contaminated properties remain uncleaned

    The Exide plant in Vernon closed 3 years ago. The vast majority of lead-contaminated properties remain uncleaned

    Lupe Perez knows the soil outside her Boyle Heights apartment is contaminated with lead. But it’s not easy keeping her 3-year-old daughter away from a yard riddled with the brain-damaging poison. “I try to tell her not to touch the dirt or play with the dirt, but, I mean, she’s going to step on...

  • Today: Weird Science at the EPA

    Today: Weird Science at the EPA

    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is targeting the science behind many of its rules for clean air and water. TOP STORIES Weird Science at the EPA EPA chief Scott Pruitt says he’s for government “transparency.” Does that mean he’s addressing the soundproof telephone booth he spent...

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