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  • EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group

    EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt last year had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group that has backed him for years, according to multiple individuals familiar with the matter....

  • 2 of Scott Pruitt's closest aides, also facing scrutiny, are leaving the EPA

    2 of Scott Pruitt's closest aides, also facing scrutiny, are leaving the EPA

    Two of Scott Pruitt's most trusted aides have given notice that they are leaving, as the Environmental Protection Agency chief faces growing scrutiny over his spending and management decisions, according to current and former agency officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel...

  • 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...

  • What role should the L.A. River play in a future Los Angeles?

    What role should the L.A. River play in a future Los Angeles?

    A thriving river, teeming with wildlife. A future in which the city meets its own water needs without importing extra from elsewhere. Can Los Angeles have both? That’s the challenge facing a city that aspires to live within its environmental means. If local agencies follow through on their most...

  • Rolling back fuel economy standards could mean bigger cars — and less progress on climate change

    Rolling back fuel economy standards could mean bigger cars — and less progress on climate change

    Gas prices have been so low in recent years that more Americans are choosing to buy bigger vehicles, a trend that has stymied efforts to cut auto emissions. One thing reining in consumer appetite for trucks and SUVs has been tough fuel economy standards adopted several years ago by California and...

  • Once a Trump favorite, EPA chief Scott Pruitt might not be able to save his job

    Once a Trump favorite, EPA chief Scott Pruitt might not be able to save his job

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt once seemed immune from the Trump Cabinet chaos. No more. Questions are dogging Pruitt over first-class plane trips at taxpayer expense, a housing deal from a lobbyist’s wife and big government payouts for his friends. The anti-regulatory crusader's...

  • Today: Trump’s EPA Fuels a New Fight With California

    Today: Trump’s EPA Fuels a New Fight With California

    Once again, the Trump administration has put “out of control” California in its sights. TOP STORIES Trump’s EPA Fuels a New Fight With California The “Trump administration versus California” battle has many fronts: immigration, oil drilling, civil rights. On Monday, two of the state’s environmental...

  • Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections

    Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections

    The Trump administration openly threatened one of the cornerstones of California’s environmental protections Monday, saying that it may revoke the state’s ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards than the federal government sets for vehicle emissions. The announcement came as...

  • Lake Forest hottest spot in U.S. as January heat wave breaks records, broils Southern California

    Lake Forest hottest spot in U.S. as January heat wave breaks records, broils Southern California

    Monday brought a second day of record-setting temperatures across Southern California as a January heat wave made winter feel a lot more like summer. Numerous spots around the region hit new highs for the day, including Long Beach (91), LAX (89) UCLA (89), Santa Ana (88), Newport Beach (85), and...

  • No one seems to want to run Trump's EPA in California

    No one seems to want to run Trump's EPA in California

    Perhaps it is unsurprising that the White House still hasn’t filled this job: San Francisco is not an inviting place for the Make America Great Again administration. But the administration’s effort to fill one of its most important environmental jobs — chief of the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

  • Today: Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

    Today: Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

    After being criticized for shifting his position on the so-called Dreamers, President Trump will propose a path forward. TOP STORIES Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal President Trump has left for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to rub elbows with the “globalist...

  • White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

    White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

    The government shutdown is fast becoming an unwelcome and costly staple of American democracy. After the last prolonged closure delivered a substantial hit to the economy and created hardship and frustration for millions, lawmakers vowed never again. And yet, here we are again. The Trump administration...

  • In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

    In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

    Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21. They’re calling it “Day Zero.” In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will...

  • 2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say

    2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say

    Even without the help of El Niño, 2017 was a top-three scorcher for planet Earth. Global temperatures last year were the third-highest since scientists began keeping records in 1880, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Measurements from NASA placed it even...

  • One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

    One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

    A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark’s family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental Protection Agency had done. In September, at the behest of power...

  • Today: The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

    Today: The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

    The Trump administration’s environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll. TOP STORIES The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters Some call it industry-friendly regulation. Others call it abandonment of duty. The Trump administration’s approach to the environment is markedly different...

  • EPA must tighten rules on lead inside homes to protect children from poisoning, court rules

    EPA must tighten rules on lead inside homes to protect children from poisoning, court rules

    After years of delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must propose tighter limits on the amount of lead allowed inside homes within 90 days to protect children from the hazards of lead paint, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

  • L.A.'s increasingly hot and dry autumns result in 'these near-apocalyptic fires'

    L.A.'s increasingly hot and dry autumns result in 'these near-apocalyptic fires'

    For weather experts, autumn in Southern California is “the great race.” The severity of the fall fire season is often determined by what arrives first — the fierce Santa Ana winds or the rains. This year, however, it’s been no contest. Autumn has seen excruciatingly little rain, intensely low humidity,...

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