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Trump administration unveils major Clean Water Act rollback

The Trump administration unveiled its plan Tuesday for a major rollback of the Clean Water Act, a blueprint drawn up at the behest of farm groups, real estate developers and other business interests that would end federal protections on thousands of miles of streams and wetlands. The proposal has...

  • Today: Miles Apart at the EPA

    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...

  • Appeals court orders Trump administration to ban pesticide harmful to children's brains within 60 days

    Appeals court orders Trump administration to ban pesticide harmful to children's brains within 60 days

    A federal appeals court ordered the Trump administration Thursday to revoke approval for a widely used pesticide that studies show can harm the brains of children. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 60 days to ban chlorpyrifos,...

  • California moves to safeguard vehicle emissions rules from Trump rollback

    California moves to safeguard vehicle emissions rules from Trump rollback

    California is firing back at the Trump administration with a plan to safeguard the state’s greenhouse gas emissions rules from a proposed federal rollback. A state Air Resources Board proposal released Tuesday would force automakers to meet California’s existing standards on car and truck pollution,...

  • A vicious climate cycle: Droughts are becoming hotter, raising risk of wildfire, scientists say

    A vicious climate cycle: Droughts are becoming hotter, raising risk of wildfire, scientists say

    Droughts don’t just make a place drier. As new research shows, they also make it hotter. A team from UC Irvine that compared temperature changes across the U.S. found that temperatures rise faster in places under drought conditions than they do in places with average climates. This relationship...

  • California vows to fight Trump EPA's move to freeze fuel economy rules

    California vows to fight Trump EPA's move to freeze fuel economy rules

    The Trump administration Thursday pushed ahead with plans to unravel the federal government’s most effective action to fight climate change — aggressive fuel economy standards aimed at getting the nation’s cars and trucks to average more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025. After months of discussion...

  • EPA reverses course, says it will enforce stricter pollution limits for 'glider' trucks

    EPA reverses course, says it will enforce stricter pollution limits for 'glider' trucks

    The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course late Thursday and announced it would enforce stricter pollution controls on freight trucks known as gliders, which emit dozens of times more soot and contaminants compared with those that have new diesel engines. In a three-page memo to his deputies,...

  • California's catastrophic year of wildfires worsens with Redding destruction

    California's catastrophic year of wildfires worsens with Redding destruction

    California’s grim year of fire destruction just got worse. The Carr fire, which has destroyed countless homes in Redding and killed at least two people, is the latest inferno to spread from wildlands into urban areas, fueled by extreme heat and winds. Last fall, Northern California’s wine country...

  • 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...

  • Climate change has come to your neighborhood, and the sizzle may never subside

    Climate change has come to your neighborhood, and the sizzle may never subside

    A colleague once observed, many years ago, that California has two seasons. Green and brown. We are in the latter, and death has visited my neighborhood this summer. Half the ground cover in my frontyard has burned to a crunchy crisp. Across the street, a neighbor draped white sheets over shrubbery...

  • New evacuations ordered as fire raging near Yosemite National Park grows to 12,525 acres

    New evacuations ordered as fire raging near Yosemite National Park grows to 12,525 acres

    A wildfire burning outside Yosemite National Park continued its push south toward nearby rural communities as hundreds of firefighters flooded into the area Tuesday. Amid high temperatures, low humidity and light winds, the Ferguson fire has scorched 12,525 acres south of Highway 140 west of the...

  • Massive tree die-off brings unprecedented danger as wildfire burns near Yosemite

    Massive tree die-off brings unprecedented danger as wildfire burns near Yosemite

    The Ferguson fire burning through Mariposa County has already charred nearly 10,000 acres and killed a firefighter working the front lines. But its true destructiveness might lie ahead as it burns a path through a tinderbox already primed for disaster. On either side of the Merced River, hillsides...

  • Crews work to restore power to L.A. County residents and businesses as heat wave continues

    Roughly 29,000 Los Angeles-area homes and businesses remained without power Sunday in the wake of the weekend heat wave, officials said. Utility crews have restored power to more than 57,000 customers since the spell of unusually hot weather swept through the region Friday, said Joseph Ramallo,...

  • More temperature records set as heat wave grips Southern California

    More temperature records set as heat wave grips Southern California

    The second day of a dangerous heat wave brought record-high temperatures across Southern California. Saturday was slightly cooler than Friday, but many areas topped out well above the century mark. Among the communities setting records for the day: Downtown L.A. (104 degrees), Burbank (105), Van...

  • 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...

  • Extreme heat wave and high surf expected to send many to the beach

    Extreme heat wave and high surf expected to send many to the beach

    The hundreds of thousands of people likely to visit local beaches this Fourth of July week will be met by large waves expected to build late Wednesday and last through Friday. Another type of wave — a heat wave — is also on its way. Temperatures are expected to hit or exceed the century mark in...

  • Pruitt aides reveal new details of his controversial spending and management at EPA

    Pruitt aides reveal new details of his controversial spending and management at EPA

    Two of EPA chief Scott Pruitt's top aides have provided fresh details to congressional investigators in recent days about some of his most controversial spending and management decisions, including his push to find a six-figure job for his wife at a politically connected group, enlist staffers...

  • Longtime Scott Pruitt ally Sen. James Inhofe says it may be time for EPA chief to 'leave that job'

    Longtime Scott Pruitt ally Sen. James Inhofe says it may be time for EPA chief to 'leave that job'

    Even Scott Pruitt’s most loyal friends are starting to give up the fight. The perpetual ethics problems of the Environmental Protection Agency chief have moved some conservatives who were firmly in his camp to reconsider. On Wednesday, his longtime mentor and fellow Oklahoma Republican, Sen. James...

  • 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...

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