Category: EPA

EPA reports lowest number of pollution penalties in a decade

The Environmental Protection Agency reported the lowest number of penalties in 2018 in more than a decade. The agency confirmed it had assessed lower penalties for violations of pollution laws. The EPA stated it obtained a total of $3.95 billion in injunctive relief in fiscal 2018 which was the lowest amount in 15 years. One …

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Senate committee votes to recommend Wheeler to be new EPA Administrator

    Along party lines, the U.S.  Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted Tuesday to move the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s friend, Andrew Wheeler to run the EPA to the full Senate. The vote was 11-10 on making the recommendation of Wheeler, a former lobbyist for a coal company who also once …

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Confirmation vote coming for new EPA Administrator

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is expected to vote Tuesday on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to take over permanently as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. He is likely to get a favorable recommendation as Republicans control the committee and outnumber Democrats who believe Wheeler has too many potential conflicts of …

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Early founder of EPA dies in Virginia

A man who was considered to be one of the founders of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency died last week in Virginia. Douglas Costle was the EPA administrator during the Carter administration.  Previously, he was a senior staffer for President Nixon’s advisory council on reorganizing the executive branch and led the study that recommended founding …

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Early founder of EPA dies in Virginia

Wheeler’s EPA confirmation hearing opened with friendship but Democrats quickly attacked him

Before he underwent grilling from Democrats, Andrew Wheeler, the President’s nominee to head the EPA was introduced by Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. The Senator applauded Wheeler’s nomination when it was made in November of 2018. “Thank you Mr. Chairman,” said Inhofe in making the introduction. “I would like to introduce my friend Andrew Wheeler …

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Judge won’t delay EPA’s coal ash regulation decision in Oklahoma

A judge in Washington, D.C. has refused to delay a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s move to allow Oklahoma to regulate its own coal ash disposal. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates denied a motion by the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the lawsuit filed by Waterkeeper Alliance Inc., Local Environmental Action Demanded Agency and the Sierra …

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President nominates Wheeler to be new EPA Administrator

While Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler met Wednesday with his old boss, Oklahoma U.S.  Sen. Jim Inhofe, he was officially nominated by President Trump to be the person to succeed former administrator Scott Pruitt. Sen. Inhofe took note of the timing of the announcement with a tweet that stated: “Jim Inhofe‏Verified account @JimInhofe 17h17 hours ago More …

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Nonprofit group uses Pruitt’s resignation to raise money

When Scott Pruitt resigned as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, one environmental group not only was elated but took credit for forcing him out of office. Now it’s using Pruitt’s resignation in an effort to raise money. The Environmental Integrity Project, lead by Executive Director Eric Schaeffer is using Pruitt’s departure and what led …

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EPA’s Inspector General to continue travel probe of Scott Pruitt

Just because Scott Pruitt is no longer the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t mean he’s clear of those ethics allegations that led to his resignation months ago. The Office of Inspector General, the EPA’s watchdog plans to continue its audit next year of Pruitt’s travel to and from Oklahoma where he once was …

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