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April 6, 2018 3:47 AM Trump Says He Has Confidence in EPA Chief

White House seeks answers from Scott Pruitt over housing and other controversies President Donald Trump said Thursday he continues to have confidence in Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and praised his service, remarks that come as the White House is looking into several controversies swirling around the administrator. “I think Scott 83

April 4, 2018 4:35 AM EPA Chief Echoes Car Makers on Plan to Scrap Fuel Standards

Scott Pruitt says repealing the standards will help a car-buying public that is more interested in SUVs and pickups than fuel efficiency WASHINGTON—Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Tuesday that his plans for repealing Obama-era fuel economy standards are aimed at improving the efficiency of cars that people want to buy, embracing 78

April 3, 2018 1:22 AM EPA Will Ease Vehicle-Emissions Standards

Shift on Obama-era rules that aimed to slow climate change sets up a likely fight with California WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency moved to ease Obama-era vehicle emissions standards, siding with car makers who say the rules don’t work in an era of cheap gasoline, and setting up a fight with environmentalists and the state of California 65

April 3, 2018 12:48 AM White House probing environment chief Pruitt after condo report: WSJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is reviewing Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s activities after reports he paid below the market rate to live in a condo owned by a lobbyist who deals with issues overseen by the agency, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing an unnamed White House official. Pruitt has declined to comment 114

April 2, 2018 10:30 PM EPA's Pruitt plans to ease Obama-era automobile emissions standards

The Obama Administration imposed standards which would have required automakers to nearly double the average fuel economy of new cars and light trucks by the year 2025 to 54.5 miles per gallon; Doug McKelway reports on changes coming to this regulation. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday it would revise automobile 124

March 31, 2018 4:28 AM EPA to loosen rules for automobile gas mileage, pollution

EPA to loosen rules for automobile gas mileage, pollution The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards. Automakers wanted the government to relax the current standards, which were imposed by the Obama administration to combat climate change. They say the rules will cost the industry 70

March 23, 2018 10:23 PM EPA Tentatively Decides to Ease Vehicle Emission Standards

The agency faces an April 1 deadline for a final determination on tailpipe standards The Environmental Protection Agency has tentatively concluded that future vehicle emissions standards should be eased, a decision long lobbied for by car companies that argued looming regulations are too stringent and need revision. The EPA has drafted a so-called final 54

March 23, 2018 2:19 AM EPA chief Scott Pruitt defends Italy trip after increased scrutiny of travel costs

Pruitt said he took official meetings during the entire four-day trip to Italy for the G-7 environmental summit in June of last year. "These are very important meetings that take place, it's an obligation I have to participate and so I'm a little bit dumbfounded by the kind of media narrative that these things are somehow not the focus, they've always 97

March 13, 2018 4:16 AM Navy's Red Hill analysis concerns environmental regulators

A Navy analysis may underestimate the contamination potential of leaks from giant fuel tanks near Pearl Harbor, environmental regulators said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii Department of Health sent a letter to the Navy last month outlining their concerns about the Navy's work. The Navy has 20 underground fuel storage tanks 82

February 20, 2018 6:00 PM House Democrats ask EPA chief for details on premium travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on the House energy committee on Tuesday asked Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to explain travel records that recently came to light, which showed he has taken frequent first-class flights at taxpayer expense. The Democrats wrote a letter asking Pruitt to provide a list of all dates where he traveled 94