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Trump EPA set to officially roll back Obama clean water regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency is set Thursday to announce the repeal of the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule that extended federal authority and protections to streams and wetlands, according to a source familiar with the details of the announcement.

EPA dropped salmon protection after Trump met with Alaska governor

The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world's most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Trump met with Alaska's governor, CNN has learned.

Trump takes aim at Green New Deal

President Donald Trump held an event to tout his administration's previous work on the environment Monday during a speech at the White House, despite having rolled back numerous regulations intended to fight the climate crisis.

EPA rolls back Obama-era plan limiting coal plant emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said states can set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants -- a rule that the agency itself says could result in 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030 than the Obama-era plan it will replace.

EPA administrator suggests collusion between media, Sierra Club

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is ratcheting up a criticism of the news media first delivered earlier this week, musing before a panel of scientists that reporters and an environmental group were "colluding" and misrepresenting his comments "for fundraising purposes."

House Oversight opens probe into EPA administrator's ethics

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has opened an investigation into Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler's compliance with an ethics law that requires officials to disclose all sources of money earned in an amount greater than $5,000 two years prior to holding an appointed position, according to a letter House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings sent Wheeler.

Federal report contradicts EPA chief's climate change claims

President Donald Trump reminded the public on Monday, in honor of Earth Day, that while his administration values the environment, "environmental protection and economic prosperity go hand in hand." Trump and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler have publicly stated that climate change is not the White House's main environmental priority.

EPA rolls back coal rule despite climate change warnings

The Trump administration will reverse an Obama-era coal emissions rule as part of its effort to loosen restrictions on the coal industry, just days after a US government report warned that aggressive action is needed to curb greenhouse gases and ease the impact of global warming.

Scientist: EPA changes are an effort to 'gut rules' that protect public

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has appointed five new members of an independent committee that provides advice to the EPA on national air quality standards, replacing the current members, while reducing the amount of support it gets from other scientists, according to an agency statement and emails obtained by CNN.

EPA revises Obama-era coal ash regulations

As one of his first major acts as acting director of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler signed and finalized new standards overseeing coal ash, the leftover waste created by power plants that burn coal. The new rules are a revision of 2015 regulations that were put into place by the Obama administration after two significant industrial coal ash spills.