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  • This Sept. 21, 2017 file photo shows the Environmental Protection Agency building in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
    EPA says Superfund Task Force left behind little paper trail

    The Environmental Protection Agency says an internal task force appointed to revamp how the nation’s most polluted sites are cleaned up generated no record of its deliberations.

  • In this June 2, 2017 file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt looks back after speaking to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
    EPA chief sweeps office for bugs, installs high-tech locks

    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency used public money to have his office swept for hidden listening devices and bought sophisticated biometric locks for additional security.

  • Michael Dourson withdrew his name on Dec. 14 from consideration for head of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. (Senate Environment and Public Works Committee)
    EPA mum on whether failed Trump nominee is still on the job

    Michael L. Dourson withdrew his nomination Wednesday to serve as head of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention amid bipartisan opposition in the Senate.

  • In this June 2, 2017, file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
    EPA chief defends spending on travel, soundproof booth

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday defended his frequent taxpayer-funded travel and his purchase of a custom soundproof communications booth for his office, saying both were justified.

  • Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members

    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more diverse views.

  • In this Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, Whitefish Energy Holdings workers restore power lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. (Ramon Espinosa/AP)
    Trump administration disavows Puerto Rico power contract under investigation

    The Trump administration said Friday it had no involvement in the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico’s power grid to a tiny Montana company in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown.

  • U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Trump EPA nominees on hold amid dispute over biofuel mandate

    A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump’s nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency amid opposition to the administration’s proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel.