"US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has cleared one potential obstacle to President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall, ruling Tuesday that the administration has the authority to waive a host of environmental laws and other regulations to begin construction."
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"A proposal to cut the federal government's take from deepwater oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico is making its way towards Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's desk."
"A federal judge today [Monday] dismissed a lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive order requiring agencies to scrap two regulations for every new one created."
"The Environmental Protection Agency has experienced a huge surge in open records lawsuits since President Donald Trump took office, an analysis of data reviewed by POLITICO shows — a trend that comes amid mounting criticism of EPA's secrecy about Administrator Scott Pruitt’s travels, meetings and policy decisions."
"A federal environmental program that distributes grants to test the effects of chemical exposure on adults and children is being shuttered amidst a major organization consolidation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."
"In the backdrop of a chaotic first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, the conservative Koch brothers have won victory after victory in their bid to reshape American government to their interests."
"Supporters and opponents of the Interior Department's draft five-year plan for offshore energy development yesterday filtered into a hotel meeting room in the northeast quadrant of the nation's capital."
"Jeff Sands, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's senior agricultural adviser and a former pesticide lobbyist, received a limited waiver from President Trump's ethics pledge."
"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has redrawn his ambitious plan for reorganizing the Interior Department after the agency received numerous complaints from Western leaders and members of Congress that splitting up states into multiple regions would cause more harm than good."