"Six Democratic U.S. senators have asked billionaire investor Carl Icahn and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to explain how an Icahn-owned refinery secured a valuable EPA exemption from the nation’s biofuels law."
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- Source: Reuters, 05/09/2018
"Democrats and Republicans in the Senate reached an agreement on a biennial water resources bill that largely shuns the proposals that President Donald Trump put forth in his $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal."Source: Bloomberg, 05/09/2018
"A new trove of documents sheds light on one of the most controversial proposals of Scott Pruitt’s first year as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: the plan to stage public debates on the veracity of climate change, an idea that was ultimately blocked by the White House."Source: NY Times, 05/09/2018
"State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won the West Virginia GOP Senate primary on Tuesday, avoiding a nightmare scenario for Republicans, who feared that former coal magnate Don Blankenship would capture the party's nomination in a race that could determine which party controls the Senate next year."Source: Politico, 05/09/2018
"New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's abrupt resignation is unlikely to affect his state's legal war against the Trump administration's regulatory rollbacks."Source: Greenwire, 05/09/2018
"Dawn Winters never had trouble breathing before she moved to Pittsburgh's Bellevue neighborhood in 2014, but within a year her doctor diagnosed her with asthma and prescribed a daily medication to keep her airways open."Source: EHN, 05/09/2018
"EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met today with the families of three men who were killed by a paint-stripping chemical that the Obama administration sought to ban from commercial use."Source: Greenwire, 05/09/2018
"One of the nation’s main automaker lobbying groups opposes the Trump administration’s proposal to stop increasing federal fuel efficiency standards."Source: The Hill, 05/09/2018
"More than half of voters oppose proposed plans by the Trump administration to expand oil and gas drilling off coastal states, according to a poll out Tuesday."Source: The Hill, 05/09/2018
"A virus known to affect farmed Atlantic salmon may cause jaundice and anemia in Chinook salmon, according to research released today by the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI)."Source: The Tyee, 05/09/2018
"It was supposed to be a town hall meeting where Iowa ranchers could ask questions directly of Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. But when the agency learned that anyone would be free to ask anything, they decided to script the questions themselves."
"The Environmental Protection Agency had a total of 33 threat investigations underway as of mid-March — 10 of them involving Scott Pruitt from the last six months — a security assessment released Monday shows, offering the most detailed tally yet of threats against the agency’s top official."
"Urbanization is on the rise; so is the urban heat island effect—a situation that is worsening with the decline of tree cover in U.S. metropolitan areas"Source: Scientific American, 05/08/2018
"EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt placed a polluted California area on his personal priority list of Superfund sites targeted for 'immediate and intense' action after conservative radio and television host Hugh Hewitt brokered a meeting between him and lawyers for the water district that was seeking federal help to clean up the polluted Orange County site."Source: Politico, 05/08/2018
"Senior White House staff members are encouraging President Trump to fire Scott Pruitt, his embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief, according to two top administration officials. While Mr. Trump has until now championed Mr. Pruitt, the officials say the president’s enthusiasm may be cooling because of the ongoing cascade of alleged ethical and legal missteps."