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Trump tells 'confidants' U.S. will leave Paris climate deal - Axios

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has told "confidants," including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge.

Lamborn says EPA may reconsider Colorado storm water suit

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to drop a lawsuit against Colorado Springs over contaminated runoff that affects Pueblo County and downstream agriculture. The Denver … Click to Continue »

Former Obama EPA Official Now Lobbying for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

This is a guest post by Derek Seidman and originally appeared on A new disclosure by Dominion shows that a long-time employee for the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) is now lobbying for the controversial Atlantic...Show More Summary

Pakistani security forces harass journalist, despite court order

New York, May 26, 2017--Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency should stop harassing Taha Siddiqui, Pakistan bureau chief for World Is One News, a New Delhi-based news website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officials from the FIA last night delivered a summons ordering the journalist to appear today for...

The FBI illegally shared collected data on Americans with third parties

When the FBI obtains data on US citizens, oftentimes from the NSA, the agency is obligated to abide by some pretty strict protections when it comes to who gets to see that intelligence. The rules are in place for obvious reasons, including preventing private parties and even foreign governments from essentially spying on Americans by proxy. Show More Summary

Oklahoma House sends $6.8 billion spending plan to governor

The Oklahoma House has passed a $6.8 billion spending plan that protects the budgets of about 15 state agencies but cuts many others by about 5 percent. It now heads … Click to Continue »

Ending Obama EPA's Ban on Alaska's Pebble Mine Is Right for American Energy

Ned Mamula, Catrina Rorke The Environmental Protection Agency is again drawing the ire of environmentalists, this time by lifting an Obama-era ban on development of Alaska’s Pebble Mine. It’s part of a dramatic pivot driven by the Trump administration, with rule changes, proposals and executive orders all intended to realign U.S. Show More Summary

U.S. EPA moves to postpone steam electric power plant effluent rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it proposed a rule on Thursday to postpone compliance dates for effluent guidelines for steam electric power plants published in November 2015.

Border agents have illegally turned away asylum seekers, new report claims

According to a new report from Human Rights First, agents from  Customs and Border Protection—an agency riddled with so much corruption that DHS last year said it constituted “ a national security threat”—have been “ turning away foreign...Show More Summary

OMSA: Jones Act Decision is Not Only Disappointing – It is Alarming

Note: Below is editorial by the Offshore Marine Service Association in response to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency’s recent decision to withdraw its proposal to modify and revoke letter rulings related to the enforcement of the Jones Act, allowing certain foreign-flagged vessels to continue working in U.S. Show More Summary

An attempt to repeal and replace the Clean Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally began the process to withdraw the Clean Water Rule, as prescribed by executive order. Meetings among the EPA, governors, and other state and local environmental regulators have begun. The issuance of a draft rule of repeal is only the first phase to withdraw and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Show More Summary

DeVos Refuses to Commit to Basic Civil Rights Protections in School Choice Program

Earlier today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and refused to stand up for LGBTQ students. The hearing focused...Show More Summary

House approves bill seeking to upend EPA pesticide rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a Republican-backed measure reversing an Environmental Protection Agency requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit. Most Democrats opposed the bill, which they derided as a political favor to the chemical industry.

West Virginia reorganizing state's cyber security effort

Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management to take steps to protect personally identifiable information collected and kept by state agencies, including health … Click to Continue »

FISA Court Finds "Serious Fourth Amendment Issue" In Obama's "Widespread" Illegal Searches Of American Citizens

A newly released court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) found that the National Security Agency, under former President Obama, routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas...Show More Summary

Trump budget proposes 31% cut to EPA funding

President Donald Trump is still trying to take a swing at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The White House's most recent budget proposal, released yesterday, would cut money for environmental cleanup, clean air, and water programs. And thousands of people could lose their jobs as the number of full-time employees drops from 15,416 to 11,611.[...]

Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years

The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, … Continued

Trump’s 2018 Budget Would Whack EPA and DOE. Will it See the Light of Day?

The Trump administration proposes to cut the funding for the Environmental Protection Agency more than 31% in the 2018 budget. The odds? The post Trump’s 2018 Budget Would Whack EPA and DOE. Will it See the Light of Day? appeared first on Environmental Leader.

States Are Taking Note of Nuclear Energy's Carbon Free Benefits

As a former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, I care deeply that progress continue to be made in the fight against climate change – and policymakers in states across the country are stepping up to do just that. Show More Summary

There's Finally a Dollar Amount Attached to How Much Trump Hates the EPA

President Donald Trump reserves a special level of antipathy for the Environmental Protection Agency. He campaigned on eliminating the EPA "in almost every form," and his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, declared that its climate change...Show More Summary

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