Pollution

Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Obama-era plan required mining companies to prove they can pay for remediation.
Montana’s rough, fiery summer
Montana’s rough, fiery summer
This year’s wildfires were a public health nightmare.
Interior Department’s return to the ‘Robber Baron’ years
Interior Department’s return to the ‘Robber Baron’ years
Secretary Ryan Zinke will be known better for cynicism than conservationism.
In California, a bipartisan win for cap and trade
In California, a bipartisan win for cap and trade
The state Legislature extends groundbreaking climate legislation.
Denver neighborhoods sue over highway expansion
Denver neighborhoods sue over highway expansion
Residents say the $1.2 billion project would increase pollution and health problems.
Democrats can’t block even controversial judicial nominees
Democrats can’t block even controversial judicial nominees
Trump has an opportunity to reshape the judiciary branch for a generation.
Why 1 million Californians lack safe drinking water
Why 1 million Californians lack safe drinking water
Rural, cash-strapped communities don’t have the means to treat contaminated water.
Court rejects temporary block to the methane rule
Court rejects temporary block to the methane rule
The ruling snarls Trump’s directive to rollback environmental regulations.
Clean water repeal moves forward
Clean water repeal moves forward
The public can now weigh in on the Trump administration’s regulatory rollback.
EPA staffers weigh in on the damage of Trump’s team
EPA staffers weigh in on the damage of Trump’s team
Veterans of the agency say the shake-up is unlike anything they’ve seen before.
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
Different interests must align for a successful restoration.
See the bay ‘where water is gold’
See the bay ‘where water is gold’
Photos by Carl Johnson illustrate the cost of building the Pebble Mine in Alaska.
Trump wants to cut the EPA’s Superfund by 25 percent
Trump wants to cut the EPA’s Superfund by 25 percent
The budget proposal contradicts Administrator Scott Pruitt’s vow to prioritize the program.
Where Trump has weakened public and scientific input
Where Trump has weakened public and scientific input
Suspended advisory boards and dismissed scientists hamper policy-making.
Fatal Colorado home explosion reignites drilling safety debate
Fatal Colorado home explosion reignites drilling safety debate
Have regulators done enough to protect public safety?
How stargazing connects us
How stargazing connects us
And how growing light pollution threatens that connection.
What is owed to a damaged river?
What is owed to a damaged river?
A new book illustrates the Duwamish’s difficult path to recovery.
100 days: Inside the agency Trump aims to dismantle
100 days: Inside the agency Trump aims to dismantle
A look back at the first 100 days of the Environmental Protection Agency.
100 days: President Trump’s impact on the environment
100 days: President Trump’s impact on the environment
Six decisions likely to have effects for decades.
100 days: Pollution threatens marginalized communities
100 days: Pollution threatens marginalized communities
Environmental justice concerns may not get the attention they deserve.
California isn’t accounting for this major emitter
California isn’t accounting for this major emitter
Even though large reservoirs emit methane, the state doesn’t off-set their impact.
What the West was like before the EPA
What the West was like before the EPA
The agency’s legacy isn’t perfect, but the region’s air and water are cleaner now than they once were.
Nogales has a sewage problem
Nogales has a sewage problem
In the borderlands, members of Congress work to resolve wastewater woes.