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EPA Ends Media Research Deal With GOP-Tied Firm Amid Complaints Whitehouse: ‘Powerful odor’ surrounds contract

Dec 21, 2017...A $120,000 no-bid contract the EPA awarded to a Republican-affiliated group to provide media monitoring services has been terminated after reports it was seeking emails of agency employees.

EPA Moves to Repeal Climate Rule; Lawsuits to Follow With Clean Power Plan on the chopping block, environmental groups gear up to sue

Oct 11, 2017...The EPA’s move on Tuesday to undo the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule will almost certainly trigger an onslaught of lawsuits from environmental groups and many blue states that have been bracing for that action since President Donald Trump took office.

EPA Continues to Get a GOP Beating in Interior-Environment Bill Calls for massive reductions rebuffed, but criticism continues

Sep 11, 2017...Although Republicans appeared to have rejected the White House’s call for sharp cuts to the EPA, their disdain for the agency has reappeared as the House debated amendments to the often contentious Interior-Environment spending bill on the House floor last week.

EPA Inhofe Alumni Group Closer to Expanding

Jul 12, 2017...President Donald Trump’s nominations for an assistant EPA administrator and two members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were advanced Wednesday by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

House Passes Delay for EPA's Obama-era Ozone Standards

Jul 18, 2017...The House on Tuesday passed, 229-199, a bill to delay the compliance date for Obama-era ground level ozone standards.

EPA Budget Cuts Won't Fly, House Appropriators Tell Pruitt

Jun 16, 2017...EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s defense of the administration’s proposal to his agency’s budget by 30 percent are falling short with House appropriators, who are making clear that they’ll toss it aside when they write their Interior-Environment spending bill.

Holds on Energy and Environment Nominees Pile Up — Again Procedural roadblocks reflect concerns about Trump administration policies

Jan 22, 2018...A series of energy- and environment-related nominees are stuck in limbo as procedural roadblocks, or “holds,” pile up over concerns by Republican and Democratic lawmakers about policy implementations by the Trump administration.

EPA Sets Aside $12 Million for Employee Buyouts in FY 2017 Democrats have criticized plans for deep cuts to the agency

May 22, 2017...The EPA is setting aside $12 million of its fiscal 2017 budget allocation for a previously announced plan to offer employee buyouts and incentives for early retirements as part of a Trump administration effort to cut the agency’s workforce, according to a memo from its chief financial officer, David A. Bloom.

Gaetz's Bill to Abolish EPA Gets Little Traction Environmental activists more concerned about the agency’s nominee for director

Feb 15, 2017...Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz’s bill to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency is not getting much traction in either party.