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The White House’s top official on environmental justice is stepping down a year after President Joe Biden took office with an ambitious plan to help disadvantaged communities and overhaul policies that have historically hurt them.
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The rule, which was backed by both the natural gas and freight rail industries, had already been on hold because several environmental groups and 14 states filed lawsuits challenging it.
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The Environmental Protection Agency said it was suspending a regulatory rewrite completed by the Trump administration in December.
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Employment data shows more than 670 science jobs lost at the EPA, 150 at the U.S. Geological Survey and 231 at the Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Changes to the nationwide permits for dredging and filling waterways will expose more stretches of small streams to development.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service changed part of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which has protected birds for more than 100 years.
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By narrowing or repealing federal rules, the Trump administration has prioritized big business and reduced pollution protection for waterways.
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The Trump administration is seeking to fast-track mining projects and could offer grants and loans to help companies pay for equipment.
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When the EPA’s administrator was in Michigan and Wisconsin last month, he described the administration as a friend of an initiative to clean up the Great Lakes.