So a lobbyist for the National Pork Producers Council shot an email to EPA's top political staffer, Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson. The reply likely inspired relief.
"What can we do to help?" Jackson asked.
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CORBIN HIAR covers environmental health and EPA. His reporting for E&E News has been honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Press Club and the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. A former fellow of the National Press Foundation's Paul Miller program and the University of Rhode Island's Metcalf Institute, he previously reported on the environment at the Center for Public Integrity and what is now known as S&P Global Market Intelligence. His work has also been published by Science magazine, The Economist and many other outlets.
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EPA has settled a hazardous waste case with a well-connected California fuel-cell company for about one-fifth of what the agency had been seeking.
Ryan Jackson, one of the Trump EPA's most powerful players behind the scenes, is leaving the agency to join a prominent mining trade group. The chief of staff for two EPA administrators was considered heavily tied to former EPA chief Scott Pruitt's ethics troubles and had a heavy hand in environmental enforcement issues.
In July 2013, EPA inspectors found an oil and gas well pad on an Ohio Boy Scout camp was leaking air pollution that could worsen climate change and cause lung damage.
A Silicon Valley clean energy company facing penalties in Delaware is also under investigation by EPA for its handling of potentially hazardous waste.
TRAINER, Pa. — EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler yesterday touted the Trump administration's environmental record at an oil refinery that has paid over $650,000 in fines due to alleged air pollution violations.
Top EPA officials, including former Administrator Scott Pruitt and outgoing air chief Bill Wehrum, were involved in efforts to revive the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery that went bankrupt last year and is now shutting down after a fiery explosion last week.
Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and high-ranking aides held several off-the-books meetings with an electric utility company that EPA has for years accused of violating the Clean Air Act, according to agency documents that critics say provide an extraordinary glimpse at the way environmental enforcement can be deferred by industry players with direct access to political leaders.