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EPA designates 2 forever chemicals as hazardous substances, eligible for Superfund cleanup

Apr. 19, 2024 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday designated two forever chemicals that have been used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances, an action intended to ensure quicker cleanup of the toxic compounds and require industries and others...

Earth Day: How a senator's idea more than 50 years ago got people fighting for their planet

Apr. 17, 2024 09:32 AM EDT

Millions of people around the world will pause on Monday, at least for a moment, to mark Earth Day. It's an annual event founded by people who hoped to stir activism to clean up and preserve a planet that is now home to some 8 billion humans and assorted trillions of other organisms. ...

Greece plans 2 marine protected areas. But rival Turkey and environmental groups aren't impressed

Apr. 16, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece aims to create two large marine parks as part of a 780-million-euro ($830 million) program to protect biodiversity and marine ecosystems that includes banning bottom trawling and tackling plastic and microplastic pollution, the prime minister announced during an...

Maine sues biochemical giant over contamination from PCB-tainted products

Apr. 12, 2024 18:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is suing biochemical giant Monsanto for allegedly knowingly selling products containing harmful chemicals that have contributed to contamination in the state. The latest lawsuit targeting the company over the manufacture and sale of products with...

Environmentalists protest as Biden administration approves huge oil export terminal off Texas coast

Apr. 11, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that environmentalists called a betrayal, the Biden administration has approved the construction of a deepwater oil export terminal off the Texas coast that would be the largest of its kind in the United States. The Sea Port Oil Terminal being developed...

Court upholds California's authority to set nation-leading vehicle emission rules

Apr. 09, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California can continue to set its own nation-leading vehicle emissions standards, a federal court ruled Tuesday — two years after the Biden administration restored the state’s authority to do so as part of its efforts to reverse Trump-era environmental rollbacks. ...

Evers vetoes a Republican-backed bill targeting PFAS chemicals

Apr. 09, 2024 16:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a Republican bill Tuesday that would have created grants to fight pollution from “forever chemicals” and took the unusual step of calling the GOP-controlled budget committee into meeting to approve spending $125 million to deal with...

New EPA rule says 218 US chemical plants must reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer

Apr. 09, 2024 15:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 chemical plants nationwide will be required to reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer under a new rule issued Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule advances President Joe Biden’s commitment to environmental justice by delivering...

A Dubai company’s staggering land deals in Africa raise fears about risks to Indigenous livelihoods

Apr. 07, 2024 03:06 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Matthew Walley's eyes sweep over the large forest that has sustained his Indigenous community in Liberia for generations. Even as the morning sun casts a golden hue over the canopy, a sense of unease lingers. Their use of the land is being threatened, and they have organized...

Amid legal challenges, SEC pauses its climate rule

Apr. 05, 2024 13:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is pausing the implementation of its new climate disclosure rule while it defends the regulation in court. Wall Street's top regulator voted in March on the final rule, which requires some public companies in the U.S....