Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

EPA preparing plan to help fix Jackson's water system

Sep. 26, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — The federal government wants to work with officials in Mississippi's capital city to reach a legal agreement that ensures Jackson can sustain its water system in the future, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan said Monday. Federal...

Civil rights law targets 'cancer alley' discrimination

Sep. 26, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

RESERVE, La. (AP) — Sprawling industrial complexes line the drive east along the Mississippi River to the majority-Black town of Reserve, Louisiana. In the last seven miles the road passes a massive, rust-colored aluminum-oxide refinery, then the Evonik chemical plant, then rows of white tanks at...

Biden administration launches environmental justice office

Sep. 24, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

WARRENTON, N.C. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s top environment official visited what is widely considered the birthplace of the environmental justice movement Saturday to unveil a national office that will distribute $3 billion in block grants to underserved communities burdened by pollution. ...

Northern Colorado air quality downgraded by EPA

Sep. 16, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

Stricter air quality regulations are coming for northern Colorado businesses after the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday downgraded the area to a category for “severe” violators of ozone standards. Drivers may have to be pay higher gas prices too. That's...

Racism seen as root of water crisis in Mississippi capital

Sep. 16, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Carey Wooten spent nearly seven weeks hunting for safe drinking water for herself, her two children and three dogs after clocking out each day as a Taco Bell manager, so Gov. Tate Reeves' announcement that the water is clean again in Mississippi's capital came as welcome...

Louisiana judge tosses permits for $9.4B plastics complex

Sep. 15, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge has thrown out air quality permits for a Taiwanese company’s planned $9.4 billion plastics complex between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, a rare win for environmentalists in a heavily industrialized stretch of the Mississippi River often referred to as...

Agency OKs nearly $190M in bids from offshore oil lease sale

Sep. 14, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration accepted nearly $190 million Wednesday in bids from an offshore oil and gas lease sale that was held nearly a year ago but rejected by a federal judge. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's action was required by the climate bill that...

EPA inspector general probes Mississippi capital water woes

Sep. 13, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An independent watchdog in the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it's being brought in to investigate the troubled water system in Mississippi's capital city. Emergency repairs are underway after problems at Jackson's main water treatment plant...

EPA loses key ruling as Flint residents pursue water claims

Sep. 10, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from appealing a key ruling in a long-running lawsuit claiming negligence by the federal government in Flint's lead-contaminated water in 2014-15. U.S. District Judge Judith Levy ruled in 2020 that Flint residents...

Watchdog: Chemical safety agency impeded by staff shortage

Sep. 09, 2022 15:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that investigates chemical accidents is hindered by a lack of staffing, leadership disputes and a backlog of investigations that threaten its ability to protect people and the environment, according to a new report by a federal watchdog. The...