Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

US launches process to set Idaho mercury pollution standards

Aug. 11, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is developing proposed aquatic life water quality standards for mercury pollution in Idaho that could have statewide ramifications. The agency on Wednesday made public a proposed remedy resulting from a federal court’s...

Pressure mounts to fix water issues in Mississippi capital

Aug. 09, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A business group and one of Mississippi's largest unions have issued separate statements urging renewed action to address Jackson's “water crisis.” In a Monday joint letter and news conference, 46 business owners in the capital city said back-to-back...

Meeting set to discuss Memphis medical sterilizing plant

Aug. 05, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to host a community meeting to discuss a medical equipment sterilizing plant in Memphis that used a chemical whose emissions could cause health risks, health officials said. The EPA said Wednesday that 23...

EPA announces flights to look for methane in Permian Basin

Aug. 03, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it will conduct helicopter overflights to look for methane “super emitters” in the nation's largest oil and gas producing region. EPA's Region 6 headquarters in Dallas, Texas, issued a news release about a new...

EPA: Chemical in medical-device cleanser poses cancer risk

Aug. 03, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is warning residents who live near medical sterilizing plants in 13 states and Puerto Rico about potential health risks from emissions of ethylene oxide, a chemical widely used in their operations. Laredo, Texas; Ardmore,...

In towns plagued by raw sewage, EPA promises relief

Aug. 02, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — When there's heavy rain, human waste from the pond of sewage across the street from Charlie Mae Holcomb’s home covers her front yard in rural Alabama. She can’t remember how many times she’s had to rip the flooring out of her small brick house because raw sewage...

Hidden Menace: Massive methane leaks speed up climate change

Jul. 28, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

LENORAH, Texas (AP) — To the naked eye, the Mako Compressor Station outside the dusty West Texas crossroads of Lenorah appears unremarkable, similar to tens of thousands of oil and gas operations scattered throughout the oil-rich Permian Basin. What’s not visible through the...

Union Pacific to spend $1B to upgrade 600 older locomotives

Jul. 26, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific will spend more than $1 billion to upgrade 600 of its old diesel locomotives over the next three years and make them more efficient, but regulators still want it to do more to cut pollution from its engines. The move will accelerate the pace of...

EPA head to visit Puerto Rico on environmental justice tour

Jul. 25, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Norma Quiñones spent four years without running water after Hurricane Maria destroyed the well that she and dozens of neighbors depend on in their community deep in the mountains of western Puerto Rico. Last Christmas, crews installed a new well, but...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 21, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Auburn Citizen. July 20, 2022. Editorial: Stop delaying New York farm overtime decision One of the toughest conditions for any industry is uncertainty. Business leaders and employees struggle to plan when there are too many unknowns, or even a singular big unknown. ...