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Cory Booker offers plan to address environmental inequality

Apr. 26, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker on Friday said that it's time to overhaul environmental policies that he sees as unfairly disadvantaging minority and impoverished communities. Calling environmental inequality one of today's civil rights battles, the New Jersey senator...

Honeywell to clean up chemical pollution in North Carolina

Apr. 19, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say they've reached a proposed settlement with two companies for the cleanup of a former chemical plant near the Cape Fear River. The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Thursday that the settlement was reached with...

Report: More possible graves at shuttered reform school

Apr. 11, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A report says a company doing pollution cleanup at a shuttered Florida reform school may have found more graves of the nearly 100 boys estimated to have died there. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Geosyntec told the Florida Department of Environmental Protection last month that a...

EPA won't make GE restart Hudson dredging for now

Apr. 11, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency declined for now to make General Electric restart dredging in the Hudson River, triggering a wave of condemnation Thursday from New York officials and environmentalists who say contaminant levels from its industrial pollution remain too high. The EPA...

The Latest: Cuomo slams environment agency on Hudson cleanup

Apr. 11, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to hold General Electric accountable for cleaning...

EPA aims to remove polluted soil from 167 East Chicago homes

Apr. 8, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to excavate soil tainted with lead and arsenic from around more than 160 homes in East Chicago, in a push the agency says could complete exterior residential cleanups this year in the northwest Indiana city. The EPA intends to...

Trump backtracks on call to gut $300M Great Lakes program

Mar. 29, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump tried repeatedly to gut funding for a wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup, only to be stymied by Congress. Suddenly, he did an about-face. It happened Thursday during a campaign-style speech in the battleground state of Michigan. For years, the program the...

EPA: No known toxic releases at flooded Superfund sites

Mar. 28, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

MEAD, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the Midwest temporarily cut off a Superfund site in Nebraska that stores radioactive waste and explosives, inundated another one storing toxic chemical waste in Missouri, and limited access to others, according to federal regulators. The Environmental Protection Agency on...

The Latest: EPA assessing Superfund sites in flooded areas

Mar. 26, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on flooding throughout the Midwest (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is assessing two Superfund sites located in areas that have seen overwhelming floods in recent weeks. The EPA identified the Superfund sites as the Nebraska...

The Latest: Official: Probe of fire at facility to take time

Mar. 25, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on fire damage at a petrochemical storage facility that led to a partial closure of the Houston Ship Channel (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Officials say they continue investigating the cause of a fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility but have still not been able to...