Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Idaho, environmental group settle mine pollution lawsuit

Oct. 19, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group and Idaho officials have reached a tentative settlement over toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near one of the world's top ski destinations. The Idaho Conservation League in federal court documents made public Thursday agreed...

EPA puts off final say on science transparency rule

Oct. 17, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it is putting off for at least a year any final announcement on a controversial proposal overhauling how the agency evaluates science. The agency's so-called transparency in regulatory science rule was one of the most contentious proposed...

In boon for farmers, Trump lifts restrictions on ethanol

Oct. 9, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump announced he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of...

Justices reject appeal of Kavanaugh environmental ruling

Oct. 9, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to review an environmental ruling written by Brett Kavanaugh in his former role as an appeals court judge. The justices on Tuesday left in place an August 2017 ruling the new Supreme Court justice wrote that struck down an Obama-era Environmental Protection...

Trump to allow year-round sales of high-ethanol gasoline

Oct. 8, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer...

Correction: EPA-Radiation Rollback story

Oct. 3, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an early version of a story Oct. 2 about EPA regulation of radiation, The Associated Press reported erroneously in a headline that EPA says a little radiation may be good for you. As the story made clear, that assessment came from scientific outliers, including one quoted by EPA in a...

Proposed rule change worries some about radiation regulation

Oct. 3, 2018 4:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The EPA is pursuing rule changes that experts say would weaken the way radiation exposure is regulated, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight. The government's current, decades-old guidance...

Toxic site near MetLife Stadium gets $332M cleanup plan

Oct. 2, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) — A polluted creek near MetLife Stadium and the Meadowlands sports complex that has some of the highest recorded mercury levels of any freshwater ecosystem in the country is moving ahead with a $332 million cleanup plan, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. Officials...

EPA announces cleanup plan for troubled Missouri landfill

Sep. 27, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some of the illegally dumped nuclear waste buried near a long-smoldering underground fire at a Missouri landfill will be dug up and the rest will be capped under a federal plan announced Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's remedy comes a decade after its initial...

Automakers seek flexibility at hearing on mileage standards

Sep. 25, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Automakers sought flexibility while environmental groups blasted the Trump administration's proposal to roll back fuel economy standards at a public hearing on the plan in the industry's backyard. At the hearing Tuesday in Dearborn, Michigan, home to Ford Motor Co. and just miles...