Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Watchdog: EPA should recoup travel money from Pruitt, guards

May. 16, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog urged the agency on Thursday to look into recovering $124,000 in premium travel charges for former EPA head Scott Pruitt and his bodyguards. The EPA's inspector general rejected Pruitt's claims that security concerns warranted the...

New Wisconsin attorney general shifts agency's priorities

May. 10, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's new Democratic attorney general has used his first four months in office to shift the state Department of Justice to a more liberal footing, pleasing supporters by nullifying his Republican predecessor's attempts to kill federal health care reforms and limit environmental...

California to ban pesticide it says hurts babies' brains

May. 8, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's most productive agricultural state moved Wednesday to ban a controversial pesticide widely used to control a range of insects but blamed for harming brain development in babies. The move cheered by environmentalists would outlaw chlorpyrifos after scientists deemed it a...

EPA reaffirms glyphosate safe for users as court cases grow

Apr. 30, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reaffirmed Tuesday that a popular weed killer is safe for people, as legal claims mount from Americans who blame the herbicide for their cancer. The EPA's draft conclusion Tuesday came in a periodic review of glyphosate, the active ingredient in...

Tests show high levels of coral-harming chemical in Hawaii

Apr. 28, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Officials have found high levels of a chemical commonly used in sunscreen that is believed to harm coral reefs in bay waters off Hawaii's Big Island. The Kahaluu Bay Education Center commissioned the testing for oxybenzone at five sites in the bay on the island's west side last...

Donations, pigs part of Las Vegas' efforts to cut food waste

Apr. 28, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — At a farm outside Las Vegas, a herd of pigs feasts on lobster, sausage links and beef. In town, people at a community center sit for a dinner that may include sliders and truffle mac and cheese. The two meals have something in common: Both came from the kitchens of Sin City's opulent...

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...

Ex-EPA chief Pruitt's Indiana lobbying bid has likely failed

Apr. 23, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has likely failed in his efforts to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants in Indiana. Pruitt registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana last week for the parent company of Terre Haute-based mining company...

Court: EPA has 90 days to justify use of dangerous pesticide

Apr. 19, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has given the Environmental Protection Agency 90 days to justify why a widely used but dangerous pesticide should stay on the market. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued the order at the request of a coalition of farmworker and environmental...

Judge says US government can be sued for Flint water crisis

Apr. 19, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge says the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city's water crisis. Federal Judge Linda Parker didn't determine whether EPA employees were negligent when Flint's water system...