Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Oregon officials criticized for pesticides killing pines

Jun. 22, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental advocates are calling out the Oregon Department of Transportation and its contractors for applying a weedkiller along a highway in Sisters that unintentionally killed hundreds of ponderosa pine trees. Environmentalists argued that the various groups involved in the project...

Federal study: Chemicals toxic at levels EPA thought safe

Jun. 22, 2018 12:05 PM EDT

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The chemicals used by a West Virginia factory to make non-stick products are dangerous at levels the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had thought were safe, according to a federal study that had been previously blocked from publication. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances...

GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

Jun. 20, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator who had expressed concerns about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mounted an outspoken defense of him Wednesday after a face-to-face meeting, calling ethics allegations against Pruitt "outrageous lies." Sen. Jim Inhofe, from Pruitt's home state of...

Report finds industrial chemicals more toxic than thought

Jun. 20, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than once realized, according to a government report released Wednesday. The chemicals are...

EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state for 1st time

Jun. 18, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought. Coal ash is the residue left after burning coal to generate power. Utilities around the...

Records: Trump Tower failed to follow fish protection rules

Jun. 18, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago is one of the largest users of water from the Chicago River, but records show it has never followed state rules governing the protection of the river's fish. State records indicate that the skyscraper siphons nearly 20 million gallons (76...

The Latest: Ethics office seeks expanded probe of EPA chief

Jun. 15, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ethics allegations surrounding Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The federal government's top ethics officer is asking for an expanded investigation of Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt to address recent...

Trump's move to redefine water rule threatens wetlands banks

Jun. 15, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A private firm is making big money selling promises about some gator-infested Florida swampland. The Panther Island Mitigation Bank isn't another land boondoggle, but part of a federal system designed to restore wetlands across the United States. Panther Island's owners preserved...

Trump praises EPA chief's work but stresses 'I'm not happy'

Jun. 15, 2018 11:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is praising Scott Pruitt's work as head of the Environmental Protection Agency — but stressing his concerns as well. Trump told reporters Friday that Pruitt was doing a "fantastic job running the EPA, which is very overriding." But Trump went on to say three...

Farmers in Trump country protest Pruitt's ethanol policies

Jun. 15, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Deep in the heart of Trump country, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests by farmers and ethanol producers concerned that he is undermining the industry with his strong support of oil and gas. Their unhappiness is being broadcast on billboards, at...