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Ethics body questions ex-EPA chief's $50-a-night condo deal

Mar. 26, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding released...

Environmental, economic damage a concern now that fire out

Mar. 25, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Businesses and residents expressed concern Monday about the environmental and economic fallout from a fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage farm that sent huge plumes into the air for days and prompted the partial closure of one of the busiest commercial waterways in the U.S....

Groups: EPA has dragged heels on oil dispersant rules

Mar. 25, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana say the Environmental Protection Agency has dragged its heels on issuing rules for oil spill dispersants, and they're ready to sue to demand them. They say dispersants such as Corexit, used during the Exxon Valdez and BP oil...

Cleanup of Texas chemical plant hamstrung by new fire, spill

Mar. 22, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The efforts to clean up a Texas industrial plant that burned for several days this week were hamstrung Friday by a briefly reignited fire and a breach that led to chemicals spilling into the nearby Houston Ship Channel. The Texas attorney general also filed a lawsuit against Intercontinental...

Residents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Mar. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths on Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside because of dangerous fumes coming from burned-out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away. For the second...

The Latest: Classes canceled at more schools near tank fires

Mar. 21, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local): 10 p.m. Two more Houston-area school districts near a burning petrochemical tank farm have called off classes. The Galena Park and Sheldon school districts joined the Deer Park and La...

The Latest: Fire at Texas storage facility briefly flares up

Mar. 20, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Officials say a fire that was extinguished after burning for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility briefly flared up. The blaze in Deer Park had been...

EPA argues for shifting focus from climate change to water

Mar. 20, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world's most immediate public health issue, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday. Environmental groups responded by saying the Trump administration was neglecting — or worsening —...

Army bill for public records on contaminant: About $300,000

Mar. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army has put a price tag on releasing the results of water tests for a dangerous contaminant at military installations: nearly $300,000. In a March 12 letter, the Army told the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy group, that the military would charge the group $290,400 to...

Is your kitchen-sink disposal environmentally friendly?

Mar. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

If you're trying to be more eco-friendly at home, should you use your kitchen garbage disposal? It depends. "Keep in mind that when food is added to the wastewater system, it must be further treated," says Maggie Sauerhage, a spokeswoman for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. She suggests learning about...