Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

The Latest: EPA chief eases rules on coal-fired power plants

Jun. 19, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an environmental rule covering coal-fired power plants (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The Trump administration has ordered a sweeping about-face on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants. Environmental Protection Agency chief...

Amid urgent climate warnings, EPA gives coal a reprieve

Jun. 19, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scientists' increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration ordered a sweeping about-face Wednesday on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicted would revitalize America's sagging coal industry. As miners...

Leaked email raises new questions about PolyMet water permit

Jun. 19, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A leaked email shows that a senior official sought to keep the public from knowing federal Environmental Protection Agency staffers' concerns about the pollution risks of a planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, critics of the project contend. In a March 2018 email...

US air quality is slipping after years of improvement

Jun. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

After decades of improvement, America's air may not be getting any cleaner. Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows. While it remains unclear whether this is the beginning of a trend, health experts say it's troubling to see air quality...

'Burning river' loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire

Jun. 18, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River's most infamous fire helped spawn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, artists and entrepreneurs have turned old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of Cleveland pride. "Everybody knows Cuyahoga County for...

Newly released documents detail EPA's concerns over PolyMet

Jun. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Documents that the federal Environmental Protection Agency tried to keep confidential show that its staffers criticized how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine, and concluded that the permit would violate federal law because it lacked...

The Latest: Minnesota regulators defend key PolyMet permit

Jun. 13, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on EPA criticism of a key permit for the planned PolyMet mine in Minnesota (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Minnesota regulators are defending their process for approving a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Newly released documents show that staffers with the...

Key moments in Flint, Michigan's lead-tainted water crisis

Jun. 13, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water scandal and pledged to start the investigation from scratch. Officials said that since the election of a new attorney general, they have acquired a lot of new evidence that significantly...

Former Bush, Reagan EPA heads warn on Trump rollbacks

Jun. 11, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency heads under three previous Republican presidents joined their Democratic counterparts Tuesday in telling lawmakers they were concerned by the Trump administration's rapid rollbacks of environmental protections. "The EPA on the track it's on ... is...

Illinois, Lake County sue silicone plant after fatal blast

Jun. 4, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois and Lake County are suing the owner of a Chicago-area silicone factory that exploded last month, seeking to force the company to identify the nature and extent of chemical pollution in the area and limit the environmental impact of the deadly blast. Attorney General Kwame...