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Court rules Trump EPA unlawfully ignored dangerous chemicals

Nov. 14, 2019 7:20 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of some of the most dangerous materials in public use from a safety review, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Iowa reports 622 impaired water segments, a 2% increase

Nov. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial summary of water quality, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. That’s a 2% increase over the 608 reported in the 2016...

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal

Nov. 13, 2019 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the U.S. regulates threats to public health. “It will practically lead to the...

Judge allows lawsuit seeking action on Lake Erie algae

Nov. 13, 2019 3:11 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio says an environmental group pushing for mandatory regulations to prevent toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie can move forward with its lawsuit. The judge in Toledo issued a ruling Wednesday denying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s request to dismiss...

Part of St. Croix River makes Minnesota impaired waters list

Nov. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A scenic stretch of the St. Croix River was one of 581 waterways Minnesota has added to its list of waters that don’t meet state pollution standards, according to a report released Wednesday. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency added the lakes, rivers and streams to its draft...

Illinois legal aid group gets pesticides-related grant

Nov. 10, 2019 9:30 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving an Illinois legal aid group $30,000 to educate farmworkers about and to do research on pesticides. The EPA said in a recent statement that the money going to Legal Aid Chicago will, among other things, help it survey corn-detasseling workers...

Risks being evaluated at contaminated former industrial site

Nov. 7, 2019 2:36 PM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Environmental assessments are expected to be finished next year at the contaminated site of a former wood treating facility in eastern Mississippi. Experts will evaluate potential health risks for people who might use the former Kerr-McGee site in the future, after the site is...

North Carolina editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 6 The (Wilmington) StarNews on the Environmental Protection Agency rolling back federal rules on coal ash: Britain's Guardian newspaper reported not long ago on a speech by a petrochemical executive. He remarked that Donald Trump was one of the most...

Justices seem uncertain about reach of Clean Water Act

Nov. 6, 2019 1:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems uncertain about how to decide a closely watched case from Hawaii about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections. The justices heard arguments Wednesday about whether a sewage treatment plant needs a federal permit when it sends wastewater deep...

2 Permian Basin oil and gas producers get violation notices

Nov. 4, 2019 7:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has issued notices of violation to two Permian Basin oil and gas producers over air quality regulations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued similar notices for the violations. During April inspections in southeast New Mexico, the...