Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Weedkiller manufacturer seeks lawmakers' help to squelch claims it failed to warn about cancer

Apr. 16, 2024 13:45 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Stung by paying billions of dollars for settlements and trials, chemical giant Bayer has been lobbying lawmakers in three states to pass bills providing it a legal shield from lawsuits that claim its popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. Nearly identical...

Why is the EPA regulating PFAS and what are these 'forever chemicals'?

Apr. 10, 2024 17:47 PM EDT

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized limits on certain common types of PFAS chemicals in drinking water. It is the first time a nationwide limit on so-called forever chemicals has been imposed on water providers. EPA Administrator Michael Regan called it the biggest action...

Pennsylvania makes a push to attract and approve carbon capture wells

Apr. 09, 2024 18:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state Senate on Tuesday approved legislation aimed at helping the nation's No. 2 natural gas-producing state attract carbon capture projects and enable federally-funded hydrogen hubs, but critics say the bill lacks important safeguards. The...

New EPA rule says 218 US chemical plants must reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer

Apr. 09, 2024 15:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 chemical plants nationwide will be required to reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer under a new rule issued Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule advances President Joe Biden’s commitment to environmental justice by delivering...

EPA head Regan defends $20B green bank: 'I feel really good about this program'

Apr. 05, 2024 11:38 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday defended a new $20 billion federal “green bank” program, saying it will finance a variety of projects to create low-carbon solutions to combat climate change, including in disadvantaged communities that are most...

EPA awards $20 billion in green bank grants for clean energy projects nationwide

Apr. 04, 2024 16:29 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday awarded $20 billion in federal green bank grants to eight community development banks and nonprofit organizations to use on projects combating climate change in disadvantaged communities and helping Americans save money and reduce...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Apr. 02, 2024 18:37 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: March 30 The Washington Post on the Israel-Gaza war As the war in Gaza grinds on into its sixth month, cracks are showing in the once unequivocally united front between Israel and the...

EPA sets strict emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses in bid to fight climate change

Mar. 29, 2024 13:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday set strict emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks, buses and other large vehicles, an action that officials said will help clean up some of the nation's largest sources of planet-warming greenhouse gases. The new...

Last coal-burning power plant in New England set to close in a win for environmentalists

Mar. 28, 2024 14:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The last coal-fired power plant in New England, which had been the focus of a lawsuit and protests, is set to close in a victory for environmentalists. Granite Shore Power said Wednesday it reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to close the...

Interior Department rule aims to crack down on methane leaks from oil, gas drilling on public lands

Mar. 27, 2024 18:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration issued a final rule Wednesday aimed at curbing methane leaks from oil and gas drilling on federal and tribal lands, its latest action to crack down on emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming. ...