Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

EPA delays rules for existing natural gas power plants until after the November election

Feb. 29, 2024 21:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it is delaying planned rules to curb emissions from existing natural gas plants that release harmful air pollutants and contribute to global warming. The agency said it is still on track to finalize rules for...

EPA awards $1 billion to clean up toxic waste in third cash infusion for Superfund program

Feb. 27, 2024 21:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-five toxic waste sites in 15 states are to be cleaned up, and ongoing work at dozens of others will get a funding boost, as the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced a $1 billion infusion to the federal Superfund program. The money is the...

EPA approves year-round sales of higher ethanol blend in 8 Midwest states

Feb. 23, 2024 10:58 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drivers in eight Midwestern states will be able to fuel up with a higher blend of ethanol throughout the year under a final rule announced Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The biofuels industry and farming groups, with support of Midwest...

Supreme Court seems skeptical of EPA's 'good neighbor' rule on power plant pollution

Feb. 21, 2024 17:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed skeptical Wednesday as the Environmental Protection Agency sought to continue enforcing an anti-air-pollution rule in 11 states while separate legal challenges proceed around the country. The EPA's “good...

Biden administration expands program to help rural towns plagued by sewage problems

Feb. 13, 2024 15:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is expanding a program to help rural communities with serious sewage problems get technical help to plan improvements and apply for funding. Eleven communities in the South and Southwest were chosen in 2022 for a...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Feb. 08, 2024 14:00 PM EST

The Advocate. February 6, 2024. Editorial: La. weaponizing public records against its own citizens In a highly unusual move, the state of Louisiana has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to enforce a Freedom of Information Act request. ...

Biden sets tighter standards for deadly soot pollution from tailpipes, smokestacks

Feb. 07, 2024 16:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particle matter from tailpipes, smokestacks and other industrial sources could prevent thousands of premature deaths a year. Environmental and public health...

Senate approves Biden pick to lead EPA air office as final rules near on power plants, vehicles

Feb. 01, 2024 13:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution office just as the agency is set to finalize rules over climate-changing emissions from power plants and cars and trucks. Joe Goffman is a longtime...

White House-hosted arts summit explores how to incorporate arts and humanities into problem-solving

Jan. 30, 2024 15:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will assign artists to treasured bodies of water in the United States under a new program announced Tuesday at a White House-sponsored conference on exploring ways to use the arts and humanities as another instrument for problem-solving. ...

EPA: Cancer-causing chemicals found in soil at north Louisiana apartment complex

Jan. 25, 2024 15:07 PM EST

BENTON, Lal. (AP) — After cancer-causing chemicals were found in the soil at a north Louisiana apartment complex, the Environmental Protection Agenc y has blocked access to part of the property and will move to abate the situation. The EPA will perform an emergency soil removal...