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EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

Feb. 14, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency wasn't moving...

EPA sets toxins response plan amid criticism from lawmakers

Feb. 13, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that the agency has not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew...

Plastic bag restrictions advance in Legislature

Feb. 13, 2019 7:03 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A ban on single-use plastic bags advanced in the state Legislature, the second of a pair of bills on the subject to move past initial hearings. The bill would ban retail stores from giving out single-use plastic bags, including potentially compostable plastic bags, starting in 2020,...

Antero agrees to $3.15m fine in W.Va. pollution settlement

Feb. 11, 2019 4:10 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Colorado-based natural gas producer has agreed to pay a $3.15 million civil penalty to resolve pollution violations at 32 drilling sites in West Virginia. The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release the agency and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection...

EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks

Feb. 11, 2019 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical compounds are all around you. They're on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. There's growing evidence that...

Evers wants nearly $70M in bonding to address water quality

Feb. 10, 2019 1:17 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers will call for allowing state environmental and agricultural officials to borrow nearly $70 million more over the next two years to combat water pollution and replace lead pipes in his first state budget, following through on his pledge to attack drinking water...

Leader of new climate panel talks of need for 'bold action'

Feb. 9, 2019 8:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It does not yet have office space, staff or even Republican members, but Florida Rep. Kathy Castor is confident that a special House committee on climate change will play a leading role on one of the most daunting challenges facing the planet. Castor, who chairs the new panel, says those...

Former Rep. Dingell, US's longest-serving lawmaker, dies

Feb. 8, 2019 10:10 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history and a master of legislative deal-making who was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, has died. The Michigan Democrat was 92. Dingell, who served in the U.S. House for 59 years before retiring...

John Dingell, longest serving member of Congress, dies at 92

Feb. 8, 2019 10:08 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Dubbed "Big John" for his imposing 6-foot-3 frame and sometimes intimidating manner, former Rep. John Dingell bolstered that reputation with the head of a 500-pound wild boar that greeted visitors to his Washington office. The story behind it also helped: The Michigan Democrat is said to...

Dignitaries praise former Congressman John Dingell

Feb. 8, 2019 8:21 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Reaction to the death of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history, who died Thursday at age 92: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former Michigan Congressman and longest-serving member of the United...