Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Denver gets go-ahead from EPA after progress on lead pipes

Dec. 01, 2022 10:52 AM EST

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday approved a nearly $700 million plan to remove all lead water pipes in the Denver region, saying the local water utility's approach for reducing lead levels is succeeding and making swift progress. It's a recognition that cities can effectively address...

Justice Department intervenes for struggling water system

Nov. 29, 2022 17:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Justice Department made a rare intervention Tuesday to try to bring improvements in the beleaguered water system in Mississippi's capital city, which nearly collapsed in late summer and continues to struggle. The department filed a proposal to appoint a...

Mine opponents to ask Minnesota Supreme Court to void permit

Nov. 29, 2022 16:56 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on an attempt by environmental groups to cancel a key permit for a long-stalled copper-nickel mine. Opponents of PolyMet Mining Corp.′s project say state regulators should have included...

Air pollution monitoring to increase for Oregon communities

Nov. 24, 2022 11:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two of Oregon’s most economically disadvantaged and racially diverse communities — one in Portland and the other on the south coast — are getting a boost in their fight against air pollution. The air-quality challenges facing “environmental justice...

House Democrats request review of local water utilities

Nov. 18, 2022 19:12 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Amid an investigation into the water crisis in Mississippi's capital city, two congressional Democrats are requesting a review of the federal government's efforts to maintain local water utilities. In a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro on Friday,...

EPA orders Ohio power plant to stop dumping toxic coal ash

Nov. 18, 2022 18:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-fired power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered an Ohio utility to stop dumping dangerous coal ash into unlined storage ponds and speed cleanup of the site. The order to the Gen....

Council to vote on EPA plan to fix Mississippi water system

Nov. 16, 2022 19:10 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials in Mississippi's capital city are scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposed agreement with the federal government for how to fix the city's water system, which came dangerously close to collapsing more than two months ago. Details of the proposal had...

EPA leader listens to water concerns in Mississippi capital

Nov. 15, 2022 20:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — EPA Administrator Michael Regan said Tuesday that the agency is still working on a plan to bring long-term improvements to the water system in Mississippi’s capital city, which came perilously close to collapsing more than two months ago. “I am here for...

Solar farms in 3 states cited for environmental violations

Nov. 14, 2022 18:49 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Four companies that developed solar energy facilities in Alabama, Idaho and Illinois have agreed to pay a total of $1.3 million for violating construction permits and rules for handling groundwater, authorities said Monday. A statement by the Justice...

Biden tightens methane emissions rule amid push for more oil

Nov. 11, 2022 15:17 PM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday ramped up efforts to reduce methane emissions, targeting the oil and gas industry for its role in global warming even as President Joe Biden has pressed energy producers for more oil drilling to lower prices at the gasoline pump. ...