Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Vice President Harris plans Milwaukee visit next week

Jan. 19, 2022 13:17 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris plans to visit Milwaukee on Monday, which would be her second trip to Wisconsin since taking office a year ago. The White House said Wednesday that Harris will be joined by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael...

EPA to review NC permit OKs at hog farms collecting gas

Jan. 14, 2022 18:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal regulators have agreed to investigate whether the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality violated the rights of minority residents and poor people living near farms where it approved plans to capture gas from hog waste. The U.S. Environmental...

Ex-EPA workers ask Virginia senators not to confirm Wheeler

Jan. 14, 2022 13:43 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 150 former Environmental Protection Agency employees urged the Virginia Senate on Friday to oppose the nomination of former EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to GOP Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin's Cabinet. Youngkin announced last week that he had selected...

EPA moves to crack down on dangerous coal ash storage ponds

Jan. 11, 2022 21:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. ...

Groups file complaint against water utility over lead pipes

Jan. 06, 2022 16:02 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Five environmental and community groups have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleging the Providence Water Supply Board's infrastructure and lead pipe replacement work disproportionately increases the risk of lead exposure for...

Youngkin taps Trump's ex-EPA head for Virginia cabinet role

Jan. 05, 2022 17:27 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin has tapped a former coal lobbyist and Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency chief to join his cabinet in a role overseeing the state's environmental policy. Andrew Wheeler is Youngkin's pick for...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Jan. 05, 2022 07:29 AM EST

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. January 2, 2021. Editorial: PFAS caution is warranted It’s not surprising that there are questions about the closure of several wells last year in Eau Claire due to contamination with PFAS chemicals. Some of those will most likely be...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jan. 04, 2022 07:16 AM EST

Chicago Sun-Times. January 1, 2021. Editorial: A burning issue: Building more natural gas power plants hurts the environment Creating construction jobs and providing returns for investors are not good reasons for going that route. Why is Illinois still...

EPA fines South Carolina plant $1.1M after odor complaints

Dec. 30, 2021 10:56 AM EST

CATAWBA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will fine a South Carolina paper mill $1.1 million after regulators received thousands of complaints over a “noxious” rotten egg-like smell coming from the plant. The New Indy factory in Catawba has also agreed to...

EPA to test, measure longtime Buffalo River cleanup efforts

Dec. 26, 2021 16:49 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The lengthy effort to clean up the Buffalo River could pay off in the next few years. The Buffalo News reported Sunday that the federal Environmental Protection Agency has told a local U.S. representative that the winding waterway could lose its status as an...