Latest Industrial pollution News

Watchdog: EPA data on sewer plant pollution is inaccurate

Apr. 8, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general says data released to the public about municipal sewer discharges is not accurate. The agency watchdog sent a letter to the head of the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention on Monday, warning that some information about hazardous...

EPA: No known toxic releases at flooded Superfund sites

Mar. 28, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

MEAD, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the Midwest temporarily cut off a Superfund site in Nebraska that stores radioactive waste and explosives, inundated another one storing toxic chemical waste in Missouri, and limited access to others, according to federal regulators. The Environmental Protection Agency on...

New Jersey orders cleanup of clothing, cookware chemicals

Mar. 25, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is ordering five companies that manufacture chemicals used to stain-proof clothing and produce non-stick cookware to spend what could be hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up contamination from the substances. The state Department of Environmental Protection Mo ordered...

Officials: Air is safe near Houston-area petrochemical fire

Mar. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

Houston authorities on Tuesday assured residents that there were no measureable air-quality problems from a petrochemical storage terminal fire despite a huge black plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. The fire began Sunday at the International Terminals Co. in the suburb of Deer Park, southeast of...

Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK'd for dinner

Mar. 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in the Cuyahoga River, which became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say. The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an...

US keeps air pollution standard established under Obama

Feb. 26, 2019 6:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday announced they are leaving intact an air quality standard for power plant pollution that can worsen asthma in children, despite calls by health advocates for a tougher rule. The move keeps in place a threshold for sulfur dioxide pollution...

50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites

Feb. 20, 2019 7:00 PM EST

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic...