Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

Aug. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking...

5th lawsuit filed against EPA over 2015 mine waste spill

Aug. 10, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 295...

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

Aug. 10, 2018 12:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco...

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

Aug. 9, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San...

2 new exotic species identified in the Great Lakes

Aug. 9, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Two new exotic zooplankton species have crept into the Great Lakes, according to researchers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Cornell University researchers confirmed the species are in Lake Erie. The findings are part of the EPA's biology monitoring program in the...

Supreme Court nominee takes hard line on federal regulations

Aug. 8, 2018 12:36 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh worries about federal agencies running amok. He has argued that judges have given federal agencies leeway to push policies that go well beyond what Congress allowed. That view has endeared him to conservatives, who believe unelected bureaucrats are...

EPA delists federal Superfund site in Washington state

Aug. 7, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A federal Superfund site in Vancouver, Washington, has been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List. The Columbian reports the Frontier Hard Chrome site was delisted Monday after the EPA and state officials determined the site required no...

Kavanaugh's record on EPA rules worries environmental groups

Aug. 6, 2018 12:19 AM EDT

Environmental groups were not going to be happy with anyone President Donald Trump picked for the Supreme Court. But the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has them especially worried. A conservative who would replace the more moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh has a record of slapping back...

Top court nominee has long knocked back environmental rules

Aug. 5, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

Environmental groups were not going to be happy with anyone President Donald Trump picked for the Supreme Court. But the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has them especially worried. A conservative who would replace the more moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh has a record of slapping back...

3 years after Colorado mine spill, victims awaiting payment

Aug. 3, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered a massive mine spill that polluted rivers in three states, the federal government still has not repaid any of the victims for the millions of dollars in economic damage they claimed. The EPA said this week it is making...