Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

EPA will regulate two toxic chemicals in drinking water

Feb. 20, 2020 9:19 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to regulate two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds in the drinking water amid growing concerns the chemicals found in everything from pizza boxes to carpet pose a health hazard. The agency is targeting a class of...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, water contaminated with arsenic, lead and zinc flows from a pipe out of the Lee Mountain mine and into a holding pond near Rimini, Mont. The community is part of the Upper Tenmile Creek Superfund site, where dozens of abandoned mines have left water supplies polluted and residents must use bottled water. The Trump administration has built up the largest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund projects awaiting clean-up in at least 15 years, nearly tripling the number of sites where clean-ups are ready to go but awaiting money, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection Agency over the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Toxic Superfund cleanups decline to more than 30-year low

Feb. 19, 2020 8:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration completed the fewest cleanups of toxic Superfund sites last year than any administration since the program’s first years in the 1980s, figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated Wednesday. The federal government wrapped up cleanups at...

A protester holds a placard at a rally of advocates to voice opposition to efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, which is the country's basic charter for protection of the outdoors on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

Feb. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping the environmental reviews. Among other changes,...

Agreement will help speed cleanup of the Housatonic River

Feb. 10, 2020 6:59 PM EST

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — Federal environmental officials have unveiled a plan to speed the cleanup of the Housatonic River in western Massachusetts and require General Electric to pay local communities $63 million. Under the long-awaited deal announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency, highly...

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Trump calls for slashing funding for toxic Superfund cleanup

Feb. 10, 2020 5:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked Congress on Monday to slash funding for the Superfund program around the country, despite already building up the biggest backlog in 15 years of hazardous waste clean-ups stalled for lack of money. Overall, the president proposed cutting $2.4 billion, or 26%,...

Conservationists attacked in refuge for Mexican porpoise

Feb. 9, 2020 7:30 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Conservationists on a Sea Shepherd vessel out to protect the endangered vaquita porpoise came under gun fire in the upper Gulf of California over the weekend by men in small boats. The confrontation took place Saturday in what is known as the “critical zone” of an area...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Mike Stoker regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency directs speakers during a public hearings on the Trump administration's proposal to roll back car-mileage standards in a region with some of the nation's worst air pollution in Fresno, Calif. Stoker said he got a call Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, from senior agency officials in Washington telling him to resign. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)

Accusations follow EPA's ouster of California regional boss

Feb. 7, 2020 6:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency abruptly pushed out its top regional official for California and other points West, touching off an unusual public dispute between the two over the reason why. Mike Stoker, the EPA’s chief for California and other far West states and territories...

In this Oct. 29, 2018, photo, Jeff Schwartzkopf, of Rudd, Iowa, looks at the concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, built near his home in Rudd, Iowa. Jeff and Gail Schwartzkopf say their lives changed drastically after a hog operation was built a quarter-mile from their home in northern Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers

Feb. 6, 2020 12:36 PM EST

AKRON, Iowa (AP) — In recent years, Fred Zenk built two barns housing about 2,400 hogs between them — long, white, concrete-and-metal structures that are ubiquitous in the Midwestern countryside. The Iowa farmer didn’t follow state requirements to get construction approval and file a manure...

In this Oct. 29, 2018, photo, Jeff Schwartzkopf, of Rudd, Iowa, looks at the concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, built near his home in Rudd, Iowa. Jeff and Gail Schwartzkopf say their lives changed drastically after a hog operation was built a quarter-mile from their home in northern Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers

Feb. 6, 2020 12:19 PM EST

AKRON, Iowa (AP) — In recent years, Fred Zenk built two barns housing about 2,400 hogs between them — long, white, concrete-and-metal structures that are ubiquitous in the Midwestern countryside. The Iowa farmer didn’t follow state requirements to get construction approval and file a manure...

Kohler to pay $20M penalty for California engine emissions

Jan. 30, 2020 7:29 PM EST

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — Kohler Co. has agreed to pay a $20 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that emissions from its small spark-ignition engines violated the Clean Air Act and California law. The Wisconsin-based company reached the agreement Thursday with the Department of Justice, the U.S....