Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Ex-EPA chief Pruitt's Indiana lobbying bid has likely failed

Apr. 23, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has likely failed in his efforts to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants in Indiana. Pruitt registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana last week for the parent company of Terre Haute-based mining company...

Court: EPA has 90 days to justify use of dangerous pesticide

Apr. 19, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has given the Environmental Protection Agency 90 days to justify why a widely used but dangerous pesticide should stay on the market. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued the order at the request of a coalition of farmworker and environmental...

Judge says US government can be sued for Flint water crisis

Apr. 19, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge says the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city's water crisis. Federal Judge Linda Parker didn't determine whether EPA employees were negligent when Flint's water system...

Honeywell to clean up chemical pollution in North Carolina

Apr. 19, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say they've reached a proposed settlement with two companies for the cleanup of a former chemical plant near the Cape Fear River. The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Thursday that the settlement was reached with...

Ex-EPA chief Pruitt registers as energy lobbyist in Indiana

Apr. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana on Thursday as fossil-fuels interests there are fighting to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants. A lobbying disclosure report for...

Kentucky gets grant to help clean up petroleum contamination

Apr. 15, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a nearly $1.2 million grant to help Kentucky clean up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks. Last fiscal year, Kentucky officials reported 109 new confirmed discharges, 162 cleanups completed and 636...

Kentucky plan to reduce Mammoth Cave haze approved by EPA

Apr. 12, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Kentucky's plan to meet federal air pollutant and visibility requirements around Mammoth Cave National Park. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Kentucky on Friday to announce the approval of the state's regional haze plan....

EPA won't make GE restart Hudson dredging for now

Apr. 11, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency declined for now to make General Electric restart dredging in the Hudson River, triggering a wave of condemnation Thursday from New York officials and environmentalists who say contaminant levels from its industrial pollution remain too high. The EPA...

The Latest: Cuomo slams environment agency on Hudson cleanup

Apr. 11, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to hold General Electric accountable for cleaning...

Trump signs orders making it harder to block pipelines

Apr. 10, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

CROSBY, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump's support for shifting more power to states on Wednesday faded next to his affinity for oil and gas production, as he aimed to make it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects due to environmental concerns. At the urging of business groups,...