Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Manchester reaches deal with feds to improve river quality

Jul. 13, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

Two federal agencies have reached a deal with New Hampshire’s largest city to enact measures aimed at helping reduce river pollution. The agreement announced Monday between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice and Manchester calls for implementing a 20-year plan to...

URI grant to help reduce food waste, boost food access

Jul. 12, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

The University of Rhode Island has received a $100,000 federal grant that will help reduce food waste while improving access to healthy, locally-grown food for residents in need. The grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be used to establish the Food System Steward Program at URI, according to...

Emiratis wearing face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic work on the floor of the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Dubai reopened its Dubai Financial Market stock exchange Tuesday after closing its floor due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Business Fallout story

Jul. 8, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

In a story July 7, 2020, about business-related fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press erroneously reported Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is working on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The drug, REGN-COV2, is a double antibody combination being studied for potential treatment and prevention of the...

EPA to temporarily close Colorado mine bulkhead for study

Jul. 8, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to temporarily seal a bulkhead at one of the most polluted mines in a Colorado region as part of a study of the region's water. The EPA plans to close a bulkhead valve at the Red & Bonita Mine, The Durango Herald reported Tuesday....

Egg processor to pay $827,500 fine, make $2M in upgrades

Jul. 7, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

DAVID CITY, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska egg processing company has agreed to invest $2 million in upgrades to its facility to limit pollution and pay an $827,500 fine as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the state. The EPA said that Henningsen Foods has installed equipment at its...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pose for a photo before participating in a roundtable discussion with Venezuelan exiles, in Miami. While President Donald Trump deals with his high-profile political difficulties in his high-profile ways, his Cabinet heads are fanning out to battleground states in November's presidential vote, trying to assure essential support blocs on all that the Trump administration is doing for them. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters

Jul. 5, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tromped through a strawberry festival in central Florida, detailing the government's new trade pact. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about foreign policy at a roundtable in south Florida. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator...

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2010, aerial file photo, shows the town of Libby Mont. With a decades-long cleanup of asbestos contamination in the town largely completed, state officials are taking over the effort to protect residents from future exposure to the potentially deadly material. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US transfers care for towns polluted with asbestos to state

Jul. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State regulators are taking over maintenance of a decades-long environmental cleanup in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday transferred responsibility...

Michigan, EPA announce plan to clean up 'green ooze' site

Jul. 1, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Groundwater contamination at the former Electro-Plating services facility that was determined to be the source of a green ooze leak last year will be treated by injecting chemicals into the soil and treating the contaminants in place. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state...

New Hampshire House passes tough drinking water standards

Jun. 30, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

The New Hampshire House passed a bill Tuesday that would put into law some of country's toughest drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals and provides tens of millions of dollars to help communities in the state meet the rules. The House voted 210 to 116 on the standards put forth last year by the...

EPA fines Hawaii library system $144K for cesspool violation

Jun. 30, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has assessed nearly $144,000 in penalties against the Hawaii State Public Library System for continued use of large-­capacity cesspools. The library system is seeking authority from state lawmakers to pay the penalties for using the cesspools,...