Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

EPA orders cleanup of zinc smelter site in DePue, Illinois

Feb. 18, 2020 7:40 PM EST

DEPUE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an administrative order to those responsible to clean up contaminated soil at a site near the northern Illinois town of DePue, where a zinc smelter and fertilizer plant was once located, it was announced Tuesday. The EPA issued the...

Texas co. to pay $2.4M penalty for ND oil terminal violation

Feb. 18, 2020 5:56 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Texas company and its subsidiaries will pay a $2.4 million penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for a crude oil transloading facility the companies formerly owned and operated on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, the U.S. Environmental...

Alaska official disputes EPA toxic chemical release analysis

Feb. 17, 2020 2:27 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reported Alaska led the nation in 2018 toxic chemical releases. But a state commissioner contends a large portion should not be categorized as toxic. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune argued that releases...

Alabama eligible for nearly $42M in federal water funding

Feb. 16, 2020 10:17 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is in line for nearly $42 million in federal funding to help with projects related to water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The state is eligible for about $18 million to help with projects like fixing old water infrastructure, fixing stormwater problems...

EPA orders hazardous waste probe at shuttered Indiana site

Feb. 16, 2020 10:08 AM EST

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a hazardous waste investigation at a sprawling former oil refinery in northwestern Indiana that was shuttered in 1973 and later was the scene of a major fire. The federal agency recently ordered Citgo Petroleum Corp. and Oxy...

Settlement deal reached on Butte Superfund cleanup plan

Feb. 13, 2020 7:43 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. environmental officials and the company responsible for the nation's largest Superfund site have reached a proposed agreement to set what could be the final terms of the decades-long cleanup in Butte, officials said Thursday. The settlement, known as a consent decree, would require...

Former PG&E attorney to head EPA West Coast office

Feb. 12, 2020 11:47 AM EST

The Environmental Protection Agency has named a former attorney for the nation's largest utility to head its West Coast office, replacing the regional director ousted from the post last week. John Busterud, who worked for Pacific Gas and Electric for three decades, will manage more than 600 staff employees and...

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,...

Carcinogen traces found in some Clovis drinking water wells

Feb. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EST

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Clovis' public water utility has decommissioned some drinking water wells after finding traces of a cancer-causing pollutant. According to the New Mexico Environment Department, the company in charge of Clovis’ public drinking water found a known carcinogen in 10 of its 82 wells...

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...