Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Diesel fuel spilled at Space Force telescope site in Hawaii

Feb. 01, 2023 18:54 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Space Force said about 700 gallons (2,650 liters) of diesel spilled at the site of an advanced space telescope on the summit of Haleakala volcano on Maui, the latest fuel spill involving the U.S. military in Hawaii. A diesel pump for a back-up generator at...

Alaska gold, copper mine blocked over environmental worries

Jan. 31, 2023 20:41 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took an unusually strong step Tuesday and blocked a proposed mine heralded by backers as the most significant undeveloped copper and gold resource in the world because of concerns about its environmental impact on a rich Alaska...

Difficulty measuring methane slows plan to slash emissions

Jan. 31, 2023 17:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The doors of a metal box slide open, and a drone rises over a gas well in Pennsylvania. Its mission: To find leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, so that energy companies can plug the leaks and reduce the emissions that pollute the air. The drone is among an...

EPA: $2.8M to snuff out Alabama landfill fire

Jan. 26, 2023 15:53 PM EST

MOODY, Ala. (AP) — The cost of extinguishing a landfill fire that's been burning since late November in Alabama's St. Clair County is now at an estimated $2.8 million, federal environmental regulators said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a budget increase for the...

Guyana: Satellites will spot oil spills, not on-ship experts

Jan. 25, 2023 10:58 AM EST

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency says it can now use satellites to monitor any oil spills in the South American nation's waters. The agency's former leader criticized the technology as ineffective, saying the only proper way of minimizing oil spills is to put...

EPA considers tougher regulation of livestock farm pollution

Jan. 23, 2023 17:47 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will study whether to toughen regulation of large livestock farms that release manure and other pollutants into waterways. EPA has not revised its rules dealing with the nation's largest animal operations...

State: EPA will help extinguish ongoing landfill fire

Jan. 18, 2023 18:29 PM EST

MOODY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is stepping in, at the request of Alabama officials, to help extinguish an underground landfill fire that has been burning in the state for nearly two months, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday. The Alabama Department of...

W.R. Grace offers $18.5M to settle Montana asbestos claims

Jan. 10, 2023 19:50 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The owner of a former vermiculite mine in northwestern Montana that spread harmful asbestos in and around the town of Libby has offered $18.5 million to settle the last of the state's claims for environmental damages, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Tuesday. The...

Federal utility chooses gas plant despite EPA concerns

Jan. 10, 2023 17:13 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility has decided to build a new natural gas plant despite concerns from the Environmental Protection Agency that its analysis of alternatives is faulty and that the project is at odds with President Biden's clean energy goals. ...

EPA to award $100M to boost environmental justice programs

Jan. 10, 2023 14:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it is awarding $100 million in competitive grants for projects that advance environmental justice in communities disproportionately affected by industrial pollution and other hazards. The funding, established...