Latest Michael S. Regan News

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 10, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

Anderson Herald Bulletin. May 9, 2022. Editorial: Hoosiers should welcome new coal rule With the Hoosier state ranked third in the nation in the amount of coal it burns overall and to generate electricity, Hoosiers should welcome a proposed Environmental Protection...

Biden to crack down on polluters in poor, minority areas

May. 05, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Following through on a campaign promise, the Biden administration on Thursday announced a wide-ranging enforcement strategy aimed at holding industrial polluters accountable for damage done to poor and minority communities. The strategy includes creation of an...

EXPLAINER: Why Biden is allowing more ethanol in gasoline

Apr. 12, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday his administration will suspend a federal rule that bars higher levels of ethanol in gasoline during the summer. The move, which Biden announced during a visit to Iowa, is intended to tamp down prices at the pump that have spiked during...

Catholic award for Louisiana environmental justice advocate

Apr. 09, 2022 12:25 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A retired special education teacher turned environmental justice advocate will receive what the University of Notre Dame describes as the oldest and most prestigious honor for American Catholics. The university will present its Laetare Medal to Rise St. James...

EPA probes environmental justice in Louisiana projects

Apr. 09, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether Louisiana’s health and environmental agencies discriminated against Black residents in connection with air pollution from existing and proposed facilities between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The...

EPA rule would finally ban asbestos, carcinogen still in use

Apr. 05, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed a rule to finally ban asbestos, a carcinogen that is still used in some chlorine bleach, brake pads and other products and kills thousands of Americans every year. The proposal marks a major expansion of EPA...

Contaminated Columbia River island added to Superfund list

Mar. 17, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday added Bradford Island and surrounding waters of the Columbia River to its Superfund list of toxic waste sites, beginning the process for the eventual cleanup of the area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,...

$75 million for residents whose homes were built on landfill

Mar. 16, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group of New Orleans residents whose homes were built on a toxic landfill decades ago have won a $75.3 million court judgement against the city, its housing authority and the local school board. State district Judge Nicole Sheppard's ruling said 5,000 residents...

Cooper, Regan celebrates electric school buses for Cherokees

Mar. 15, 2022 04:17 AM EDT

CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and his former environmental secretary — now EPA Administrator Michael Regan — are celebrating the use of electricity to transport children to and from school and activities. Cooper and Regan were expected to join leaders of...

EPA plan would limit downwind pollution from power plants

Mar. 11, 2022 17:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a plan that would restrict smokestack emissions from power plants and other industrial sources that burden downwind areas with smog-causing pollution they can’t control. The federal plan announced Friday is...