Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Revamped EPA website shows increased climate change risks

May. 12, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a gap of more than four years, the Environmental Protection Agency is relaunching a website highlighting evidence of climate change in the United States, including rising temperatures, increased ocean acidity, sea level rise, river flooding, droughts, heat waves and...

EPA: Jackson water safe to drink, despite system problems

May. 12, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency officials met with Jackson leaders Tuesday to discuss severe issues with the water system in Mississippi's capital city. They said fixing the system will take years and cost millions of dollars, but for now, it's OK for people to drink...

EPA sets grants to restore 'brownfields' at blighted sites

May. 11, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced more than $66 million in grants to 151 communities nationwide to assess and clean up contaminated or abandoned "brownfields'' — industrial and commercial properties that contain a hazardous substance, pollutant or...

EPA awards grants for beach water monitoring, notifications

May. 11, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be awarding $723,000 in grants to monitor beach water quality and set up public notification programs in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, officials announced Monday. The programs will also be carried out by the...

'Forever chemicals' found in more wells than first reported

May. 07, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The extent of contamination in some public drinking water supply wells in Delaware from certain manmade chemical compounds associated with cancer and other health problems is worse than what was discovered several years ago, but state and federal officials have not...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

May. 05, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. May 3, 2021. Editorial: Manchin’s plan to rebuild will help WV Last week, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., co-sponsored two pieces of legislation that could help West Virginians recover economically in the twilight of the coal...

Naval Station Newport to make $39M in stormwater repairs

May. 05, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Navy has agreed to make more than $39 million in repairs at Naval Station Newport that will ensure the facility is in compliance with laws regulating the discharge of stormwater into Narragansett Bay, authorities said. “The projects under this...

EPA and Des Moines move to rehab polluted eyesore property

May. 04, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in his first visit to Iowa joined state and city officials Tuesday to announce the future plans for a sprawling former industrial site at a high-profile spot on the edge of downtown Des Moines. ...

Republicans ask why White House removed climate scientist

May. 04, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House Republicans are asking the White House for documents to explain why a scientist appointed by the Trump administration was removed from her post overseeing a government-wide report on climate change. Betsy Weatherhead, a career scientist named...

EPA rule to phase out gases used in refrigerators, coolants

May. 03, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first Biden administration rule aimed at combating climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to phase down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. ...