Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Hawaii watershed rehabilitation work shows signs of success

Jul. 16, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii watershed rehabilitation project is showing signs of success as former dirt slopes on Kahoolawe Island are now covered in green, a report said. The Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission has overseen the Hakioawa watershed project since August 2018, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

EPA asked to reconsider use of dangerous chemical

Jul. 16, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth City Council is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider whether petroleum refineries should be allowed to continue their use of a dangerous and potentially deadly chemical. KBJR-TV reports the council voted late Monday on the request involving hydrogen...

GAO: EPA skirted procedures in overhaul of science boards

Jul. 15, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency skirted some of its usual procedures and ethics rules when it overhauled key agency advisory boards, slashing the numbers of academic scientists on the panels and appointing more industry figures, the Government Accountability Office said Monday. Senate...

Duluth pursuing study of toxic chemical after refinery blast

Jul. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — City leaders in Duluth, Minnesota, are taking steps to ensure that residents will be safe following the upcoming reconstruction of a refinery that exploded in neighboring Superior, Wisconsin. The Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior was rocked last April by a huge blast and fire. The...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship

Jul. 15, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading falsehoods on issues of race, immigration and American-ness, exhorting four non-white female lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from and crying foul over his failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He suggests that the...

Emergency response conference planned for Omaha in August

Jul. 14, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Emergency response planners will gather in Omaha next month to work on improving the way they plan for disasters. The Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring the conference from Aug. 8-10 for the region that includes Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. The conference will feature...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and an eco legacy not his own

Jul. 13, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his aides this past week celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. In large measure, the progress they cited pre-dates Trump's presidency. And in some of the particulars, they were wrong. For example, the air is not cleaner under Trump. The...

EPA restores broad use of pesticide opposed by beekeepers

Jul. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday's EPA announcement —...

Trump escapes blame for ethanol policy hurting corn farmers

Jul. 12, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest farmers and their Republican elected officials rarely miss a chance to shower President Donald Trump with praise when he takes actions they believe help agriculture, but they're now parsing their words over the administration's policies dealing with ethanol. While they have...

Editorials from around New England

Jul. 12, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT Post-9/11 G.I. Bill eligibility gets a reprieve The Day July 11 A restriction in Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits for family dependents of service members, scheduled to start Friday, has been delayed at least until January. That's welcome news for families of...