Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Maine to get more than $23M for clean water projects

May. 19, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators say the state is receiving more than $23 million from the federal government for projects that help provide clean water. The money is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Republican Sen. Susan...

Regulators order river cleanup near former Michigan tannery

May. 19, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering a former tannery to dig contaminated sediment and excavate soil from areas in western Michigan after finding high pollution levels where the shoemaker once operated. The EPA sent a letter last month listing several cleanup steps federal...

Watchdog: EPA should recoup travel money from Pruitt, guards

May. 16, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog urged the agency on Thursday to look into recovering $124,000 in premium travel charges for former EPA head Scott Pruitt and his bodyguards. The EPA's inspector general rejected Pruitt's claims that security concerns warranted the...

Eastern Missouri site added to Superfund priorities list

May. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) — A contaminated site in the eastern Missouri town of Washington has been added to the federal Superfund priority list. The Environmental Protection Agency says the Sporlan Valve plant site was added to the National Priorities List on Monday, one of seven new additions to the list. The...

EPA adds Minden, West Virginia, site to Superfund list

May. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

MINDEN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday added the site of a former mining equipment operation in West Virginia to its National Priorities List of Superfund sites. The EPA announced in a news release the addition of the Shaffer Equipment/Arbuckle Creek Area Site in Minden to...

Dissent within Alaska agency over chemical classification

May. 12, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A decision by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to redefine levels of certain chemicals considered safe in drinking water has caused dissent within the agency. Sally Schlichting, who works in the contaminated sites program, wrote in an internal memo obtained by...

Hawaii's Hirono, Gabbard want congressional sunscreen study

May. 11, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard want a large-scale study conducted on the impact sunscreen chemicals have on humans and coral reefs around the world. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that earlier this week, Hirono, along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.),...

Crews address environmental threats flooding leaves behind

May. 11, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — Driving along a deeply rutted levee, Heath Smith points to a basketball, picnic basket and pink Big Wheel. He drives past a massive porch. A boat and a semi's missing trailer sit up ahead. He's found a cooler filled with beer. "You see people's lives caught on this levee," Smith, an...

City, state partner to deal with Portland Superfund site

May. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City of Portland and the state of Oregon say they're partnering to address the Portland Harbor cleanup efforts. Last December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the entire Portland Harbor site must meet certain goals toward figuring out a cleanup plan by the end...

New Wisconsin attorney general shifts agency's priorities

May. 10, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's new Democratic attorney general has used his first four months in office to shift the state Department of Justice to a more liberal footing, pleasing supporters by nullifying his Republican predecessor's attempts to kill federal health care reforms and limit environmental...