Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Grants seek market-based reductions of Great Lakes pollution

Feb. 24, 2020 7:16 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants totaling more than $1.8 million are being awarded to five organizations for projects that will use market-based approaches to reducing nutrient pollution that helps cause harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes, officials said Monday. The funding will come through...

Industrial gas company reaches Clean Air Act settlement

Feb. 22, 2020 3:42 PM EST

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — An industrial and medical gas company in the Tri-Cities region has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle allegations that it didn’t meet some risk management standards set under the federal Clean Air Act. The Tri-City Herald reports the Environmental Protection Agency said Oxarc...

EPA: Toxic chemicals from Scott base may pollute local water

Feb. 22, 2020 9:21 AM EST

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Cancer-causing chemicals used over the years at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois may have leaked into local water supplies, according to a report from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The state's EPA says an expanded site inspection is set to begin this summer...

Environmentalists: Lake Erie won't recover without new rules

Feb. 21, 2020 11:00 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Political leaders and environmentalists who have spent years pushing Ohio to adopt a pollution diet to combat toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie say the state's plan to do just that will fall short if there are no new regulations on farmers. They contend that the only way the lake will...

Grant will help Virginia test schools for lead in water

Feb. 21, 2020 3:56 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced it was awarding Virginia over $700,000 in grant funding to assist with identifying sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child care facilities. The $737,000 will go to the Department of Health, which will use it to...

EPA will regulate two toxic chemicals in drinking water

Feb. 20, 2020 9:19 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to regulate two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds in the drinking water amid growing concerns the chemicals found in everything from pizza boxes to carpet pose a health hazard. The agency is targeting a class of...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, University of New Hampshire scientists monitor the health of seagrass in the Great Bay in Durham, N.H. Federal officials got an earful of complaints Wednesday night, Feb. 19, 2020, from scores of New Hampshire communities over a plan to further reduce nitrogen in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Michael Casey, File)

Great Bay communities express doubts about EPA cleanup plan

Feb. 20, 2020 6:05 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Federal officials got an earful of complaints Wednesday night from scores of New Hampshire communities over a plan to further reduce nitrogen in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast. In the draft Clean Water Permit for the Great Bay in New Hampshire, the Environmental...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, water contaminated with arsenic, lead and zinc flows from a pipe out of the Lee Mountain mine and into a holding pond near Rimini, Mont. The community is part of the Upper Tenmile Creek Superfund site, where dozens of abandoned mines have left water supplies polluted and residents must use bottled water. The Trump administration has built up the largest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund projects awaiting clean-up in at least 15 years, nearly tripling the number of sites where clean-ups are ready to go but awaiting money, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection Agency over the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Toxic Superfund cleanups decline to more than 30-year low

Feb. 19, 2020 8:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration completed the fewest cleanups of toxic Superfund sites last year than any administration since the program’s first years in the 1980s, figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated Wednesday. The federal government wrapped up cleanups at...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Feb. 19, 2020 12:33 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Feb. 17 The Fayetteville Observer on a local “true crime" case: What makes a murder case catch national attention? Reasons can vary. But one thing that captivates the public is when the crime contains unbelievable violence, and the person accused seems...

EPA orders cleanup of zinc smelter site in DePue, Illinois

Feb. 18, 2020 7:40 PM EST

DEPUE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an administrative order to those responsible to clean up contaminated soil at a site near the northern Illinois town of DePue, where a zinc smelter and fertilizer plant was once located, it was announced Tuesday. The EPA issued the...