Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Maine gets help to cut diesel emissions from vehicles, boats

Sep. 19, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is awarding Maine nearly a half-million dollars to reduce diesel emissions by targeting vehicles and boats to be retrofitted for cleaner energy sources. The effort will help repower vessels and vehicles in the state and reduce emissions, said Democratic U.S....

Parts of now smoky rural Nevada lack government air monitors

Sep. 18, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has been largely spared from the blazes roaring through the West; the state is currently experiencing no active wildfires. But wildfire smoke — full of particulate matter and metals from scorched houses and forests — has cloaked much of the state, forcing...

WVa clean drinking water projects receive federal funding

Sep. 15, 2020 3:25 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing $11.3 million for clean drinking water projects in West Virginia. The funding was announced Monday by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive $11...

EPA sides with farmers on ethanol, rejects refinery waivers

Sep. 14, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

Federal regulators on Monday handed a victory to corn farmers and the renewable fuels industry by refusing to allow a group of petroleum refiners in 14 states to forego requirements to blend ethanol into the gasoline they make. Members of Congress from farm states have heavily lobbied President Donald Trump to...

Jeff Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks as Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, right, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, left, look on during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Automakers Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA have agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the U.S. government and California state regulators to resolve emissions cheating allegations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Daimler AG to pay $1.5B to settle emissions cheating probes

Sep. 14, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Automaker Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA have agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the U.S. government and California state regulators to resolve emissions cheating allegations, officials said Monday. The U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency and the California...

Washington dairies challenge EPA groundwater pollution study

Sep. 14, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A dispute between Washington state dairies and the Environmental Protection Agency over groundwater contamination is being argued in federal court. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Sunday that a 2012 EPA study linked a handful of dairies near Granger and Sunnyside to groundwater...

Environmentalists mull appeal after judge tosses sewage suit

Sep. 13, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An environmental group says it believes a federal judge was wrong to dismiss its lawsuit over raw sewage released in suburban Atlanta and says it's considering whether it will appeal. U.S. District Judge Steven Grimberg on Aug. 31 dismissed a lawsuit brought by the South River Watershed...

EPA removes Montgomery site from Superfund list

Sep. 10, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After years of work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will not put a polluted area in downtown Montgomery on its list of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the country, a state agency announced Wednesday. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management announced...

Des Moines hopeful eyesore near downtown will be cleared

Sep. 10, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sprawling former industrial site on the edge of downtown Des Moines would be transferred to city ownership and prepared for future development under a plan that officials announced Thursday. The City Council will vote Monday on whether to join a consent decree that if approved by...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, watermen dredge for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland near Ridge, Md.  A lawsuit filed Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, by the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation and others, is claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to ensure that Pennsylvania and New York are doing enough to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Attorneys general from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia say they’ve filed a similar lawsuit. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

Lawsuit: EPA fails to enforce Chesapeake Bay pollution caps

Sep. 10, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has failed to ensure that Pennsylvania and New York are doing enough to reduce pollution that flows from farms and cities into the Chesapeake Bay, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday. The federal suit was brought by the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay...