Latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Judge nixes Trump-era rule limiting review of water projects

Oct. 22, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has vacated a Trump-era rule that limited states' ability to review federally-permitted water projects. When the federal government OKs a permit for a project that will discharge into navigable waters, state governments have the right...

Lawsuits: Mississippi capital city's water harms children

Oct. 20, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two new lawsuits claim hundreds of children have been exposed to dangerous lead levels through the drinking water in Mississippi's capital city, which has been facing water system problems for years. One lawsuit represents one child, while the...

New Mexico finishes tests of wells for Air Force chemicals

Oct. 19, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental protection officials have wrapped up testing of nearly five dozen private wells near a U.S. Air Force base on the eastern side of the state for so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can be toxic to humans and animals. ...

Report: Jackson dumped 6B gallons of partly treated sewage

Oct. 19, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s capital city dumped more than 6 billion gallons (22.7 billion liters) of partly treated sewage into a river in 2020, seven years after signing a federal court agreement to clean up its act, court records show. The records also show...

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic 'forever chemicals'

Oct. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it is launching a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams. ...

Maryland urges limits to eating fish in creek due to PFAS

Oct. 17, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is recommending people limit their consumption of certain fish in the Piscataway Creek in Prince George’s County because of PFAS contamination. The Baltimore Sun reports it’s the first time the state has issued such an advisory. It's...

Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office

Oct. 12, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday appointed Debra Shore, a wastewater treatment official in Chicago, to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Midwestern office. Shore will oversee EPA's Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana,...

City in Michigan urged to use bottled water due to lead risk

Oct. 06, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan on Wednesday urged residents of Benton Harbor to use only bottled water for cooking and drinking, a major shift in response to the city's elevated levels of lead. The state recently said it would distribute free water and filters in the...

Maine to get $1.5M to clean up more brownfields

Oct. 06, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three Maine organizations are going to receive about $1.5 million from the federal government to help clean up more of the state's brownfields. Brownfields are typically former industrial sites that suffer from pollution. The U.S. Environmental...

NW Indiana water facility restarts after US Steel discharge

Oct. 04, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) — A utility has restarted a northwest Indiana water treatment facility one week after idling it following a U.S. Steel plant's discharge of iron-tainted wastewater into a Lake Michigan tributary. Indiana American Water said it restarted its Ogden...