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1 year 1 month ago

EPA headquarters now named after former president

Starting today, the Environmental Protection Agency and President Bill Clinton share a name. The EPA headquarters will be named in honor of the 42nd president. Mr. Clinton will participate in the ceremony, along with former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, who served under him.

3 years 8 months ago

Feds: No significant impacts from Baca drilling

DENVER (AP) - Federal officials are again saying they don't believe exploratory drilling at the Baca National Wildlife Refuge will cause significant impacts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service originally made that conclusion in 2008 after it reviewed plans from Lexam Explorations to drill wells to look for oil...

4 years 4 weeks ago

Cotter uranium mill on track to close

A uranium mill that has operated in Canon City for decades is now on track to permanently close. The Cotter Corporation now says it plans to shut down containment ponds that store millions of tons of toxic waste. Without containment ponds, the mill can't operate. The Cotter Uranium Mill sits...

4 years 2 months ago

Oil spill reaches Lake Pontchartrain

Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans is the latest site where oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is appeared. The lake was rescued from pollution in 1990s and had once again become a bountiful fishing ground and a popular spot for boating and swimming. ...

4 years 3 months ago

Obama threatens veto over greenhouse gases

The White House has issued a veto threat against a Republican-led effort to block Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the levels of greenhouse gases that power plants and factories can release into the air. The veto threat comes two days before the Senate votes on a measure that would...

4 years 4 months ago

EPA regulations at heart of protest

EPA regulations were at the heart of a protest rally in Colorado Springs Tuesday afternoon. The group American's for Prosperity brought their nationwide Regulation Reality Tour to America the Beautiful Park. The group is protesting possible global warming regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. AFP Colorado State Director Jeff Crank...

4 years 5 months ago

EPA to issue stricter drinking water standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is tightening drinking water standards to impose stricter limits on four contaminants that can cause cancer. In a speech Monday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency is developing stricter regulations for four compounds: tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, acrylamide and epichlorohydrin. All four chemical compounds can cause cancer....

4 years 5 months ago

EPA investigating flea and tick products

The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to improve the safety of flea and tick treatments after seeing a significant increase in pets harmed by the products. The EPA says it will develop stricter testing and evaluation requirements for topical flea and tick treatments. The agency also will begin reviewing...

4 years 6 months ago

US to allow states address rising ocean acidity

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it will consider ways the states can address rising acidity levels in oceans, which pose a serious threat to shellfish and other marine life. The federal agency's decision was announced in a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity. The environmental...

4 years 6 months ago

Disposal of coal ash a long haul

More than a year after a Tennessee coal ash spill created one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in U.S. history, the problem is seeping into several other states. It began Dec. 22, 2008, when a retaining pond burst at a coal-burning power plant, spilling 5.4 million...

4 years 6 months ago

EPA's greenhouse gas finding being challenged

Texas is taking the federal government to court over a ruling that says greenhouse gases present a danger to human health. Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials announced Tuesday that Texas has filed an appeal in federal court and plans to formally ask the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider...

4 years 7 months ago

California to probe birth defects spike

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered two state agencies to investigate a rash of birth defects that have confounded impoverished Kettleman City for more than a year. Schwarzenegger's intervention into a bitter environmental battle came as a surprise and relief to both residents and the activists who have been demanding...

4 years 8 months ago

EPA tightening smog rules

The Environmental Protection Agency is setting stricter health standards for smog. Hundreds more counties nationwide will likely be in violation. The EPA says it will cost tens of billions dollars annually to reduce pollution to meet the limits. Smog irritates the lungs, and can lead to asthma attacks and other...

4 years 9 months ago

EPA to unveil new policies on water at schools

A federal official says the Environmental Protection Agency will unveil new policies on Tuesday designed to improve the enforcement of safe drinking water laws in small water systems nationwide. The new policies will bring new attention to school systems that have repeatedly violated safe drinking water requirements. The changes...

4 years 9 months ago

EPA: Greenhouse gases endanger human health

Officials tell The Associated Press that the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded greenhouse gases are endangering people's health and must be regulated. The EPA will announced its findings at a news conference Monday. The announcement is timed to boost the Obama administration's arguments at an international climate conference -...

4 years 9 months ago

EPA, group look to settle suit over Utah rules

An environmental group and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are seeking to settle a lawsuit aimed at getting Utah to change its air pollution regulations. WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit in September challenging Utah's rules, specifically a provision that the group says lets facilities exceed emissions limits when pollution-control...

4 years 10 months ago

Feds order do-over on air permit for gas field

Federal officials have ordered Colorado to redo an air permit for a natural gas compressor in Weld County. The Environmental Protection Agency issued an order this week, saying state regulators failed to adequately evaluate the overall impacts of pollution from the gas operations. The environmental group Rocky Mountain Clean Air...

4 years 11 months ago

Airlines ordered to test, disinfect onboard water

Federal regulators are issuing final rules requiring airlines to test and disinfect the water served to passengers and used in plane lavatories. The Environmental Protection Agency rules set out how frequently airlines must flush and disinfect the water systems on planes and test for coliform bacteria, which are associated with...

4 years 11 months ago

Government moves to curb greenhouse gas emissions

Proposed regulations would require power plants, factories and refineries to reduce greenhouse gases by installing the best available technology and improving energy efficiency whenever a facility is significantly changed or built. The Environmental Protection Agency proposal announced Wednesday applies to any industrial plant that emits at least 25,000 tons...

4 years 11 months ago

EPA: Limit plane deicing chemical runoff

Every winter, airports across the country spray millions of gallons of deicing chemicals onto airliners and allow the runoff to trickle away. When the chemicals end up in nearby waterways, the deicing fluid can turn streams bright orange and create dead zones for aquatic life. The practice is legal,...

4 years 11 months ago

Mercury leaking at closed California mine sites

Abandoned mercury mines throughout central California's rugged coastal mountains are polluting the state's major waterways, rendering fish unsafe to eat and risking the health of at least 100,000 impoverished people. But an Associated Press investigation found that the federal government has tried to clean up fewer than a dozen...

5 years 9 hours ago

EPA tightens limits on power plant water pollution

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to strengthen standards for water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The agency said Tuesday that equipment required to reduce air pollution has increased the harmful contaminants in water discharged by power plants. It also said that existing...

5 years 10 hours ago

Administration to unveil new fuel economy rules

The Obama administration is unveiling plans to require higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and tougher rules on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson planned to release the proposed regulations Tuesday. They call for the auto industry's fleet of new vehicles to...

5 years 11 hours ago

BASF gets EPA approval for new herbicide

German chemical company BASF SE says it has received U.S. approval to market a new herbicide to battle broadleaf weeds resistant to a chemical in commonly used herbicides like Roundup. BASF said Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency has approved its Kixor herbicide for use in four products that will be...

5 years 4 days ago

EPA identifies 79 coal mine permits for review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified 79 coal mine permit applications in four Appalachian states for additional scrutiny. The agency said Friday it wants to make certain the proposed surface mines won't cause water pollution and violate the Clean Water Act. The mines are in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio...

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