Environmental Protection Agency News

Occidental to Pay $190M in New Jersey River Pollution Case

Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s chemical unit agreed to pay $190 million to cover its liability for the cleanup of the Passaic River in northern New Jersey, state officials said. Occidental Chemical is the legal successor to Diamond Shamrock Chemical Co., which …

Asbestos Complaint Forces Idaho Agency to Pay $56,000

The Environmental Protection Agency says Idaho inmates were exposed to asbestos when they were sent to work at an Idaho Transportation Department maintenance shop without proper training or equipment. The federal agency announced Tuesday that the Idaho Transportation Department has …

New Jersey Superfund Site Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

A lawsuit filed against a New Jersey town and county and the Army Corps of Engineers over the nearly $80 million cleanup of a Raritan Bay Superfund site can proceed, a federal judge ruled last week. U.S. District Judge Michael …

Climate Change Bottom-Line Talk Grows, S&P Director Says

Companies and governments worldwide are changing their behaviors and examining their risks in the face of climate change, a managing director for Standard & Poor’s said as he held up the insurance industry as a good example of how to …

EU Notes Its Success in Climate Change Goals as UN Talks Start

The European Union touted its success in cutting greenhouse gases at U.N. talks on climate change on Wednesday, where a U.S. plan to cut power plant emissions has lifted hopes for a global deal in 2015. An adviser to the …

Oversight Chair Questions Safety At New Mexico Nuke Dump

The recent truck fire and radiation release from the government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico were “near misses” at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies, the head of an independent oversight agency …

North Carolina Joins EPA Action, Scuttles Coal Ash Deal with Duke Energy

North Carolina regulators have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution. The …

Flooding Another ‘Unprecedented’ Event for Colorado

Another disaster plaguing the state, widespread flooding in Colorado is being viewed as an “unprecedented” event in which losses will take quite some time to calculate – although there are more immediate lessons to be learned. Thousands are missing, tens …

Senate Bill on Chemical Safety Runs Into Roadbloack

A bipartisan measure on federal toxic chemical standards would undercut state efforts, the head of a Senate committee said in comments that may imperil a compromise to overhaul U.S. consumer-safety regulations. Senator Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Environment and Public …

Fracking Tied to Drinking Water Damage by EPA Regional Official

Gas drilling caused “significant damage” to drinking-water aquifers in a Pennsylvania town at the center of a fight over the safety of hydraulic fracturing, according to a report prepared by a federal official. The previously unreleased document from an employee …