U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Maryland Suing EPA on Power Plant Pollution in Other States

Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The …

Legislators Struggle Over How to Handle Chemicals in North Carolina Water

North Carolina legislators are grappling with the growing knowledge that industries have discharged unstudied chemicals into the state’s waters for years, and that a recent upsurge in concern carries the risk of political blame. The unregulated chemical GenX that for …

Hurricane Harvey-Caused Oil, Chemical Spills Dwarfed by Katrina’s

More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters …

U.S. Investigating Arkema’s Safety Practices After Texas Fires

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether chemical maker Arkema SA followed safety rules at its Crosby, Texas, plant where chemical containers exploded and burned for days after flooding from Hurricane Harvey, an EPA official said. The EPA sent …

North Carolina Officials to Test Unregulated Chemical in Groundwater at Plant

Environmental officials say they’ll test groundwater for people living near a North Carolina chemical plant after finding worrying signs of an unregulated and little-studied compound. The state Department of Environmental Quality said Sept. 6 it’s acting on limited information that …

Oklahoma Property Among Most Contaminated in Nation, EPA Says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add a property in central Oklahoma to the Superfund program’s list of most contaminated sites. The EPA announced Monday its intent to add Eagle Industries in the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest …

Regulators Fine Georgia County $294K for Sewage Spills

DeKalb County in Georgia has been fined $294,000 for spilling sewage into public waterways and underreporting the number of spills to environmental regulators. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the fines were levied this week. The largest part of the fine, $147,500, …

Carbon Monoxide Leak Sickens 32 People in New York City

A carbon monoxide leak in a building three blocks from the World Trade Center sickened 32 people and raised alarm that shuttered several busy blocks in lower Manhattan at the start of the workday Tuesday, authorities said. The problem ultimately …

Florida’s New Tactic to Fight Zika: Release of 20K Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes

Thousands of bacteria-infected mosquitoes were released in the wild Tuesday near Key West, testing a new way to kill mosquitoes that carry Zika and other viruses. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District released 20,000 male mosquitoes infected by the Kentucky-based …

Losses from Colorado Mine Spill Could Be Far Less than Feared

Economic damage from a Colorado mine waste spill caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be far less than originally feared after attorneys drastically reduced some of the larger claims, The Associated Press has learned. Farmers, business owners, residents …