Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) News

EPA to Revisit Health Standards for Harmful Soot From Industrial Plants, Cars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it would re-examine health standards for harmful soot that the previous Trump administration had left unchanged. This is the latest federal air and water regulation that the Biden administration will revisit …

Inspector General Finds Trump EPA Officials Improperly Influenced Dicamba Approval

Environmental Protection Agency officials improperly influenced a decision to re-approve use of dicamba, a herbicide blamed for crop damage in hundreds of lawsuits, during the Trump administration, according to an internal agency report. “We found that the EPA’s 2018 decision …

Mississippi City Receives $492K Federal Grant to Map Contaminated Sites

A Mississippi city is getting a $492,000 federal grant to list and assess contaminated and abandoned industrial and commercial sites and to get local residents interested. Target areas are downtown Natchez and the Adams County Industrial Park, the Environmental Protection …

EPA Says Water OK to Drink in Miss. Capital City as Treatment System Struggles

Environmental Protection Agency officials met with Jackson leaders Tuesday to discuss severe issues with the water system in Mississippi’s capital city. They said fixing the system will take years and cost millions of dollars, but for now, it’s OK for …

Biden EPA Relaunches Website With Climate Change Indicators

After years of delays during the Trump administration, the EPA released its new climate indicators, which show Americans are already feeling effects on their health and safety. Heat waves across the country are more frequent, more intense, and last longer. …

South Carolina Plant Draws 17K Complaints Over ‘Noxious’ Odor

A South Carolina cardboard factory has found itself in the middle of a stinky situation as environmental regulators order it to lower emissions after receiving thousands of complaints relating to a “noxious,” rotten egg-like smell coming from the plant. The …

EPA Denies Ban; Permits Farmers’ Use of Dicamba-Based Weed Killers for Five Years

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it will allow farmers to spray crops with weed killers based on the chemical dicamba that are sold by Bayer AG and other companies, after a U.S. appeals court blocked sales in …

Trump EPA Saves Coal Plants Millions with Delay on Coal Ash Pond Closures

The Trump administration will let some leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash storage ponds stay in operation for years more and some unlined ponds stay open indefinitely under a rule change announced last Friday. The move by the Environmental Protection …

VW Asks Court to Reconsider ‘Staggering’ Damages for Counties Over Diesel Emissions

Volkswagen AG’s wholly owned U.S. subsidiary on Thursday asked the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that said two counties could seek financial penalties over excess diesel emissions that might cost the German automaker billions of …

EPA Report: North Carolina Chemours Plant Chemical Release Went Unchecked for Years

Environmental regulators did not inspect a North Carolina chemical facility for eight years even though it was under a federal agreement to prevent the release of a potentially toxic substance known as PFAS. WRAL reports that the revelation was made …