Environmental Protection Agency News

Trump EPA Chief Tells Senators Climate Change ‘Not the Greatest Crisis’

U.S. President Donald Trump’s new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers on Wednesday he does not believe climate change is a major crisis, and would continue to undo Obama-era emission limits if confirmed. Trump nominated EPA Acting …

After State Ban Expires, EPA Approves Dicamba Use in Arkansas

A recent Environmental Protection Agency ruling clears the path for Arkansas farmers to use the herbicide dicamba on soybeans and cotton, ending a state-wide ban on the weed killer’s use. The federal agency on Oct. 31 announced the decision to …

Maryland Suing EPA on Power Plant Pollution in Other States

A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to Maryland’s request for a declaration that power plants in five upwind states are contributing to Maryland’s air quality problems. The judge on Wednesday ordered the EPA to take …

National Guard Helping After Chemicals Found in Delaware Town’s Wells

Delaware Governor John Carney has authorized the National Guard to assist residents of a southern Delaware town after the discovery of high levels of toxic chemicals in municipal wells. Authorities said that the Guard has provided two, 400-gallon portable water …

Terminix Fined $9.2M for Pesticide Use that Poisoned Delaware Family

A pest control company will pay more than $9 million in criminal fines tied to the use of a banned pesticide that sickened a Delaware family on vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2015. The News Journal of Wilmington …

EPA Appears to Ease Nuke Radiation Safeguards for First Responders

In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels. The …

FEMA Statement on Texas Toxic Sites Clarified by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency said on Sept. 24 it has recovered 517 containers filled with unidentified, potentially hazardous material found floating in or washed up along Texas waterways after the devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey receded. The agency’s statement sought …

EPA Won’t Say Which Texas Sites Toxic Waste Has Been Removed From After Harvey

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites …

EPA Wants 7 Oklahoma Oil Well Injection Sites Shuttered

The Environmental Protection Agency has requested oil producers stop injecting wastewater in seven well sites in northeast Oklahoma to halt saltwater contamination in the area. The EPA’s request comes nearly a year after the Bird Creek saltwater contamination first was …

Maryland Plans Lawsuit Against EPA Under Clean Air Act

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration announced plans Thursday to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, if the agency doesn’t respond to Maryland’s request to make sure power plants in neighboring states use pollution controls. Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department …