Environmental Protection Agency News

Environmental Group Warns ‘Forever Chemicals’ Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water

The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made “forever chemicals” is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group. The …

Companies Face Class Action Suit Over Sugar Field Burns Plaguing Poor Florida Towns

For residents of the Glades, a string of poor, predominantly African American rural towns dotting the southern shore of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, the beginning of the annual sugar cane harvest in October means the arrival of “black snow.” “You’d hate …

Southeastern Grocers to Spend $4.2M to Settle Clean Air Act Violations

A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement with …

Houston Skies May Darken Again as Tank Farm Disaster-Site Teardown Begins

The company behind the four-day chemical blaze that cast a black plume over Houston earlier this year is preparing to destroy one of the tanks at the facility, raising the risk that the site could see “flash” fires. Intercontinental Terminals …

New Hampshire Sues 3M, DuPont, Other Chemical Companies

New Hampshire has sued eight companies including 3M and the DuPont Co. for damage it says has been caused by a class of potentially toxic chemicals found in pizza boxes, fast-food wrappers and drinking water. The substances – known collectively …

Costs Add Up for Texas Fuels Storage Operator After Fire, Chemical Spill

The costs of a massive fire and chemical spill at a Houston petrochemical facility in March have begun trickling out, with a local official on Monday estimating emergency response costs at $800,000 for the first two weeks of the disaster …

Chemical Plant Fires Renew Safety Debate in Oil-Friendly Texas

Two major chemical plant fires near Houston just 17 days apart closed schools, leaked toxic chemicals into coastal waters and killed a worker, but there’s a good chance they won’t lead to big industry crackdowns in oil-friendly Texas. Federal investigators …

U.S. Investigators to Begin Search for Cause of Texas Petrochemical Disaster

U.S. investigators hope this week for the first time to enter the site of a massive fuel fire and chemical spill outside Houston to begin the hunt for a cause and to determine whether the operator followed safety regulations. The …

Houston-Area Chemical Disaster Zone Remains No-Go Zone 2 Weeks After Blaze

Two weeks after a chemical storage complex near Houston erupted in flames and menaced tens of thousands of people with dangerous fumes, the site remains too hazardous for investigators to approach. Intercontinental Terminal Co. is still trying to drain millions …

Storage Tank Owner Sued by State, County Over Texas Petrochemical Fire

Texas officials on Tuesday sued owners of a Houston area petrochemical storage facility over a fire last week, alleging violations of environmental laws and seeking damages to cover response costs for the disaster that burned for days, releasing chemicals into …