EPA News

Group Suing Chemical Giant Dow over Pesticide Used in California

Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Telone is among the most commonly used pesticides in …

Massachusetts Firm to Pay EPA $199K Over Hazardous Waste Claims

A Massachusetts company that manufactures materials used in laboratory analysis has agreed to pay $199,500 to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it violated state and federal hazardous waste laws. Waters Technologies Corp., based in Taunton, …

EPA Nails Tesoro’s Washington Oil Refinery for Safety Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash. nearly $720,000 for alleged safety violations. The EPA said last week it filed a complaint seeking penalties for violations found during two facility inspections in 2011. …

Idaho Ski Park Developer Settles with EPA over Asbestos Violation

A Boise, Idao ski and snowboard park developer has agreed to pay the federal government $10,000 to settle a claim that it violated asbestos removal regulations. The Idaho Statesman reported that Gateway Parks LLC was accused of not giving the …

Oregon Ice Cream Company Pays $55K Fine in EPA Settlement

The Oregon Ice Cream Co. has agreed to pay $55,000 for violating federal safety rules at its Eugene plant. In 2011, Environmental Protection Agency inspectors found that the company failed to meet industry safety standards for its ammonia refrigeration equipment …

Cleanup Plan Finally Approved For Contaminated Montana Town

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted final approval this week to a costly cleanup program for a Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos poisoning. The agency’s action comes more than 15 years …

EPA Finalizes $14M Plan to Clean Soil at Former Sherwin-Williams Plant Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Wednesday that it has finalized a $14 million plan to clean up contaminated soil from homes at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund site in Gibbsboro and Voorhees, New Jersey. The EPA’s decision calls for …

Sierra Club Dragging State Farm into Climate Change Battle

A State Farm executive is coming under fire from activists for his position on the board of what some consider to be a “climate denier” group. Sierra Club, a progressive investor group and other activist organizations have been waging an …

Is Climate Change Now Its Own Industry?

Interest in climate change is becoming an increasingly powerful economic driver, so much so that some see it as an industry in itself whose growth is driven in large part by policymaking. The $1.5 trillion global “climate change industry” grew …

Some Asbestos to Remain in Montana Town Under Final EPA Plan

Federal regulators’ long-delayed final cleanup plan for a Montana mining town where thousands have been sickened by asbestos contamination would leave some of the deadly material where it sits, in the walls of houses, underground and elsewhere. The U.S. Environmental …