U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

Agency Says Asbestos Cleanup Complete in Montana Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of all required cleanup activities within a unit of a Montana Superfund site. The federal agency removed a portion of an asbestos-contaminated mining operation in Libby from its National Priorities List, The …

Ex-Tenant Sues Oregon RV Park for $555K over Living Conditions

A former tenant at an RV park south of Warrenton, Ore., has filed a lawsuit against the owner alleging negligence over living conditions in a trailer. Sandra Holloway moved into a “dry trailer” at Sunset Lake Resort & RV Par …

EPA Eases Safety Requirements Enacted after Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Days before President Barack Obama left office in 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule aimed at preventing tragedies like the 2013 explosion and fire in the tiny Central Texas town of West that killed a dozen first …

BP North America Fined $71K for 2018 Diesel Fuel Spill in Iowa

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says BP North America must pay a fine of more than $71,000 for a diesel spill last year in northeast Iowa. The EPA said the fine is for violations of the Clean Water Act. BP …

Toxic Gas, EPA Silence Raise Concerns for Residents Near Georgia Factories

Residents near two Georgia plants which have emitted toxic gas say they’re furious that the government did not alert the public about a federal report on potential health dangers. Hundreds of people packed two recent town hall meetings in Marietta …

EPA Official: Montana Site Suited for Superfund Status

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says a Montana area emitting toxic vapors is a candidate to become a federal Superfund site. The Billings Gazette reports contaminants from old dry cleaning solvents are evaporating at several spots in an 855-acre …

EPA Drilling into Colorado Mine for Superfund Cleanup Investigation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to drill a test well into an inactive mine tunnel in southwestern Colorado to get information for a Superfund cleanup, the agency said. The EPA said it will drill into the American Tunnel next …

Sand-Bag Barrier in Mississippi Overwhelmed by River Flooding

Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out …

Alabama Coal Firm to Pay $775K in Air Pollution Penalties

One of Alabama’s largest coal companies has agreed to pay $775,000 in penalties related to air pollution violations near Birmingham. Al.com reported Feb 12. that the proposed Drummond Company settlement comes nearly eight years after violations were discovered during a …

EPA Investigating GenX Production at Chemours’ North Carolina Plant

A chemical maker’s North Carolina plant may have broken federal law by failing to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before it started manufacturing and repurposing new industrial compounds, the agency said this week. The Chemours Co. also failed to …