U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News

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 …

GenX Undetected in Bloodstreams of North Carolina Chemical Plant Neighbors

Dozens of neighbors of a North Carolina chemical plant had industrial compounds in their bloodstreams, but tests by state and federal health officials outlined Tuesday didn’t find the much-debated and little-studied one they were looking for. None of the 30 …

Maine, EPA, Tribes Spar Over Water Quality Rules

The state of Maine is locked in a legal battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a pair of American Indian tribes about the way clean water standards apply in and around tribal lands. Maine is arguing in the …

EPA Settles With Georgia Manufacturing Plant Over Hazardous Emissions

Federal authorities say they’ve reached a settlement with a Georgia manufacturing plant which had been cited for failing to take steps to prevent hazardous air emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced that Decostar Industries Inc. of Carrollton …

North Carolina Regulators Say Chemours Lied About Chemical Discharge ‘For Years’

North Carolina should tackle an emerging problem of water and air pollution from little-studied industrial chemicals by beefing up the state’s health and environmental agencies, Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday. Cooper proposed spending $14.5 million to help improve the ability …

Lawsuits over Arkema Chemical Disaster in Texas Add Up

Note: This story originally ran in The Texas Tribune. Most of the houses along Crosby Eastgate Road in Southeast Texas and its neighboring streets are one-story outfits on sprawling green lots. In their driveways are spare trucks, old armchairs or …

Insurance Industry Making ‘Significant Contributions’ in Climate Change Battle, Report Shows

The insurance industry is making significant contributions to building socio-economic resilience to climate change and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in their role as risk management experts and investors, according to a new research report The report out …