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Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA Downgrades Air Quality
in Colorado, Forcing Changes
Sep 17, 2022 1:30 PM CDT
EPA Downgrades Air Quality in Colorado, Forcing Changes
Tweaked gasoline blend will cost consumers more
- After missing a deadline last summer to improve air quality, Denver and the northern Front Range of Colorado are in for tougher federal regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that the areas now are classified as "severe" violators of air standards, the
reports. Refineries will have...
Supreme Court Hands Loss
to Green Advocates
Jun 30, 2022 9:23 AM CDT
Supreme Court Hands Loss to Green Advocates
Justices limit EPA's ability to limit emissions from power plants
- In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation's main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air...
They Were Sold
the American Dream,
Got a Toxic Mess
Apr 10, 2022 4:15 PM CDT
They Were Sold the American Dream, Got a Toxic Mess
Residents of NOLA's Gordon Plaza are sitting on contaminated land
- For an egregious example of environmental injustice
look no farther than Gordon Plaza, a housing development in NOLA's Upper Ninth Ward. As Darryl Fears writes for the
the neighborhood's story begins in the late 1970s. "Racist housing covenants, redlining, and legal racial separation" had kept...
EPA Rule for Trucks Would Cut
Some Emissions by 90%
Mar 7, 2022 7:20 PM CST
EPA Rule for Trucks Would Cut Some Emissions by 90%
Environmental groups urge moving quickly toward 100%
- The Biden administration is proposing stronger pollution regulations for new tractor-trailer rigs that would clean up smoky diesel engines and encourage new technologies over the next two decades. The proposal released Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency would require the industry to cut smog- and soot-forming nitrogen oxide emissions by...
SCOTUS Hears Case That
Could Doom Biden Climate Plan
Feb 28, 2022 8:10 PM CST
SCOTUS Hears Case That Could Doom Biden Climate Plan
Case against EPA could severely restrict power of federal agencies
- The Supreme Court heard a case Monday that could end up limiting the power of the Environmental Protection Agency—and every other government agency. The court heard two hours of arguments on whether the EPA should have the authority to regulate power plants, and some members of the court's...
USPS Says It Can't Afford
to Make New Fleet Electric
Feb 9, 2022 4:45 PM CST
USPS Says It Can't Afford to Make New Fleet Electric
EPA calls plan to make 90% of new vehicles gas-powered a 'crucial lost opportunity'
- The United States Postal Service is replacing its delivery fleet for the first time in 30 years—and critics including the Environmental Protection Agency aren't happy about plans to make most of the new vehicles gas-guzzlers. Under current plans, only 10% of the fleet's 165,000 new delivery...
EPA Says New Fuel-Economy
Rule Is a 'Giant Step Forward'
Dec 20, 2021 12:46 PM CST
EPA Says New Fuel-Economy Rule Is a 'Giant Step Forward'
Biden sets ambitious new standards
- In a major step to fight climate change, the Biden administration is raising vehicle mileage standards to significantly reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases. A final rule being issued Monday would raise mileage standards starting in the 2023 model year, reaching a projected industry-wide target of 40 miles per gallon...
A Controversial Pesticide
Is Banned From Food Crops
Aug 19, 2021 11:32 AM CDT
A Controversial Pesticide Is Banned From Food Crops
EPA prohibits use of chlorpyrifos, overruling the Trump administration
- A long-running battle over a controversial pesticide is over—the EPA has banned the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops, reports NPR . The insecticide has been used for decades on crops, particularly soybeans, fruit trees, nut trees, broccoli, and cauliflower, per the AP . However, studies have linked it to neurological...
EPA's First Climate Update
Since 2016 Is Dire
May 13, 2021 8:43 AM CDT
EPA's First Climate Update Since 2016 Is Dire
'Americans are seeing and feeling the impacts up close with increasing regularity'
- The EPA's website dedicated to climate change indicators wasn't updated once under the Trump administration. Now, it's been given a facelift —and a disturbing one at that. The US is in unprecedented territory with the effects of climate change intensifying even since 2016, according to the...
Popular Flea Collar Linked
to Pet Deaths, Human Injuries
Mar 2, 2021 1:09 PM CST
Popular Flea Collar Linked to Pet Deaths, Human Injuries
EPA says Seresto flea and tick collars remain safe enough for sale
- Hundreds of pet deaths and thousands of injuries to pets and humans have been linked to one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the US, according to documents from the EPA. However, there has been no warning about the Seresto collar made by Bayer and sold by...
Trump Administration Won't
Tighten Air Quality Standards
Dec 7, 2020 7:02 PM CST
Trump Administration Won't Tighten Air Quality Standards
EPA scientists were among the experts who wanted a change
- Despite evidence of the harmful effects of air pollution on people with COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, the Trump administration has decided against tightening soot standards. The Environmental Protection Agency instead will lock in limits put in place by President Obama's administration in 2012 for another five years. Experts...
in Second Term
Sep 3, 2020 7:10 PM CDT
EPA Would Change Focus in Second Term
Andrew Wheeler says the agency will return to its previous approach
- Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Thursday defended the Trump administration's record on protecting the nation's air and water and said a second term would bring a greater focus on pollution cleanups in disadvantaged communities and less emphasis on climate change. In a speech marking the agency'...
Plan to Release GMO
Mosquitoes Moves Ahead
Jun 18, 2020 1:46 PM CDT
Plan to Release GMO Mosquitoes Moves Ahead
Florida approves experiment, though a last hurdle remains
- A plan to set loose 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and Texas will move forward despite concerns from environmentalists who liken it to a "Jurassic Park experiment." The non-biting male
mosquitoes developed by British biotechnology company Oxitec contain a protein, passed to biting female...
Water Protections in
Place for Decades
to Be Gone Within Days
Jan 23, 2020 9:35 AM CST
Water Protections in Place for Decades to Be Gone Within Days
Lawsuits expected to follow rule change under Trump
- In the end, government scientists couldn't sway him. President Trump's administration is expected to finalize a change to an Obama-era regulation protecting many US wetlands and streams as soon as Thursday. "More than half the nation's wetlands, and hundreds of thousands of small waterways" will lose...
Dec 7, 2019 8:15 AM CST
Trump: EPA's Looking Into Toilets That Need Repeat Flushes
What also has apparently gone down the toilet: chance WH lawyers show at impeachment hearing
- The White House has RSVP'd, sort of, to an invite to send lawyers to the next impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. "House Democrats have wasted enough of America's time with this charade," White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote Friday in a note to committee...
Man Who Defied Nixon
During Watergate Dead at 87
Nov 28, 2019 2:45 AM CST
Man Who Defied Nixon During Watergate Dead at 87
Doyle Ruckelshaus famously quit his job in the US Justice Department
- William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the US Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The lifelong...
Fired EPA Scientists to Issue
Air Quality Findings Anyway
Oct 11, 2019 5:01 PM CDT
Fired EPA Scientists to Issue Air Quality Findings Anyway
Group says remaining government panel isn't qualified
- Scientific experts who were kicked off an EPA panel last year assessing air quality standards are going to issue their report on pollution anyway. The EPA plans to issue its findings reached without these experts later this month, NBC reports. The 20 scientists and researchers now working independently said the...
'Clean Water Rule'
Sep 12, 2019 1:43 PM CDT
Trump Administration Dropping Obama-Era 'Clean Water Rule'
EPA chief calls it an 'egregious power grab,' but environmentalists are concerned
- The Trump administration is revoking an Obama-era regulation that shielded many US wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Even before the official announcement, scheduled for later Thursday, environmental groups blasted the administration's...
Good News for the
99.9% of Commenters
Against Cyanide Bombs
Aug 16, 2019 8:30 AM CDT
Good News for the 99.9% of Commenters Against Cyanide Bombs
EPA backtracks on its interim decision
- The Environmental Protection Agency is reversing course just a week after reauthorizing use of "cyanide bombs" to kill wild animals that pose a threat to livestock. Public outcry followed the decision to continue to allow the spring-loaded devices that spray sodium cyanide into the mouths of coyotes, foxes, and...
EPA Mandate to City: Hand
Out Bottled Water ASAP
Aug 12, 2019 7:23 AM CDT
EPA Mandate to City: Hand Out Bottled Water ASAP
In Newark, NJ, filters to keep lead out didn't work, leading to recommendation for bottled water
- In what the
New York Times
calls "an echo of Flint," a New Jersey city that's handed out nearly 40,000 filters to help protect residents whose water flows through old lead pipes now says those filters might not be working and is moving to Plan B....
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