Another EPA case involving pesticides in pet collars took 12 years, several studies and legal intervention before the EPA resolved it.
President Biden yesterday nominated a well-known scholar and former prosecutor to lead the EPA enforcement office.
[New Dawn] Citizens in the port City of Harper, Maryland County are seeking the intervention of the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA in their county.
Anna Wildeman, a former top Trump EPA official in the Office of Water, is joining the law firm Troutman Pepper.
Donna Vizian and Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, two top career officials often at the center of the storm at the Trump EPA, are leaving the agency later this summer.
EPA is delaying for a second time the effective date of new regulations for lead and copper in drinking water that were hammered out under the Trump administration.
A Trump-era playbook that set the stage for a controversial decision on a key air pollutant remains in effect five months into the Biden administration, an agency spokesman confirmed yesterday, underscoring questions about how EPA is handling other Trump guidance that could more immediately impact air quality.
Despite substantial improvement in recent years, EPA is still routinely missing its own one-year deadline for acting on states' air quality plan submissions, according to a new report by the agency's inspector general that grew out of a 2019 clash between the Trump administration and California.
EPA is proposing its first-ever reporting requirements under a key toxics law for "forever chemicals" and withdrawing Trump-era guidance that the agency says "weakened" protections against the family of toxic substances.
EPA took steps yesterday to ditch Trump-era changes to its Environmental Appeals Board, an avenue for communities and environmental groups to protest environmental permits.
EPA has taken a step in the direction of adding a possible carcinogen to its list of regulated hazardous air pollutants.
EPA determined Friday that a proposed copper-nickel mine in Minnesota may pollute waters in Wisconsin and on a Native American reservation, a finding that could jeopardize a key permit for the long-planned PolyMet project.
[FrontPageAfrica] Congo Town -- A group of young climate activists, under the banner "Coalition of Green Ambassadors and Human Rights Activists" on Thursday petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the establishment of an Environmental Court in Liberia.
A New Mexico lawmaker, voicing alarm about the potential effect on air quality in a border area, is asking EPA to intervene in a Texas utility's plans to add a natural gas-fired generating turbine to an El Paso power plant.
A bipartisan group of 36 senators is calling on the chamber's top two appropriators to prioritize full funding for a program that is relied upon heavily by communities situated near or on public lands.
Conserving bird habitat can also help cut greenhouse gas emission buildup, a new National Audubon Society study finds.
EPA is standing by its decision to allow an experimental fish farm in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, handing a setback to environmental groups challenging the proposal.
The Environment Secretary sparked a fresh Cabinet trade war yesterday, suggesting a carbon tax could be slapped on food imports from polluting countries to protect farmers.
The chief executive ignores the fact that public participation has been minimal, details of jobs to be created are missing and the greenhouse gas emissions will be way off the Paris Agreement target
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EPA next week will launch a series of public meetings in communities across the nation to discuss revisions to the Trump-era Lead and Copper Rule, with a focus on those most at risk of exposure.
Hague court orders oil giant to cut its carbon emissions including those of its suppliers and users by 45% by 2030
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President Biden could get a jump-start on his administration's aggressive conservation pledge by using executive authority to set aside more than 3.2 million acres of public lands as new national monuments, one environmental group argues in a new report out today.
[Daily Maverick] South Africa believes that agreements reached through multilateral forums must be implemented in good faith. We are therefore pleased that the US under President Joe Biden has taken steps to return to the multilateral fold by rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organisation and its leadership on negating vaccine nationalism.
A £31billion scheme to subsidise a wood-burning power station aiming to help the Government meet its 'net zero' greenhouse gas with taxpayers' money is a green con, claim environmentalists.
Trump EPA officials purposely veered from the agency's principles of scientific integrity to approve continued use of the weedkiller dicamba on genetically modified crops, the agency has admitted.
The Biden administration is formally killing a Trump regulation that would have limited the science EPA could use to craft future environmental and public health protections.
EPA managers have an extraordinarily large pool of contenders to choose from in repopulating their premier panel for dispensing outside advice on scientific and technical matters, according to a list released late yesterday.
The Alliance for Market Solutions is launching a new advocacy effort — backed by big corporate names — to get Republicans on board with a carbon tax.
A coalition of groups is suing EPA over its assessment of the dangers posed by asbestos, a move that comes amid a wave of escalating criticism over other chemical evaluations.
EPA is no longer requiring masks for fully vaccinated people in its facilities, stoking fears among staff about potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
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EPA, warning of imminent danger to nearby residents, resorted today to rarely used emergency powers to order a halt to all operations at the Limetree Bay refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
EPA and its largest employee union have reached a provisional agreement, setting the stage for new contract talks after the tumult of the Trump era at the agency.
Science Returns to EPA Science Advisory Committees
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 11:49
The Dominican Republic opened the 2021 virtual Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week with a pledge to increase the country’s climate ambition by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 27 percent and maintaining progress towards climate neutrality according to the goals of the Paris Agreement. “For us, climate action is not just about mitigation. […]
What former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler last year lauded as a generational shift in administrative procedures for guidance documents has been revoked only eight months later by his successor.
Even as then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to overhaul his agency and increase coordination across bureaus, the Trump administration not so quietly dismantled a conservation program aimed at doing just that among federal, state, tribal and private landowners.
EPA will award $723,000 in grants to monitor beach water quality and set up public notification programs in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska, officials announced yesterday.
After ousting the entire membership of a key advisory panel in March, EPA Administrator Michael Regan can now choose from an unusually large pool of potential replacements, including four of the same people he previously fired, according to a newly released roster of candidates .
EPA Administrator Michael Regan late last week intervened in what is being described as a civil rights case in the southeast side of Chicago, in an overburdened majority-Latino community where another car shredder is proposed.
One of the most obscure jobs at EPA will soon hold sway over several of the agency's most contentious policies and some of the Biden administration's top priorities.
EPA should launch new reviews of air emission standards for two toxic chemicals to better account for their cancer-causing potential and to further the pursuit of environmental justice for hundreds of thousands of people, the agency's in-house watchdog said in a wide-ranging report released today.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan in his first visit to Iowa joined state and city officials yesterday to announce the future plans for a sprawling former industrial site at a high-profile spot on the edge of downtown Des Moines.
In an effort to tout the Biden administration's infrastructure plan, EPA Administrator Michael Regan is traveling to Iowa and Missouri this week, with stops at toxic waste sites, an ethanol plant and water treatment facilities.
[New Republic] The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) is expected to commence a nationwide chemical inventory and effluent quality monitoring across the country beginning Wednesday May 5th. 2021
The EPA is set to announce a rule to gradually bring down production of hydrofluorocarbons, a greenhouse gas thought to have an significant impact on warming temperatures.
EPA may consider crafting a new rule fleshing out the Supreme Court's test for determining if groundwater pollution is subject to federal permitting requirements, a transition official for the Biden administration told an audience of environmental lawyers last week.
[New Dawn] The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) is on Wednesday, 5 May 2021 expected to commence a nationwide chemical inventory and effluent quality monitoring across the country.
A Halifax biotech company that is working on growing fish food from greenhouse gases has received new funding.
EPA Refused to Ban Three Toxic Chemicals
Thu, 04/29/2021 - 14:11
A federal appeals court today said that EPA must ban foods containing a harmful insecticide — or show it can find some level of the chemical that is safe for children.
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EPA will form a council devoted to addressing "forever chemicals" as the Biden administration seeks to escalate its work around the issue.
Plus: EPA takes aim at Trump-era attack on California vehicle emissions standards; California losing a seat in U.S. House
The Environmental Protection Agency will grant California permission to set stricter tailpipe emission standards for cars and SUVs, the agency announced Monday.
What the Trump administration revoked in the name of national uniformity, the Biden administration is now poised to restore as a crucial tool for cutting greenhouse gas releases from tens of millions of vehicles.
EPA officials deemed the agency's phased reopening approach crafted under the Trump administration immaterial as they relaunched an internal tool to track the COVID-19 pandemic.
EPA's inspector general is poised to recommend that the agency conduct fresh reviews of air toxics emissions standards for industries that emit two pollutants, according to a recent memo from acting air chief Joe Goffman.
As President Biden today formally heralded a goal of halving the United States' greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, two agencies are proceeding on a tag-team approach to restoring California's traditional authority to set its own stricter tailpipe emission standards.
The highly anticipated announcement roughly doubles a target set by President Barack Obama in 2015 as part of the Paris climate accord.
The Interior Department today announced the transfer of nearly 19,000 acres of public lands that make up the National Bison Range, reverting ownership of the "crown jewel" of the National Wildlife Refuge System to two Montana tribes.
EPA has embarked on a bumpy road in repairing relations with its employee unions.
In a move applauded by a powerful trade group, EPA will reconsider the cancer risks posed by a controversial gas commonly used for sterilizing medical equipment and making household cleaners, among other purposes.
EPA is imposing additional pollutant monitoring requirements on the troubled Limetree Bay refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The EPA inspector general's office announced today that it would probe the agency's enforcement approach that relies on energy companies to self-report environmental crimes.
EPA this afternoon convened a virtual hearing on its scientific integrity policy, following a Biden memo directing the agency to review all past allegations.
Three environmental groups today urged the Biden administration to help revive a widely popular tool that allowed polluters to carry out EPA-sanctioned projects in exchange for lower fines.
The American Petroleum Institute announced a handful of new hires to its federal advocacy team Friday, including a former EPA official under the Trump administration.
Programmers can manipulate the maps on smartphones or satellite images on computers to appear different than how they are. Now researchers are warning that the technology could be used to cook images of public lands and natural disasters.
EPA today said it will end the use of the weedkiller propazine, reversing the Trump administration's embrace of the farm chemical shown to harm dozens of endangered species.
EPA has pledged to require reporting on asbestos uses and exposure in a landmark settlement and major win for activists in their fight against the notorious carcinogen.
EPA might try to toughen hazardous air pollutant standards for coal-fired power plants in the course of revisiting one of the Trump administration's most incendiary environmental moves, according to the agency's acting air chief Joe Goffman in an interview with E&E News.
The Interior Department this week quietly submitted to the White House its recommendations on Trump-era cuts to a pair of national monuments in Utah, a step that proponents of the sites hope could soon result in the restoration of protections to more than 2 million acres of public lands.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is ready to welcome back visitors eager to get out and experience the wonders of public lands after more than a year dealing with the restrictions of pandemic life.
The Biden administration's focus on environmental crimes is forcing the Justice Department to take a more proactive approach on prosecuting polluters, a government lawyer said today.
In a release, the NPS said the 56-year-old fell from the summit ridge of Mount Russell and plummeted around 500 feet to his death on Monday while hiking with two others.
EPA has expanded its press team, bringing on a former communications official for Democratic presidential campaigns.
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Conservation International (CI), in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Aether has certificated several technicians from various line ministries as Green House Gas (GHG) inventory experts.
Efforts to manipulate the Earth's temperature through geoengineering could prove more expensive and more politically fraught than combating climate warming through greenhouse gas emissions reductions, experts say.
Despite the pandemic-related lockdowns across the country, air quality in parts of the United States deteriorated markedly last year, with the bulk of the backsliding found in the wildfire-plagued West, according to newly released EPA data.
Additional public lands agencies in Arizona are imposing restrictions on campfires and smoking due to wildfire activity and dry conditions.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today approved three of President Biden's nominees for top slots at EPA and the Interior Department, but not before Republicans voiced concern about the fate of key Trump-era rules.
Patrick Davis, a Trump EPA veteran, is back in political consulting.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is taking lottery applications to harvest alligators on public lands.
EPA should expand its required testing of pesticides to reflect risks to soil organisms, environmental groups said in a petition to the agency.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan has pledged the agency will end its backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan hit cable news this week to back President Biden's plan to replace gasoline cars with electric ones — without forfeiting American jobs.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan told agency employees that there are no dates set yet for when staff will return to the office and that he wants to hear from EPA employees on what their post-pandemic work life should look like.
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EPA Administrator Michael Regan is stepping back from five cases before the agency, ranging from litigation over the Clean Water Act to actions related to air pollution.
EPA must revisit and tighten Trump-era hazard standards for lead-based paint, a federal appeals court ruled today.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered a controversial refinery on St. Croix to stay shut indefinitely on the grounds that it poses an "imminent" threat to people’s health, the most aggressive move the Biden administration has taken yet to address the harm caused by U.S. oil industry.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said last night she has "no doubt" about the value of millions of acres of public lands that former President Trump culled from two national monuments in Utah but emphasized there is no time frame yet for when President Biden could restore those sites.
EPA's inspector general today issued another damning report showing the agency's pursuit of polluters violating federal air, water and toxics laws has plummeted.
EPA has room for improvement on efforts to reduce plastics and other waste in waterways, the agency's watchdog found in a report released yesterday.
EPA yesterday announced more than $66 million in grants to 151 communities nationwide to assess and clean up contaminated or abandoned brownfields — industrial and commercial properties that contain a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan this week promised "to move with urgency" to address children's health issues. Regan's comments marked a welcome change in tone for top experts in a field they said was routinely ignored and underfunded by the Trump administration.
A Trump EPA regional administrator has landed at a top D.C. firm known for its work advising the chemicals industry.
A bipartisan pair of lawmakers have reintroduced the carbon tax bill first drawn up by former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.).
About a third of all human greenhouse emissions in history have happened since 1997, when world leaders adopted the Kyoto Protocol with an ambition of ...
The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it was weighing whether a controversial refinery on St. Croix posed "an imminent risk to people's health" after a third accident in the span of three months sickened local residents and forced some schools to close.
David Ross, President Trump's top EPA water official, is endorsing Radhika Fox as his predecessor under the Biden administration.
EPA Finalized Rule that Eliminated Safeguards for Industrial Pollution
Tue, 05/04/2021 - 14:23
A former top EPA official in the Trump administration has joined law and lobbying firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
An accelerating push to eventually end the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles has gotten a noteworthy boost from Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Tom Carper (D-Del.).
Andrew Wheeler, who was EPA administrator under the Trump administration, is heading to a prominent conservative think tank.
The EPA plans to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are used in refrigerators and air conditioners. When HFCs are released into the atmosphere, they are extremely good at trapping heat.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed on Monday a rule that would sharply cut the use and production of hydrofluorocarbons, powerful greenhouse gases used widely in refrigeration and air conditioning. The proposal, a phase down of 85 percent over the next 15 years, marks the first time the Biden administration has used the power of the federal government to mandate a cut in climate pollution.
Tim Glenn writes that it is no surprise that Utah doesn’t get its fair share of public lands money
EPA Sidelined Scientists and Weakened PFAS Assessment
Thu, 04/29/2021 - 13:53
EPA is narrowing a loophole that has allowed some "forever chemicals" to enter the market as the Biden administration ramps up its efforts around the controversial family of toxic substances.
The Senate took a step this afternoon toward confirming President Biden's nominee to be deputy administrator of EPA.
When EPA Administrator Michael Regan fired every member of two science advisory panels in March, he was trying to send an unequivocal message: It's a new day for scientific integrity. Now near the end of President Biden's first 100 days, Regan is navigating rough political terrain, with EPA center stage as Biden pursues a sweeping policy agenda.
The new study led by University of Chicago proposes that Mars could have had a thin layer of icy, high-altitude clouds that caused a greenhouse effect.
A recently restarted refinery is under investigation by EPA and U.S. Virgin Islands officials after its second accidental air release this year.
Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Virgin Islands officials are investigating a second accident at controversial refinery in St. Croix, which released noxious fumes into the air and forced some schools to close. The release of hydrogen sulfide, less than two months after the Limetree Bay refinery showered oil on a neighboring community, has raised fresh questions about the operation.
Utah received about $7.3 million for projects on public lands and the state's members of Congress say it deserved much more. They sent a letter to the Interior Department demanding to know what happened.
The Senate will soon cast its vote on a top EPA nominee in the Biden administration, as well as a $35 billion infrastructure package that zeroes in on the nation's crumbling wastewater infrastructure.
In the wake of a shifting political landscape, activists and archeologists are renewing efforts to protect more land as national monuments
EPA was faulted for failing to properly disclose staff concerns about a proposed copper-nickel mine in Minnesota and for failing to determine whether runoff from the operation would affect local tribes in a watchdog report.