Environmental Protection Agency officials are exacerbated with one of Donald Trump's rally bits railing against inefficient water systems, especially regarding toilets and faucets.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today indicated he has no immediate plans to go back to K Street. If President Trump wins reelection in November, Wheeler — the former coal lobbyist who's led EPA since July 2018 — would like to continue serving in the Trump administration, he told reporters this afternoon.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Thursday the EPA had no announcement yet on how it will respond to a federal court decision addressing exemptions to U.S. biofuel blending laws.
A team of scientists from Radboud University in the Netherlands studied the greenhouse gas footprints of different ways people can shop in the UK.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is hinting at a potential breakthrough with the federal government on a carbon tax.
Joe Biden's White House bid has been rocked by a series of verbal slip-ups days before South Carolina's Democratic primary, a make-or-break contest as the former vice president struggles to reverse his campaign's slide. Eclipsed by a surging Bernie Sanders, Biden suggested to supporters Monday that he was campaigning "for the United States Senate" -- where he served for 36 years, until a decade ago. Biden also blundered by saying he had negotiated the 2015 Paris climate accord with China's Deng Xiaoping, who died in 1997.
EPA this month highlighted progress made in safeguarding water supplies over the past 50 years.
The Alberta Court of Appeal is to release its decision Monday in the province's challenge of the federal government's carbon tax.
The Environmental Protection Agency is at the epicenter of complaints about improper political interference by the Trump administration.
EPA yesterday announced it was awarding Virginia over $700,000 in grant funding to assist with identifying sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child care facilities.
EPA announced it will start the process of setting drinking water standards for two toxic chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that have contaminated drinking water supplies across the United States.
EPA awarded $2.4 million in grant funding to Pennsylvania for stream improvement projects slated to enhance waterways and protect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Power industry pollution again fell last year as overall emissions of three key pollutants all registered noteworthy drops, according to preliminary EPA data released today.
More than a dozen senators expressed frustration with EPA last week over its plans for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS.
FRISCO, Colo. — In his bid to knock Republican Sen. Cory Gardner out of office, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is seizing on public lands policy — vowing to expand wilderness areas in the state while also curbing new oil and gas leases on federal land.
Scientists have developed a new catalyst that can turn greenhouse gases into hydrogen fuel, gas and other chemicals.
Mandy Gunasekara, a former senior EPA official, is expected to return to the agency in a top role.
Trump administration EPA officials say their policies led to an increase in the number of businesses self-reporting violations last year.
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions increased 3.1% between 2017 and 2018, according to figures published yesterday by EPA.
Greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2018 for the first time in half a decade, according to a draft EPA inventory published today in the Federal Register .
Americans should be optimistic with the environmental progress we are making, writes EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
Refineries, power plants and other industrial polluters in Texas could find it easier to skirt financial consequences for some emissions violations under a newly approved carve-out to an Obama-era policy.
EPA isn't meeting its own goals for speeding reviews of new active ingredients in pesticides, the agency told Congress in budget documents yesterday.
The Trump administration is continuing to recommend cuts in money and staffing for EPA enforcement as it talks of partnerships with state enforcers and less punitive approaches to compliance.
California has asked EPA to take action on untreated wastewater from Mexico fouling San Diego beaches.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said experts chosen for high-stakes reviews of national air quality standards would help ensure scientific rigor. But some fear that pledge masks a strategy to sideline research not in sync with preordained results.
EPA will release more than $250,000 to a group of state environmental regulators, the agency said.
At least 19 U.S. refineries have released potentially harmful levels of benzene since January 2018, according to a watchdog group's analysis of recently released EPA data.
SALT LAKE CITY — A dispute over ownership of more than 35,000 miles of roads that transect public lands here in the Beehive State returned to federal court this week, where Utah state and local officials argued they are the rightful owners of routes across national monuments and wilderness areas.
The federal government has written into law that 90 per cent of the revenues collected from the fuel charge will be returned to individual households.
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EPA Restricts Scientific Advisory Committee from Weighing-in on Potentially Dangerous Chemicals
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Former deputy EPA air chief Clint Woods has left a senior-level job at Ohio State University just a few months after starting, according to a message today from a school dean.
SB 50 has died, and with it a chance for California to stop shoving homes into the hinterlands, forcing two-hour, freeway-clogging, greenhouse gas-emitting drives to work.
A federal court in Utah next week will attempt to resolve a long-running dispute over 35,000 miles of roads that crisscross public lands in the Beehive State — although both sides of the legal battle admit it's little more than a rest stop in a fight that could carry on for the foreseeable future.
EPA pushed back against a recent House Oversight and Reform Committee complaint alleging ethics violations at the agency — adding to a long saga over EPA recusals.
DETROIT — The Hummer, once a gas-guzzling target for environmentalists, is making a comeback. But this time around it won’t burn fuel or spew greenhouse gases. General Motors announced Thursday that it will start selling a battery-powered Hummer pickup truck in September of 2021. At least part of the new Hummer will be shown in...
When it comes to passenger cars, EPA is at war with California.
Fourteen U.S. states and Washington D.C. sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to fight what they called the Trump administration's effort to gut rules meant to improve safety at chemical plants and reduce the threat of accidents.
EPA sent a letter to lawmakers yesterday touting its efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay and blasting threats of litigation over cleanup plans.
EPA's Office of Inspector General is reviewing how the agency assesses pesticides for their human health risks, a subject that often lands EPA in court fights with environmental groups.
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There's a new sheriff at EPA.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is planning to sue EPA over lax enforcement of a regimen meant to reduce pollution in the watershed.
EPA can't legally exempt small refineries from biofuel-blending mandates unless the facilities were already freed from the requirement the prior year, a federal court has ruled.
The White House is reviewing a draft final proposal that would boost the stringency of U.S. vehicle emission standards by 1.5% annually from the 2021 through 2026 model years, a U.S. senator said Thursday, considerably lower than planned Obama-era standards.
EPA is poised to officially scrap an Obama-era haze reduction plan that would have required two coal-fired power plants in central Utah to install stringent new controls for nitrogen oxides.
US experts surveyed nearly 1,200 people and found that, on average, people were more willing to cover small increases in costs for flights with smaller emission levels.
The Bureau of Land Management is preparing to overhaul grazing regulations, including how it addresses scofflaw ranchers on public lands.
Eight state and national health and environment groups are asking EPA to take emergency action because they say Oregon regulators have failed to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near large dairies and feedlots.
"Failure to reverse greenhouse-gas emissions could herald the re-emergence of ideas to carry out geoengineering in the oceans. A new report considers the governance implications." LINK
EPA is offering states a new manual on how to account for pollution wafting in from other countries.
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), the country's sole environmental regulatory agency has fined the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) US$10,000 for possessing a banned chemical, which poses threats to human health in violation of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia (EPML).
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) have averted what could have been a serious public health threat when they seized a shipment of hazardous waste smuggled into Liberia from Greece.
The House passed legislation this morning that would require EPA to regulate toxic chemicals found in air emissions and drinking water.
EPA is facing criticism for relying on "virtual" hearings to collect public input on two regulatory rollbacks.
The United Steelworkers sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court on Thursday in a bid to reverse its gutting of a safety rule at chemical plants, the union said.
As nature’s fury wreaked havoc across Australia, reducing to ashes all that came in its way – people, flora, fauna, picturesque historic towns and villages once popular with local and overseas tourists – it was unlike anything the country had witnessed before. The staggering scale and intensity of the devastation could best be summed up as […]
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EPA has a busy year ahead.
Filed under: News, Politics, White House Workers at the Environmental Protection Agency say staffing and morale levels have fallen so low that they’re calling for a new “bill of rights” to protect the EPA’s scientific integrity.I’ve never seen staffing levels cut this much, research stalled and morale at an all-time low.Marie Owens Powell, an EPA employeeThis article originally appeared on HuffPost.Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Thursday the agency has not decided how it will respond to a federal court decision addressing exemptions to U.S. biofuel blending laws.
Emails show fierce resistance within EPA to a union contract the agency pressed upon its employees last summer. Records obtained by E&E News shed new light on the battle between EPA and the agency's largest union, which represents more than 7,500 EPA employees.
EPA requested more time once again today to determine whether the proposed Pebble mine threatens Bristol Bay in southwestern Alaska.
Canada's federal carbon tax is unconstitutional, an Alberta court ruled, handing a legal victory to opponents of the plan.
Legal experts say rulings from provincial Appeal Courts on the federal carbon tax aren't about the tax itself, but rather the government's legal grounds for it.
EPA plans to shift the focus of its chemical advisory panel away from reviewing the agency's risk evaluations of individual substances, according to chemicals chief Alexandra Dunn.
An environmental group and EPA said they could not agree on how to proceed after a federal judge in New York ruled against the agency's policy limiting membership on science advisory boards.
American Federation of Government Employees Local 704, which represents EPA staff working in the agency's Great Lakes branch, has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.
With growing awareness about the threat of climate change and the greenhouse effect, the international community is trying to come up with urgent action, particularly through the Paris Agreement, leading multinational companies in Thailand and local food and coffee chains to gear up to keep abreast of such changes.
An environmental group is seeking to limit federal emergency approvals of pesticides, telling EPA the practice has become far too widespread.
The Trump administration completed the fewest cleanups of toxic Superfund sites last year than any administration since the program's first years in the 1980s, figures released by EPA indicate.
A former top EPA political appointee expected to return to the agency as chief of staff helped broker an unusual deal that ultimately gave two manufacturers years longer to cut health-threatening emissions, recently disclosed emails indicate.
EPA has reported that Alaska led the nation in 2018 toxic chemical releases. But a state commissioner contends that a large portion should not be categorized as toxic.
A long-serving Trump EPA political aide today joined the State Department, according to the EPA press shop.
EPA is planning to close its Arlington, Va., office and shift hundreds of its employees into its sprawling headquarters in Washington's Federal Triangle. The General Services Administration disclosed the plans in its fiscal 2021 budget request.
One of EPA’s first Trump appointees, Mandy Gunasekara, has run a “pro-Trump nonprofit” since leaving the agency a year ago.
One of EPA’s first Trump appointees, Mandy Gunasekara has run a 'pro-Trump nonprofit’ since leaving the agency a year ago.
President Trump plans to nominate a former utility executive and Hill aide to serve as EPA deputy administrator, the White House announced today.
The town at the center of a Guardian series, where the cancer risk is 50 times the national average, is critical of a planned monitoring system Environmental Protection Agency officials on Tuesday pleaded with community members in Reserve, Louisiana, to back a new air monitoring system being installed by the agency, which they claim will better measure pollutants from a nearby chemical plant emitting the likely human carcinogen chloroprene. Reserve, the subject of a year-long Guardian series, Cancer Town , is home to the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxins, according to EPA data, which found that a census tract next door to the plant has a cancer risk 50 times the national average. Continue reading...
EPA isn't fully following a federal law that requires tighter limits on potential pesticide exposure for children and infants, an environmental group said.
EPA today issued its rundown of chemicals emitted in 2018, giving communities information on which toxins were released.
Green groups have clocked a win against a controversial EPA policy that limited who could be members of the agency's science advisory boards.
President Trump's proposed fiscal 2021 budget slashes more than $200 million from EPA research and development programs, including several chemical-related activities.
Days after the Environmental Protection Agency's top official in California was abruptly removed from office, the agency has named a replacement.
Ousted EPA Region 9 Administrator Mike Stoker declared last night that his firing was "100% personal" and that his bosses lied about their reasons for his sudden dismissal.
The Trump administration has removed Mike Stoker as regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He thinks it was because he worked across the aisle with Democrats.
EPA Region 9 Administrator Mike Stoker is no longer with the agency.
Mike Stoker is leaving as administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's region 9, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific islands.
A coalition of nearly 20 state attorneys general is urging EPA to list a group of harmful chemicals found in drinking water under the agency's toxic database.
APAS is calling for all farm expenses to be exempt from the carbon tax after a new report suggests farmers could lose up to 12 per cent their net income to the measure.
A conservative Republican senator who wants to phase down climate superpollutants asked EPA to weigh in on the cost of reducing those substances in equipment used for heating and cooling.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler touted efforts to reduce marine litter and hailed plans to work with Brazil to stem the pollution concern.
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The herbicide glyphosate, an ingredient in the weed killing product Roundup, is safe to use, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.
Ryan Jackson, one of the Trump EPA's most powerful players behind the scenes, is leaving the agency to join a prominent mining trade group. The chief of staff for two EPA administrators was considered heavily tied to former EPA chief Scott Pruitt's ethics troubles and had a heavy hand in environmental enforcement issues.
EPA today proposed new guidelines on the use of five pesticides that pose potential threats to bees and other wildlife but didn't move toward restricting their use.
EPA has announced a $2.2 million grant for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to help identify sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child-care facilities.
Attorney generals of 14 states, Washington, D.C., and the city of Philadelphia sued the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday for rolling back Obama-era safety regulations.
With a key compliance deadline fast approaching, EPA has sent the final draft of proposed changes to its 2015 standards for new wood-fired heating systems to the White House regulations office for a routine review.
Financial managers representing nearly $113 billion in assets are urging timber firms and extractive industries to eschew development on previously protected public lands, warning that investing in projects in places like Alaska and Utah could result in "significant financial liabilities and reputational risks."
Tempers have cooled in the dispute between EPA and its internal watchdog over Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson.
A proposed fish farm in federal waters is nearing its next regulatory hurdle. On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a public hearing on the proposal at Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium in Sarasota. WUSFs Cathy Carter reports on a proposed aquaculture facility in federal waters off the coast of Sarasota.
EPA has signed a $2.5 million agreement to design a project to remediate contaminated sediment and create a substantial new habitat at a riverfront park being developed in Detroit.
The EPA Office of Inspector General is planning to take a closer look at one of the agency's information technology contractors.
The Environmental Protection Agency is dramatically reducing federal pollution protections for rivers, streams and wetlands – a move welcomed by many farmers, builders and mining companies, but opposed even by the agency's own science advisers. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who announced the repeal of an earlier Obama-era rule in September, chose to make the long-anticipated announcement Thursday in Las Vegas, at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show. The biggest change is a controversial move to roll back government limits on pollution in wetlands and smaller waterways that was introduced less than five years ago by President Barack Obama. The Obama-era executive action, which broadened the definition of "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, applied...
A Denver-based company will reduce pollution at 67 well sites in Colorado under a settlement with state and federal officials announced by EPA yesterday.
EPA is unlawfully tardy in dealing with several updated cleanup plans from California, an advocacy group alleges in a newly filed federal lawsuit.
AMERICUS, Ga. — When it comes to race relations, Bobby Fuse says nothing much has changed in his hometown: Blacks live in one part of town, whites in another.
[Ghanaian Times] Tema -The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered the United Steel Company (USC) in the Tema Free Zone enclave to install a filtration system in its smoke stack to eliminate pollution from the factory operations.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Democrats blasted EPA today for allowing former air chief Bill Wehrum to work for more than 300 days without finalizing his ethics recusal waiver.
A multi-billion dollar boom in petrochemical plants proposed along the U.S. Gulf Coast could pump as much greenhouse gas into the air as 131 coal-fired power plants by 2030, according to a study released on Tuesday by University of Texas researchers.
[Observer] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has with immediate effect ordered the repatriation of four 40-feet containers of hazardous chemicals to Greece, from where they were brought, before entering Liberia.
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) has provided five desktop computers worth over US$ 8, 000 to five ministries and agencies of the Liberian Government to enhance the collection of environmental data.
Gautam Srinivasan is now the top air lawyer at EPA.
EPA continues to approve pesticides that have been banned in other countries or identified by its own scientists as possibly causing cancer, a group critical of farm chemicals said.
Deadline: 28. February 2020 "Here, we initiate the first article collection on theoretical, environmental, economic, legal, governmental, and ethical aspects of ocean-based negative emission technologies for climate mitigation. Our multidisciplinary collection aims to initiate and catalyze a new branch in marine research that will help to guide post-Paris climate policy and will therefore be vital for the Earth’s future." LINK
EPA and California are "working closely" to improve the state's air quality and "have made great progress," according to a letter obtained by E&E News.
EPA Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp is leaving the agency.
Moore, John C.; Yue, Chao; Zhao, Liyun; Guo, Xiaoran; Watanabe, Shingo; Ji, Duoying (2019): Greenland Ice Sheet Response to Stratospheric Aerosol Injection Geoengineering. In Earth’s Future 110, p. 25. DOI: 10.1029/2019EF001393. "We simulated Greenland ice sheet climates using four Earth system models running the stratospheric sulfate aerosol injection experiment GeoMIP G4 and the CMIP RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 greenhouse gas scenarios that were then used to drive the surface energy and mass balance model, SEMIC. Simulated runoff is 20% lower under G4 than RCP4.5, while under RCP8.5 it is 17% higher." LINK