Research on children’s health risks in doubt over EPA funds

U.S. 05/22/19, 09:59

Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. The projects being targeted make up a more than $300 million, ...

Ex-EPA chief Pruitt registers as energy lobbyist in Indiana

U.S. 04/18/19, 20:05

Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana on Thursday as fossil-fuels interests there are fighting to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants. A lobbying disclosure report for Pruitt provides little insight into precisely what he's doing in ...

Ethics body questions ex-EPA chief’s $50-a-night condo deal

Politics 03/26/19, 06:53

Federal ethics officials are balking at a $50-a-night Washington condo deal by former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. The Office of Government Ethics said in a finding posted Tuesday that it would not approve one of Pruitt's last financial disclosure reports after his resignation amid ethics scandals last July. Pruitt rented ...

Sullivan: 90-day comment period for mine review inadequate

Enviroment 02/21/19, 20:03

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said a 90-day comment period is inadequate for a draft environmental review of a large copper-and-gold mine near the headwaters of a major Alaska fishery. "It's a very legitimate request from my perspective to have more time to do the due diligence on a project of this ...

EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water

Politics 02/14/19, 10:49

Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the immediate focus would be on ...

EPA sets toxins response plan amid criticism from lawmakers

Politics 02/13/19, 19:32

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that the agency has not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was expected to announce the plan during a ...

EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks

News 02/11/19, 01:42

The chemical compounds are all around you. They're on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. There's growing evidence that long-term exposure to the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, ...

Senators consider former lobbyist as EPA’s permanent chief

Politics 01/16/19, 00:56

Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler's past lobbying work is expected to draw scrutiny at his confirmation hearing for the permanent post. A Senate committee on Wednesday will consider Wheeler as President Donald Trump's nominee for EPA administrator. Wheeler has served as the agency's acting head since Scott Pruitt resigned ...

EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

U.S. 01/15/19, 02:34

The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. EPA said in a statement that it is directing "its resources to the most significant and impactful cases." But the 166 cases referred for prosecution in the ...

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