WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for environmental groups, a federal appeals court rejected two Environmental Protection Agency regulations that loosened requirements for achieving compliance with more protective ozone standards.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff said Friday that the nation should tighten smog rules significantly, a step that would improve air quality in California but force costly new requirements on government and industry.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week identified trichloroethylene as a harmful substance under the Toxic Substances Control Act. It’s the first time the agency has issued such an assessment since 1986, when it found that asbestos is especially hazardous to human health.
Victims of contaminated water that wasn't discovered for decades lost their effort to sue polluters at the Supreme Court Monday in a case that could set back thousands of former Marines and their families with similar claims. http://usat.ly/1hA62n1
Federal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activity to preserve the bird's habitat in parts of Colorado and Utah. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper immediately renewed the state's threat...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation's worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the company acted with "gross negligence" in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Officials from the federal Environmental Protection Agency are in Uniontown this week investigating claims that Arrowhead landfill, the largest landfill in the state, violates the civil rights of surrounding black property owners. Arrowhead, located in Perry County,...
A federal magistrate has dismissed most of a lawsuit by environmental advocates challenging the government's approval of numerous pesticides, but said they can pursue claims that federal officials allowed 11 chemicals on the market without getting up-to-date information about hazards to endangered species. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero of San Francisco, ruling Wednesday, rejected the central claim by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pesticide Action Network that the Environmental Protection Agency since 2005 routinely violated laws requiring consultation with government scientists before approving the sales of potentially harmful pesticides. Because the EPA last consulted with government scientists about the pesticides in 1989 and 1993, Giese said, the plaintiffs must now present information obtained since then that should require additional consultations - for example, new listings of endangered species and habitat, or studies showing increased toxic hazards from the chemicals.
House Republicans proposed deep new cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday to help pay for Western priorities including money to aid local governments and fight wildfires on federal lands. The action came even as President Barack Obama sent Congress a $615 million emergency spending request to supplement wildland firefighting funds already...
WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration Monday from requiring permits for some industries that spew greenhouse gases, but the ruling won't prohibit other means of regulating the pollutant that causes global warming.
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