- Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states Updated: Jul-28-15 6:19 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.
- Group airs ad attacking Sen. Burr's opposition to EPA plan Updated: Jul-27-15 5:08 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A Washington-based environmental advocacy group launched two ads Monday attacking North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr's opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to curb emissions from power plants.
- Many NC counties proposed to cut car emissions testing Updated: Jul-26-15 11:38 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Drivers in more than half of North Carolina's 48 counties requiring vehicle emissions tests may be able to forego the $30 inspection under new legislation moving through the state Legislature.
- EPA resists calls to remove Butte mining waste Updated: Jul-25-15 3:04 am
BUTTE, Montana - Below the center of Butte flows water tainted with poisons drawn from a mass of mining and smelting waste that has been a pollution problem for more than a century.
- Feds say celebratory swim in Onondaga Lake was premature Updated: Jul-24-15 3:08 am
SYRACUSE, New York - An Environmental Protection Agency official says progress has been made in cleaning up Onondaga Lake, but it's still not safe for swimming.
- Idaho fined after demolishing building containing asbestos Updated: Jul-23-15 7:38 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay a $52,000 fine after demolishing an asbestos-containing building in northern Idaho and potentially exposing the public to the cancer-causing fibers.
- California withholds findings on oilfield contamination Updated: Jul-23-15 3:34 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - California oil-and-gas regulators have refused for nearly a year to release findings of what they termed a "highest-priority" investigation of possible oilfield contamination into the water aquifers that serve millions of people in and around Los Angeles.
- House approves bill to tweak coal ash standards Updated: Jul-22-15 7:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday approved a bill granting states authority to regulate waste generated from coal burned for electricity.
- Environmental groups join surge of lawsuits against EPA rule Updated: Jul-22-15 4:53 pm
HELENA, Montana - Nine environmental conservation groups have joined the surge of states and businesses suing the federal government over a new water regulation.
- Mineral firms equip emergency responders in EPA settlement Updated: Jul-22-15 3:43 pm
NORTH CANAAN, Connecticut - Federal environmental officials say two North Canaan mineral processing companies have settled allegations they failed to file toxic release inventory information.
- NC state lawmaker offers plan to delay action on EPA rules Updated: Jul-22-15 1:55 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina senator introduced legislation on Wednesday to block state agencies from taking action on expected Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut carbon emissions on power plants until the rules complete what will likely be a lengthy legal challenge.
- No ruling likely before spring in dead zone lawsuit Updated: Jul-20-15 12:40 pm
NEW ORLEANS - It will be at least spring before there's a new ruling by a federal judge in a key lawsuit involving farm runoff and other pollution blamed for the Gulf of Mexico's annual oxygen-depleted "dead zone."
- Arkansas Attorney General calls EPA haze plan arbitrary Updated: Jul-16-15 7:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acted arbitrarily when it issued a federal plan to reduce haze in Arkansas and Missouri wilderness areas.
- Ranchers sue over rule giving feds authority on state water Updated: Jul-16-15 4:26 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Ranchers in New Mexico, California and Washington state have challenged a new Obama administration rule giving federal agencies authority to protect some streams and wetlands.
- Southwest Michigan site removed from EPA's Superfund list Updated: Jul-16-15 1:59 pm
HARTFORD TOWNSHIP, Michigan - After 31 years, the federal government has removed a former waste disposal site in southwestern Michigan from the list of the nation's most polluted places.
- EPA awards state more than $646k to monitor air quality Updated: Jul-15-15 5:21 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $646,000 to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to monitor fine particulate matter.
- Deal requires deep pollution cuts at Iowa coal-fired plants Updated: Jul-15-15 5:21 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa's second largest power company agreed Wednesday to drastically cut pollution at several coal-fired power plants under a Clean Air Act settlement that's expected to make the air safer and easier to breathe around the state.
- State reviews comments on plan for coal-fired power plant Updated: Jul-15-15 6:14 am
JOSEPH CITY, Arizona - State environment officials are reviewing public comments on a proposal that could do away with coal as a fuel source at a Joseph City power plant.
- Crews clean contaminated debris from abandoned factory site Updated: Jul-14-15 10:40 am
SAGINAW, Michigan - Crews are cleaning up contaminated debris from an abandoned industrial property in Saginaw.
- Study shows Northeast states benefit from carbon cap program Updated: Jul-13-15 10:28 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Amid complaints that planned federal rules to cut carbon emissions will hurt the economy, a new study says the northeastern states that already have moved in that direction are seeing economic benefits.
- House backs Poliquin's bid to nix biomass rules for mills Updated: Jul-12-15 9:45 am
AUGUSTA, Maine - The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment introduced by Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin that's designed to protect the state's mills from what he says are burdensome regulations.
- Idaho eyes new water standards with fish-consumption survey Updated: Jul-10-15 6:29 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A recently completed Idaho fish-consumption survey that's part of a state process to set new water quality standards could mean greater restrictions for towns and businesses that have sewage permits.
- EPA orders treatment of contaminated well at Pease Tradeport Updated: Jul-10-15 11:08 am
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire - The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering the Air Force to treat city-owned wells at the Pease International Tradeport that have been tainted by potentially harmful contaminants.
- Va. cattleman keeps herd out of river, for bay's sake Updated: Jul-10-15 7:52 am
LYNCHBURG, Virginia - John Petchul's 48 black-and-white hereford-gelbvieh cattle burrowed deep in the woods of their Amherst County pasture to hide from Thursday's beating sun.
- Western lawmakers warn of moving radiation detection lab Updated: Jul-09-15 4:53 pm
LAS VEGAS - Federal officials want to move a mobile radiation detection laboratory from Las Vegas to Alabama, but nuclear safety advocates and lawmakers warn it could leave the Western U.S. vulnerable to an accident or terror attack.