EPA

Research on Children’s Health Risks in Doubt Over EPA Funds

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, a sign on a door of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. 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…

Environmental Protection Chief: Unsafe Water Biggest Threat

FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2019 file photo, Andrew Wheeler is shown at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wheeler is telling CBS News in an interview airing Wednesday morning that climate change is “an important issue,” but that most of the threats…

EPA Awards $12M To Iowa’s Drinking Water Loan Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $12 million to Iowa’s drinking water revolving loan program to help finance improvements to water projects around the state. The funding will be used for projects that will improve municipal drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as help protect public drinking water systems. The funding…

EPA Chief Says Administration To Roll back Climate Plan

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming. Speaking in Kentucky on Monday, Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule on Tuesday “to withdraw the so-called clean power plan of the past administration.” The clean power plan aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions…

EPA Delayed Chemical Safety Rule After Industry Complaints

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration delayed an Obama-era rule that would have tightened safety requirements for companies that store large quantities of dangerous chemicals such as the chemical plant near Houston that exploded early Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency rule would have required chemical plants – including the now-destroyed Arkema Inc. plant outside Houston – to make public the…

City Removes Final lead Water Service Line

The new pipes were replaced by a copper line.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The city of Sioux Falls first installed a lead water service line in 1923, and earlier today, they removed their final lead water service line. The new pipes were replaced by copper pipes. A little cutting, a little digging, and some installation are what finally got the job done. Since last year, the city of Sioux Falls has…

15 States Appeal EPA Delay Of Stricter Air-Quality Standards

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia are suing over the Trump administration’s delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. The states filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in June he was extending deadlines by at least a…

EPA Denies Septic System Permit For Mount Rushmore Hotel

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Federal regulators have rejected a troubled Black Hills hotel’s application to operate a septic system. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week issued its final denial of an underground injection control permit for The Lodge at Mount Rushmore. It means the hotel will not be allowed to use its…

Trump’s Plan To Gut EPA Gets Cool Reception On Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers concerned about pollution and global warming have given a cool reception to President Donald Trump’s proposal to gut federal funding for environmental programs. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared Thursday before a House Appropriations subcommittee. Trump’s budget seeks to slash EPA funding by nearly one-third while eliminating more than 3,800 jobs. Pruitt pitched the budget…

Trump Budget Slashes Money For Clean Air And Water Programs

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump Administration wants to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air and water programs. The White House’s proposed EPA appropriation is less than $5.7 billion, a 31 percent cut. Adjusted for inflation, that would represent the nation’s lowest funding for environmental…

EPA Signs Off On North Dakota Regulation Of CO2 Wells

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Trump administration proposes giving North Dakota the power to regulate underground wells used for long-term storage of waste carbon dioxide captured from industrial sources such as coal-fired power plants. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed off on the proposal Tuesday. A final decision will come after a 60-day public comment period. North Dakota would…

Trump Administration Hollows Out EPA Science Integrity Board

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration will not reappoint half the expert members of a board that advises the Environmental Protection Agency on the integrity of its science. The decision is the latest in a series of moves that could benefit industries whose pollution is regulated by the agency. Board of Scientific Counselors Chairwoman Deborah Swackhamer said Monday that nine…

EPA Asks What Rules To Cut, Gets Earful About Dirty Water

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut, the Trump administration instead is getting an earful from people who say federal rules limiting pollution aren’t strict enough. The Environmental Protection Agency held a three-hour “virtual listening session” on Tuesday to collect public comments by phone about what clean water regulations should be targeted for “repeal, replacement…

Trump Seeks Elimination Of Great Lakes Restoration Funding

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – President Donald Trump wants to eliminate federal support of a program that addresses the Great Lakes’ most pressing environmental threats. Trump’s 2018 budget released Thursday would remove all funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has received strong support from members of Congress in both parties since President Barack Obama established it in 2009….

Officials Threaten To Shut Down Septic System In Keystone

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) – Federal regulators are threatening to shut down a septic system at a hotel near Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The Rapid City Journal reports that officials say The Lodge at Mount Rushmore has discharged wastewater onto a neighbor’s land and could be contaminating the hotel’s drinking water. In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the hotel’s…

Flint-Area Residents Seek $700M From EPA Over Water Crisis

FLINT, Mich. (AP) – More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners are seeking more than $700 million in damages from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its handling of the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water. The Detroit News and The Flint Journal report the agency didn’t respond to an administrative claim filed last year, clearing the way for Monday’s…

Obama’s EPA Moves To Preserve Gas Mileage Requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to preserve strict fuel-economy standards put in place by the Obama administration, making it difficult for the Trump administration to undo them. The EPA said in late November that it completed a required midterm review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards and decided they should not be relaxed as requested by…