Pollution

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…

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…

Cleanup To Continue At Lake Kampeska

Since the water spans over 5,000 acres, any project is a costly one

  WATERTOWN, S.D. – Those who live in Watertown are no strangers to water quality problems. Less than a decade ago, an excess of nutrients banned anyone from swimming, fishing or drinking out of Lake Kampeska. Now that the ban is lifted, one group wants to continue cleaning up the lake. And area residents are on board. “It used to…

Exxon Fined $20 Million For Emissions From Texas Plant

BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) – A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air over the course of eight years from a complex it operates east of Houston. U.S. District Judge David Hittner in a ruling Wednesday determined that Texas-based Exxon on thousands of occasions from…

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…