March 15, 2012 7:48 PM
Do you know if your children have high levels of lead in their blood? Folks from the EPA out of Denver came to the Pueblo Health Department Thursday to offer free blood testing to children and adults. Once they drew blood, results came back in just three minutes. Testers tell... more »
July 5, 2011 6:51 AM
LIBBY, MONT. (AP) - Libby residents have longed for the day when they will be rid of the asbestos that turned their town into the nation's deadliest Superfund site.
Now they are being forced to live through the agony again, thanks to two piles of bark and wood chips... more »
June 20, 2011 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has blocked a federal lawsuit by states and conservation groups trying to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
The court said Monday that the authority to seek reductions in emissions rests with the Environmental Protection Agency, not the courts. The... more »
May 8, 2011 2:51 PM
ALCOVA, Wyo. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is suing and seeking fines against the owner of two Wyoming trailer parks over allegations that he's not conducting the proper required tests on the properties' drinking water.
The lawsuit against Colorado resident Roy Stricklin alleges that the EPA has been... more »
January 7, 2011 2:04 PM
DENVER (AP) - Federal officials are again saying they don't believe exploratory drilling at the Baca National Wildlife Refuge will cause significant impacts.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service originally made that conclusion in 2008 after it reviewed plans from Lexam Explorations to drill wells to look for oil... more »
August 18, 2010 7:51 PM
A uranium mill that has operated in Canon City for decades is now on track to permanently close. The Cotter Corporation now says it plans to shut down containment ponds that store millions of tons of toxic waste. Without containment ponds, the mill can't operate. The Cotter Uranium Mill sits... more »
July 29, 2010 8:33 AM
Federal officials now estimate that more than 1 million gallons of oil may have spilled into a major river in southern Michigan.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the update Wednesday night, shortly after the governor sharply criticized efforts to contain oil flowing down the Kalamazoo River. Gov. Jennifer... more »
July 21, 2010 11:59 AM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing this week for a third round of hearings - this time in Canonsburg, Pa. - on the controversial natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
A wealth of natural gas is locked into the Marcellus Shale deep beneath Pennsylvania, New... more »
July 7, 2010 8:34 AM
Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans is the latest site where oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is appeared.
The lake was rescued from pollution in 1990s and had once again become a bountiful fishing ground and a popular spot for boating and swimming.
... more »
June 10, 2010 8:23 AM
Colorado's two Democratic senators have affirmed support for federal environmental regulators as the Senate prepared to take its first vote on a measure some see as a test of the Senate's stand on climate change.
Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet both have vowed to vote against a Republican-led... more »
June 8, 2010 4:11 PM
The White House has issued a veto threat against a Republican-led effort to block Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the levels of greenhouse gases that power plants and factories can release into the air.
The veto threat comes two days before the Senate votes on a measure that would... more »
June 1, 2010 8:07 AM
President Barack Obama plans to hold his first meeting today with the co-chairmen of an independent commission investigating the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Obama was to meet with Bob Graham, who is a former Florida governor and U.S. senator, and William K. Reilly, a former head of... more »
May 2, 2010 11:28 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency says it's stepping up air quality monitoring on the Gulf Coast. There are concerns that vapors from the oil and controlled fires might cause health problems for people living in the region. An oil smell could cause headaches or nausea, but EPA spokesman Dave Bary said... more »
April 20, 2010 3:27 PM
EPA regulations were at the heart of a protest rally in Colorado Springs Tuesday afternoon. The group American's for Prosperity brought their nationwide Regulation Reality Tour to America the Beautiful Park. The group is protesting possible global warming regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. AFP Colorado State Director Jeff Crank... more »
April 17, 2010 7:57 PM
Kevin Murdock is hearing surprise from customers calling for a quote to get their house painted.
"Many people are like, oh come on, you're just trying to sell me a job. Well kind of, but not really," Murdock explains. "They hop online then they call back and say, hey,... more »
April 10, 2010 10:14 AM
Federal officials have moved quickly to clamp down on the use of potent rodent-killing pesticides after one was linked to the deaths of two Utah girls earlier this year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said aluminum and magnesium fumigants can no longer be used near homes. The agency added... more »
March 22, 2010 11:29 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency is tightening drinking water standards to impose stricter limits on four contaminants that can cause cancer. In a speech Monday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency is developing stricter regulations for four compounds: tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, acrylamide and epichlorohydrin. All four chemical compounds can cause cancer.... more »
March 17, 2010 1:52 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to improve the safety of flea and tick treatments after seeing a significant increase in pets harmed by the products.
The EPA says it will develop stricter testing and evaluation requirements for topical flea and tick treatments. The agency also will begin reviewing... more »
March 14, 2010 12:41 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it will consider ways the states can address rising acidity levels in oceans, which pose a serious threat to shellfish and other marine life.
The federal agency's decision was announced in a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity. The environmental... more »
March 8, 2010 12:51 PM
More than a year after a Tennessee coal ash spill created one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in U.S. history, the problem is seeping into several other states.
It began Dec. 22, 2008, when a retaining pond burst at a coal-burning power plant, spilling 5.4 million... more »
February 16, 2010 12:52 PM
Texas is taking the federal government to court over a ruling that says greenhouse gases present a danger to human health. Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials announced Tuesday that Texas has filed an appeal in federal court and plans to formally ask the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider... more »
February 2, 2010 2:00 PM
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered two state agencies to investigate a rash of birth defects that have confounded impoverished Kettleman City for more than a year.
Schwarzenegger's intervention into a bitter environmental battle came as a surprise and relief to both residents and the activists who have been demanding... more »
February 2, 2010 11:19 AM
An environmental group has flunked one federal agency and given another a "D" on its annual report card on conservation of prairie dogs. WildEarth Guardians releases the report on Groundhog Day to draw attention to the rodent found in the West. Prairie dogs have been eliminated from much of their... more »
January 7, 2010 12:34 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency is setting stricter health standards for smog. Hundreds more counties nationwide will likely be in violation. The EPA says it will cost tens of billions dollars annually to reduce pollution to meet the limits. Smog irritates the lungs, and can lead to asthma attacks and other... more »
December 8, 2009 9:35 AM
A federal official says the Environmental Protection Agency will unveil new policies on Tuesday designed to improve the enforcement of safe drinking water laws in small water systems nationwide.
The new policies will bring new attention to school systems that have repeatedly violated safe drinking water requirements. The changes... more »
December 7, 2009 10:26 AM
Officials tell The Associated Press that the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded greenhouse gases are endangering people's health and must be regulated. The EPA will announced its findings at a news conference Monday.
The announcement is timed to boost the Obama administration's arguments at an international climate conference -... more »
December 1, 2009 12:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency wants more tests to determine if car engines can handle higher concentrations of ethanol in gasoline before deciding whether to increase the blend requirement from 10 to 15 percent.
The EPA said Tuesday that two tests indicate engine performance should not be harmed by the... more »
November 25, 2009 7:40 AM
An environmental group and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are seeking to settle a lawsuit aimed at getting Utah to change its air pollution regulations.
WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit in September challenging Utah's rules, specifically a provision that the group says lets facilities exceed emissions limits when pollution-control... more »
October 24, 2009 7:00 AM
In a move praised by activists as a way to save lives but criticized by industry as potentially driving up electricity costs, the Obama administration has agreed to adopt rules reducing toxic emissions of mercury, soot and other chemicals from all coal-fired power plants in the U.S.
Activists on... more »
October 16, 2009 11:00 AM
Federal officials have ordered Colorado to redo an air permit for a natural gas compressor in Weld County. The Environmental Protection Agency issued an order this week, saying state regulators failed to adequately evaluate the overall impacts of pollution from the gas operations. The environmental group Rocky Mountain Clean Air... more »
October 6, 2009 1:08 PM
Federal regulators are issuing final rules requiring airlines to test and disinfect the water served to passengers and used in plane lavatories. The Environmental Protection Agency rules set out how frequently airlines must flush and disinfect the water systems on planes and test for coliform bacteria, which are associated with... more »
October 5, 2009 6:03 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has chosen a $50 million strategy to place a cap of clean material on a vast deposit of DDT and PCBs on the ocean floor off Southern California. Keith Takata, EPA's Superfund director for the region, said Monday the cap will be placed over the... more »
October 1, 2009 12:02 PM
Proposed regulations would require power plants, factories and refineries to reduce greenhouse gases by installing the best available technology and improving energy efficiency whenever a facility is significantly changed or built.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposal announced Wednesday applies to any industrial plant that emits at least 25,000 tons... more »
September 30, 2009 2:39 PM
Every winter, airports across the country spray millions of gallons of deicing chemicals onto airliners and allow the runoff to trickle away. When the chemicals end up in nearby waterways, the deicing fluid can turn streams bright orange and create dead zones for aquatic life.
The practice is legal,... more »
September 25, 2009 12:20 PM
Over the last decade, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins.
An Associated Press investigation found that contaminants have surfaced at public and private schools in all 50 states - in... more »
September 18, 2009 12:09 PM
Abandoned mercury mines throughout central California's rugged coastal mountains are polluting the state's major waterways, rendering fish unsafe to eat and risking the health of at least 100,000 impoverished people.
But an Associated Press investigation found that the federal government has tried to clean up fewer than a dozen... more »
September 15, 2009 1:09 PM
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to strengthen standards for water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The agency said Tuesday that equipment required to reduce air pollution has increased the harmful contaminants in water discharged by power plants. It also said that existing... more »
September 15, 2009 11:40 AM
The Obama administration is unveiling plans to require higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and tougher rules on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson planned to release the proposed regulations Tuesday. They call for the auto industry's fleet of new vehicles to... more »
September 15, 2009 11:11 AM
German chemical company BASF SE says it has received U.S. approval to market a new herbicide to battle broadleaf weeds resistant to a chemical in commonly used herbicides like Roundup. BASF said Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency has approved its Kixor herbicide for use in four products that will be... more »
September 11, 2009 12:46 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified 79 coal mine permit applications in four Appalachian states for additional scrutiny. The agency said Friday it wants to make certain the proposed surface mines won't cause water pollution and violate the Clean Water Act. The mines are in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio... more »