Tag: Environmental Protection Agency

‘Flint Is Everywhere’: California Farmworkers Confront a Tainted Water Crisis

EAST OROSI, Calif. — Water is a currency in California, and the low-income farmworkers who pick the Central Valley’s crops know it better than anyone. They labor in the region’s endless orchards, made possible by sophisticated irrigation systems, but at home their faucets spew toxic water tainted by arsenic and fertilizer chemicals. “Clean water flows […]

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E.P.A. Could Make Thousands of Pollution Deaths Vanish by Changing Its Math

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to adopt a new method for projecting the future health risks of air pollution, one that experts said has never been peer-reviewed and is not scientifically sound, according to five people with knowledge […]

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Deadly Germs, Lost Cures: Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials

ZOLFO SPRINGS, Fla. — A pernicious disease is eating away at Roy Petteway’s orange trees. The bacterial infection, transmitted by a tiny winged insect from China, has evaded all efforts to contain it, decimating Florida’s citrus industry and forcing scores of growers out of business. In a last-ditch attempt to slow the infection, Mr. Petteway […]

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Investigators Urge E.P.A. to Pursue Scott Pruitt for $124,000 in ‘Excessive’ Travel Costs

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Federal investigators concluded in a report Thursday that Scott Pruitt had spent nearly $124,000 on “excessive” travel arrangements as head of the Environmental Protection Agency and recommended that the agency try to recover the money. The report, issued […]

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E.P.A. Leaders Disregarded Agency’s Experts in Issuing Asbestos Rule, Memos Show

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency disregarded the advice of their own scientists and lawyers in April when the agency issued a rule that restricted but did not ban asbestos, according to two internal memos. Because of […]

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Six Years Ago, He Helped Expose VW’s Diesel Fraud. This Year, G.M. Let Him Go.

FRANKFURT — Hemanth Kappanna might seem like just another victim of corporate restructuring, a foreign worker whose skills were no longer needed, a middle-aged man with dashed American dreams. But Mr. Kappanna, an engineer born in India who was laid off by General Motors in February, changed automotive history. In 2013, he was part of […]

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‘The Wrong Mine for the Wrong Place’

Every creature deserves a chance to spawn. Consider the scene above, captured on Instagram. The fish is a sockeye salmon. It is on its way to its breeding grounds in Alaska’s wild interior. It has been intercepted — for a few minutes — by an angler who has come to America’s 50th state to partake […]

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E.P.A. Proposes Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water

WASHINGTON — After pressure from the Defense Department, the Environmental Protection Agency significantly weakened a proposed standard for cleaning up groundwater pollution caused by toxic chemicals that contaminate drinking water consumed by millions of Americans and that have been commonly used at military bases. Standards released by the agency on Thursday eliminated entirely a section […]

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On Earth Day, Our Fight for Environmental Justice and Against the Trump EPA’s Toxic Agenda Continues

Photo: iStock The Trump administration and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler have failed African-American communities. Earth Day is the ideal time to renew our commitment to ensure everyone has equal access to clean air and safe environments regardless of which zip code they live in. It is also a time to remember our history […]

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E.P.A. Moves to ‘Close the Door’ on Asbestos. Consumer Groups Say Loopholes Remain.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday issued a regulation it said would impose new restrictions on asbestos, a deadly substance once commonly found in insulation materials. The final Environmental Protection Agency rule goes somewhat further than the initial version […]

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Don’t Let a Killer Pollutant Loose

PM 2.5 kills people. There has been little dispute that microscopic particulate matter in air pollution penetrates into the deepest parts of the lungs and contributes to the early deaths each year of thousands of people in the United States with heart and lung disease. One recent study called PM 2.5 “the largest environmental risk […]

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Automakers Plan for Their Worst Nightmare: Regulatory Chaos After Trump’s Emissions Rollback

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration prepares to drastically weaken Obama-era rules restricting vehicle pollution, nervous automakers are devising a strategy to handle their worst-case scenario: a divided American auto market, with some states following President Trump’s weakened rules while […]

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In Asbest, Russia, Making Asbestos Great Again

ASBEST, Russia — Sniped at for decades by health advocates, Russia’s doggedly defiant producer of asbestos — a substance banned as a killer by more than 60 countries — thinks it has perhaps finally found the perfect figure for a campaign to rehabilitate the product’s deeply stained image: President Trump. “Trump is on our side,” […]

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Interior Nominee Intervened to Block Report on Endangered Species

WASHINGTON — After years of effort, scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service had a moment of celebration as they wrapped up a comprehensive analysis of the threat that three widely used pesticides present to hundreds of endangered species, like the kit fox and the seaside sparrow. “Woohoo!” Patrice Ashfield, then a branch chief at […]

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Duke University to Pay $112.5 Million to Settle Claims of Research Misconduct

Duke University will pay $112.5 million to the federal government to settle allegations that researchers submitted applications and reports containing falsified data to win more than two dozen grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department said on Monday. “Taxpayers expect and deserve that federal grant dollars will […]

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The Seductive Stupidity of Andrew Wheeler

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler is not your average climate denier. Unlike President Donald Trump, he’s admitted that global warming is real and caused by humans. And unlike many Republicans in the House and Senate, he’s admitted that its effects will be dangerous if warming continues unabated. But when it comes to admitting that […]

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EPA Imposes Limits on a Deadly Chemical in Paint Strippers

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday new limits on a lethal chemical found in paint stripping products that has been linked to more than 50 deaths since the 1980s. Chemical safety activists called the plan a significant […]

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Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water

WASHINGTON — Facing billions of dollars in cleanup costs, the Pentagon is pushing the Trump administration to adopt a weaker standard for groundwater pollution caused by chemicals that have commonly been used at military bases and that contaminate drinking water consumed by millions of Americans. The Pentagon’s position pits it against the Environmental Protection Agency, […]

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EPA: Automakers Too Reliant on Credits for Emissions Compliance

The Environmental Protection Agency released its annual assessment of new vehicles yesterday, and it was filled with good news. On average, fuel economy continues to improve. Cars are not getting heavier, horsepower keeps going up, and every major manufacturer managed was in compliance with greenhouse gas standards through the 2017 model year. However, the EPA […]

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