Environmental Protection

CANTON, Conn. | Home break-ins by black bears surge in Connecticut suburbs

CANTON, Conn. — Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a doorknob to enter his house. He used his key fob to set off his car horn, to scare away whatever was in his garage. When … Continue reading CANTON, Conn. | Home break-ins by black bears surge in Connecticut suburbs

HORSHAM, Pa. | Toxics from manufacturing turn up in public water systems

HORSHAM, Pa.  — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking about the water his family unknowingly drank for years that was tainted … Continue reading HORSHAM, Pa. | Toxics from manufacturing turn up in public water systems

WASHINGTON | Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to remove … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

WASHINGTON | Senate GOP drops ‘poison pills’ from key spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are ridding a key spending bill of controversial environmental provisions opposed by Democrats in an attempt to avoid the annual year-end budget pileup. Tuesday’s move by Sen. Lisa Murkowski extends an olive branch to Democrats and could allow the first floor debate on a key spending bill for the Interior … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate GOP drops ‘poison pills’ from key spending bill

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pruitt denies aide shopped bad press about Zinke

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local): 11:56 a.m. EPA chief Scott Pruitt is denying that a member of his press staff sought to plant negative media reports about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the hopes of deflecting attention from Pruitt’s problems. Multiple media outlets reported that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Pruitt denies aide shopped bad press about Zinke

WASHINGTON | AP reports EPA’s Pruitt spent millions on security, travel

WASHINGTON | April 7, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes. Altogether, the agency spent millions of dollars for a 20-member full-time detail that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP reports EPA’s Pruitt spent millions on security, travel

Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

WASHINGTON/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Environmental Protection Agency is touting cleanups at seven of the nation’s most polluted places as a signature accomplishment in the Trump administration’s effort to reduce the number of Superfund sites. But records show the physical work was completed before Trump took office. The agency this week credited the leadership of EPA … Continue reading Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago