Minorities face health risks near oil facilities — study
More than 1 million African-Americans face a higher risk of developing cancer because of toxic emissions from nearby oil and gas facilities, according to a recent report that also links the industry to higher asthma rates for black children and urges stepped-up advocacy efforts to close or remove such infrastructure.
Recycling rate jumps as power plants' waste production slows
The coal ash recycling rate hit a new high last year, but the percentage jump was driven by the falloff in coal-fired electricity generation, not greater use of its leftovers, according to figures released today by a trade group.
D.C. Circuit judges skeptical of EPA's handling of rule
As U.S. EPA and the utility industry tell it, the legal terrain surrounding the agency's landmark coal ash rule shifted dramatically last December when Congress authorized states to set up permitting programs to enforce the regulations.
Senate spending bill spares EPA deep cuts, not policy riders
Funding for U.S. EPA's beleaguered chemical assessment program — out. Alaska-centric provisions — in. And continued "workforce reshaping" at EPA — a sure thing.
Senators seek review of EPA monitoring network
Three senators from Northeastern states are asking the Government Accountability Office to review U.S. EPA's air quality monitoring network and report back on whether improvements are needed.