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EPA tells U.S. cities — it's illegal to use dry ice to kill rats

A number of big cities have resorted to using dry ice in their battle with burgeoning rat populations, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says cities must stop the practice because it's illegal under federal law to use dry ice as a rodenticide.

Op-Ed: EPA changes its mind on Enlist Duo — proposes expanding its use

In a complete about-face, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not only re-approved the use of Enlist Duo in the United States but proposes to allow its use in 34 states, up from 15 states where the chemical concoction was previously used.

Op-Ed: Glyphosate wins as lobbyists cause postponement of EPA review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was slated to hold four days of public meetings, Oct. 18-21, focusing on one pertinent question: is glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world, safe?

Lake Erie's toxic blob may be putting drinking water at risk

Cleveland - In what sounds like a Halloween horror story, a toxic blob of cancer-causing chemicals in the sediment of Lake Erie might be spreading dangerously close to a water intake pipe that supplies drinking water to Cleveland.

'State of Emergency' in six states over Colonial pipeline spill

In the wake of a pipeline spill in Alabama, six Eastern states have declared a "state of emergency" this weekend, citing "fuel supply disruptions" and "disruptions of gasoline."

EPA orders 17 fracking wells shut down in Oklahoma

The Environmental Protection Agency shut down 17 wastewater wells in the Osage Nation of northeastern Oklahoma on Tuesday following the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that shook Oklahoma and nearby states on September 3, 2016.

A second town with high lead levels in water: When will it stop?

Sebring - Much like residents in Flint, Michigan, the families living in the small town of Sebring, Ohio never suspected there were elevated lead levels in the water they were drinking, and it had been going on for months.

EPA report saying fracking is safe doubted by its own scientists

An Environmental Protection Agency report released in June on the impacts of fracking on water quality is now being called into question — by none other than the agency's own scientists.

Das illegal: VW sued by U.S. in emissions scandal

Washington - Volkswagen officially received notice of a lawsuit by the Feds on Monday for its alleged role in the illegal installation of emissions-disabling devices in 600,000 diesel vehicles.

Appeals court: EPA approval of pesticide based on bad information

On Thursday, a federal appeals court overturned EPA approval, and blocked the use of Sulfoxaflor, a systemic neurotoxin, over concerns about its effect on honey bees.

Pollution from mine worse than previously estimated: EPA

Durango - An abandoned Colorado mine has polluted regional streams and rivers with some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, Environmental Protection Agency officials acknowledged Sunday.

Historic settlement — Atrazine, Roundup will be assessed by EPA

The EPA will begin analysing the impacts of Atrazine and Glyphosate, the two most-commonly used pesticides in the U.S., on 1,500 plant and animal species in the U.S. under the terms of a settlement reached today with the Center for Biological Diversity.

Testing for glyphosate residues being recommended by EPA

Perhaps bowing to public concerns over the safety of the active ingredient, glyphosate, in Monsanto's Roundup. the Environmental Protection Agency is considering asking the federal government to test foods for glyphosate residue.

Republicans aim to reform U.S. environment agency

Washington D.c. - Republican-led efforts to change the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of science are underway. However, there is little sign that Obama will agree to the new measures.

Wave Home Solutions is making waves in clean air and water

The world we live in is changing every day, and not all these changes are for the better. Decisions are being made that result in actions which change the way people interact with the planet, and the thing is that not everyone has a say in these changes.

House passes bill that impedes scientists ability to advise EPA

Washington D.c. - While the debate about a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline rocked back-and-forth in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday before failing to pass, the House quietly slipped under the radar, passing a bill that has scientists worried.

Hyundai, Kia to pay $100 million for misleading emissions figures

Hyundai and Kia are breaking a record the companies would rather not see broken — they will be paying $100 million for giving misleading figures on their vehicles' miles per gallon and emissions figures.

Op-Ed: Disposal of Ebola waste: Are we nearing a common sense solution?

It was announced on Wednesday that the government will be reaching an agreement in a few days on the disposal of medical waste from Ebola patients. It seems there are conflicting regulations describing the ways infectious medical waste should be handled.

Op-Ed: Redefining the rules for protecting the nation's waters

When the Clean Water Act of 1972 became law, aspirations were high that it would put an end to the filthy, polluted waterways many of us grew up with. But over the past few decades, a phrase in that law has become a source of contention in the courts.

Oil companies fracking dangerously close to water sources

According to a new study performed by researches at Stanford University, oil and gas companies are fracking much closer to underground water sources than previously thought.

ExxonMobile to pay $1.4 million after 2012 pipeline spill

The Department of Justice announced today that ExxonMobile Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a civil penalty for its alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 Northline crude oil spill in Louisiana.

Pennsylvania planning to extinguish long-burning coal fire

Pittsburgh - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has finally decided to set aside funding in an effort extinguish a several-year-old fire burning near the Pittsburgh International Airport.

EPA asks car manufacturers for mileage tests in the real world

After several cases in the American judicial system over mileage claims the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now asking manufacturers to do mileage tests in the real world in addition to any lab work.

EPA tells employees to stop pooping in the hallway

Denver - Like all major organizations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faces a number of challenges that it must overcome. The latest challenge is one in which no amount of schooling could have prepared them — employees pooping in the hallway.

Highly toxic rodent poisons to be pulled from U.S. market

A group of highly toxic rodent poisons linked to the death of wildlife will be removed from U.S. stores, the manufacturer said.

Science denying Republicans may feel EPA's wrath

A small, vocal group of Republicans has accused the EPA of using "secret science" to push through clean air regulations. In response, EPA chief Gina McCarthy says the agency will come out swinging.

Fracking: Methane levels 1000 higher than EPA stats at some wells

West Lafayette - The furor over fracking took a further twist this week as levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above drilling wells, in some cases, 1,000 times greater than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

Alpha Natural water pollution settlement largest of its kind

Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the largest coal producers in the US, will pay a $2.75 million fine for violating water pollution limits. The EPA celebrates the settlement as the largest of its kind.

WY ignores EPA ruling to make Wind River Reservation into a state Special

The EPA ruled Dec. 19, 2013, that Wyoming towns of Riverton, Kinnear and Pavillion are now within the boundaries of the Wind River Reservation. The EPA also approved a tribal application for "State Status" for the reservation, which includes the towns.

Op-Ed: House GOP pressures EPA on carbon emissions proposal

On Friday, Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee called for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a proposal to impose carbon dioxide emission limits on new coal-fired power plants.
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Using dry ice to control rat populations has proven to be cost effective and safe for the environmen...
Using dry ice to control rat populations has proven to be cost effective and safe for the environment, but the EPA says it is illegal under federal law.
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Workers wearing protective clothing to guard against contamination from hazardous waste.
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The Hanford Reach of the Columbia River, where radioactivity was released from 1944 to 1971.
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New EPA rules on pesticide use will better protect the health of our farm workers.
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The popular herbicide, Roundup contains glyphosate.
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The CWA: “It’s about protecting unspoiled places to hunt, fish, and swim – for this generation and beyond.”
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Worker at RadNet radiation monitor.
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