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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.

Colorado's only designated scenic river damaged from oil spill

A total of 7,500 gallons of oil spilled into Colorado's only designated wild and scenic river, Cache La Poudre. It was reported on Friday by Noble Energy to the EPA and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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.

Op-Ed: Shocking raise in nuclear radiation 'safety levels' announced

Washington - Shocking is not only that the White House is significantly raising so-termed 'safety levels' for nuclear radiation in drinking water and soil, but also that mainstream media are all too quiet about this assault on people's health.

National Sustainable Design Expo gets set to kick off in D.C. Special

Washington - The annual National Sustainable Design Expo is scheduled to take place this week. Yesterday, work could be observed in downtown Washington to prepare for the 2-day event.

EPA audit exposes major problems in radiation monitoring system Special

A recently released report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General's Office has revealed perilous failures in the operation of RadNet, the nationwide radiation monitoring network, in the midst of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Coalition demands probe on Dow & Monsanto GMOs & pesticides

Farmers and food industry representatives are demanding a probe into the potential outcome of a new genetically modified crop in combination with the usage of the 2,4-D pesticide.

Global warming happened in Medieval times with no CO2 emissions

A team of scientists have raised questions about current scientific theories about global warming. They showed there was a similar pattern of "global warming" during medieval times and that the planet cooled down after that leading to a "mini ice age."

Op-Ed: Keystone XL pipeline protesters rally in North America (Part 1)

Calgary - The controversial Canada-U.S. collaboration of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline project provokes protesters to rally in Canada and the U.S. It doesn’t look as if it’s calming down any time soon.

Los Angeles Basin smog involved in lawsuit with EPA

Los Angeles - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the target of a lawsuit alleging the government agency missed a May deadline for determining dangerous ozone levels and delivering strict guidelines on smog in the Los Angeles Basin.

EPA's new smoke rule could clear air, close plants, create jobs

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced July 7 it finalized the Cross-State Air Pollution rule that requires, by 2014, drastic reductions from the 2005 levels of SO2 and NOx smokestack emissions, which often blow long-distances.

Utility giant to close five US coal-fired plants

Columbus - American Electric Power (AEP), the Ohio utility giant, announced late last week it will retire five coal-fired fuel plants and spend billions of dollars to comply with a series of proposed regulations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Over half of Americans live in dangerous levels of air pollution

Washington - A new report listing the most polluted cities in the US shows that, while improvements in levels of ozone and year-round particle pollution have occurred, more than half of all Americans live in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution.

US gov’t may raise radiation exposure levels in food, drink, soil

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering approval of a plan designed to dramatically increase permissible radiation contamination levels in food, water and soil after radiation events, including spills and dirty bomb attacks.

EPA reports radiation found in American milk

As radiation continued to emanate from Japan's troubled Fukushima nuclear plant, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced the detection of radiation in American milk supplies.

U.S. EPA enters the battle raging over massive Pebble Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced February 7, 2011 that it will review the consequences of the proposed massive Pebble Mine project on the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska.

Op-Ed: Gulf Coast oil disaster an exercise in secrecy and deception

The fallacies about the Gulf Coast oil disaster being over are nothing but propaganda being used to mislead an unsuspecting public. People are dying to keep keep the true magnitude of the disaster covered up and the crisis is far from over
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This is how it was in 1972. The burning of discarded automobile batteries in Houston, Texas.
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The Bristol Bay Watershed includes wetlands and tundra. Upper Talarik Creek (shown here) flows into Lake Iliamna and then the Kvichak River before emptying into Bristol Bay.
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The EPA tests engine emissions very carefully but there is some debate as to how much focus they put on mileage.
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Worker at RadNet radiation monitor.
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These sediment samples were collected out of Cocodrie, La in the Gulf of Mexico. EPA is collecting both sediment and water samples to assess potential oil spill impacts on aquatic life near shore and are analyzing sediment for 29 chemicals that are components of oil.
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The world is sitting up and taking notice of what is happening to our planet.
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The oil spill streaming into the Gulf of Mexico
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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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On April 15 work was taking place setting up for the Expo event which will open on Thurs., April 18 and run through Friday.
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Each year students compete in the P3 Award. In Phase I grants are awarded to continue research. Winners have an opportunity to receive additional funding to bring their product promoting sustainability to market.
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An exploration camp sits on top of the Pebble deposit, one of the largest undeveloped copper, gold and molybdenum deposits in the world.
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This tent will house hundreds of students, nonprofits, scientists and feds who will showcase their innovative ideas for sustainability. Some past winners will also be present to show what they have accomplished.
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