The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating whether the Louisiana state departments of Environmental Quality and Health illegally discriminated against black residents in permitting decisions regarding two chemical plants and a grain export terminal. Petitions to the EPA seeking an investigation allege the state departments failed to provide proper notice and comment opportunities to […]
By Derrick Z. Jackson As studies increasingly tally the death toll of climate change, the recent stalemate over voting rights legislation in the Senate puts the United States at a grave crossroads. The Republican Party that is rolling back voter protections in the states and blocking them on Capitol Hill — enabled by conservative Democrats — […]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $1 billion in projects that encourage farmers, ranchers and owners of forested land to employ practices that help mitigate the effects of climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions or catching and storing carbon, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack told Reuters on Monday. The new program is called […]
A plan by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to purchase a new fleet of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delivery vehicles that are mostly gas-powered has drawn criticism from the Biden Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The White House and the EPA see the replacement of the vehicles as an opportunity to support green technology.
A Virginia Senate panel has rejected former coal-lobbyist and Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler from serving in the state’s top environmental post. Wheeler was first nominated to serve as the state’s secretary of natural resources by new Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin in early January, as Huffpost reported at the time. The […]
Gas stoves emit methane even when they are not in use, a new study has found, and this makes them a bigger contributor to the climate crisis than previously believed. The research, published in Environmental Science & Technology Thursday, concluded that the annual methane emissions from gas stoves in the U.S. are equivalent to about […]
After a week-long environmental justice trip to Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana in November, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan announced that the EPA will address residents’ complaints about contaminated drinking water, chemical plants placed close to residences and a school and toxic air, The Washington Post reported. Regan said the EPA will invest […]
For the first time in more than 30 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added a new chemical to its list of hazardous air pollutants. The chemical in question is 1-bromopropane, a solvent used by dry cleaners, auto shops and other businesses.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday finalized greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks that it says are the most ambitious ever. The new standards replace lower standards set by the Trump administration, which were already a rollback of Obama-era standards. New cars will now have to average 55 miles per […]