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EPA Announces New Lead Paint Enforcement

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to hold property management companies responsible for lead-based paint safety requirements.


EPA Reviewing PFOA, PFOS Regulations

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked its Science Advisory Board to review draft documents regarding health effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


ACA Urges Execution of TSCA Changes

In a recent letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Coatings Association wrote to express support of the continued implementation of the Lautenberg amendments to the...


Grants Awarded for Wastewater Virus Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it has awarded Tulane University (New Orleans) a grant to research human viruses found in wastewater intended for water reuse.


EPA Announces PFAS Strategic Roadmap

Last month, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the creation of the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap to address contamination regarding per- and poly...


EPA Finalizes Next Steps for Sherwin-Williams Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that it has finalized its plan for the next phase of cleanup of the Sherwin-Williams Superfund Site in New Jersey.


PPG Receives EPA Registration for Coating

At the beginning of the month, global coatings manufacturer PPG announced that it had received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration for its PPG Copper Armor antimicrobial paint.


EPA Awards Millions for Biosolids Research

The U.S. Environmental Agency announced in September that it was granting nearly $6 million in funding to four institutions to research the potential harming risks to human health and the en...


Study: Microplastic Paint Abundant in Ocean

A study conducted by the University of Plymouth and the Marine Biological Association (MBA) observed that paint flakes could be one of the most abundant types of microplastic particles found...


EPA Launches Lead-Safe Training Program

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new training initiative, Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach, in Southern California communities.


EPA Opens Nominations for 2022 Green Chemistry Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations for the 2022 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.


EPA Plans New Wastewater, PFAS Regulations

On Wednesday (Sept. 8), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to develop three new rulemakings in regard to identifying opportunities to better protect public health and t...


EPA Plans New Rulemaking on PBT Chemicals

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intentions to establish a new rulemaking and anticipates proposing new rules for five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemi...


$120M WIFIA Loan Awarded to CA

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $120 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan for California’s Pure Water San Diego project.


EPA Reaches $1M Clean Water Settlement

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Noble Energy, Inc., Noble Midstream Partners LP, and Noble Midstream Services, LLC (coll...


Wastewater Continues to Help Track COVID-19

Thanks to wastewater surveillance, residents living in parts of Davis, California, were able to identify areas where cases of COVID-19 were increasing.


Navy, EPA Enter Wastewater Upgrade Agreement

Announced at the end of June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that it would be entering a Federal Facility Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Navy to complete major upgrade...


EPA Announces WIFIA Loans, $9B Assistance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced a series of Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans totaling $300 million for a variety of water infrastructure ...


Shell Falcon Pipeline Under Investigation

Following probes initiated last year by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, state and federal agencies are now investigating the safety of Shel...


Sessions, Roundtables Planned for LCRR

In a recent announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a schedule of upcoming public listening sessions and roundtables regarding its Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.


PWSA to Launch Stormwater Project

Officials from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority recently reported that the city’s Four Mile Run Stormwater Project was expected to kick off this spring.


EPA Issues Order for Gowanus Canal

In an effort to control contaminated solids discharges at the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the City of New York to con...


EPA Announces Update of TSCA New Use Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released an emailed press release on its evaluation surrounding the policies, guidances, templates and regulations under the Toxic Substances Con...


EPA Issues Grant for Environmental Job Training

Environmental and conservation workforce development and job training company, Limitless Vistas Inc. has recently been awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...


EPA Declares $2.7B in Water Infrastructure Funds

In celebration of World Water Day earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of $2.7 billion in State Revolving Funds to assist state communities,...


EPA Seeks Comments on Lead, Copper Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would be extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule so that the agency could further seek public i...


EPA Announces $1.9M CWA Settlement in WY

A settlement with private energy operator Fleur de Lis Energy and Fleur de Lis Operating, LLC was reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month, in which the company agree...


EPA Settles Pittsburgh Stormwater Violations

On Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a consent agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA)...


Resolution Reached in Multi-Company PFAS Case

Chemical solutions company Chemours announced in a press release on Friday (Jan. 22) that it, DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (DD) and Corteva, Inc. (CTVA) had entered a binding memorandum of unders...


EPA Announces Final Lead Abatement Rule

At the end of last month, the EPA announced the final rule to lower the clearance levels for the amount of lead that can remain in dust on floors and windowsills after lead abatement.


AECOM Tests Wastewater for COVID-19

Last month, infrastructure consulting firm AECOM announced that it would be partnering with Northern New Jersey-based Bergen County Utilities Authority and Columbia University (New York City...


EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment of NMP

Near the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final risk evaluation for n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). This was the last step in the risk evaluation as required...


EPA Sued Over Coal Rule Revisions

Last week, a coalition of nine environmental groups announced that they were suing the United States Environmental Protection Agency over finalized revisions made to coal ash and coal plant ...


EPA Extends Comment Period on PV29 Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period on the revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29). The EPA said that the extension s to g...


EPA Proposes Tank Inspection Alternative

On Wednesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a proposal offering regulatory flexibility for the oil and gas industry by amending Clean Air Act re...


EPA Awards WV $25M for Water Projects

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had awarded $24.7 million to West Virginia for various water quality improvement projects addressing wastewater tr...


States Issue Injunction Against EPA Ruling

At the beginning of the month, nine states issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmen...


EO to Expedite Infrastructure, Waive Reviews

Last Thursday (June 4), President Donald J. Trump signed a second Executive Order, advising federal agencies to expedite infrastructure investments and other activities as to accelerate the ...


EPA Evaluates SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that its researchers would be engaging in research practices to help states, tribes, local, territorial governments, a...


EPA Limits Opposition of Energy Infrastructure

On Monday (June 1), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the agency had issued a final rule that will both promote the construction of energy-base...


PA Wastewater Plan Receives Federal Approval

Last week, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) announced that its over $2 billion plan to remove seven billion gallons of stormwater and sewage from rivers and streams in the c...


NRDC Sues Over Water Protection Rollback

The Natural Resources Defense Council, along with its partners, announced just last week that they had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of ...


Senators Propose $19.5B Water Infrastructure Bill

Last week, two lawmakers on the Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee released two pieces of draft legislation that would authorize the investment of $19.5 billion in the nat...


EPA Approves Products to Fight COVID-19

Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released a list of approved disinfectant products that meet the criteria in fighting against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COV...


Settlement Reached in 2015 Plains Spill

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a civil settlement with Plains All American Pipeline L.P. and Plains Pipeline L.P. (Plains) regarding federal pipeline ...


Funds Received for CA Wastewater Facility

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded the City of Morro Bay, California, approximately $62 million for the replacement of its 63-year old wastewater treatment ...


USDA, EPA Announce Rural Water Support

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that aims to help water systems face the challenges o...


Proposal Aims to Accelerate Environmental Reviews

The Donald J. Trump administration has recently proposed a rule, modernizing and accelerating how environmental reviews are conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act.


EPA Announces Waterway Protection Rollback

In the latest action since the Trump administration announced the roll back of nearly 95 environmental rules, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated it will be reducing the numb...


CLEAN Future Act Framework Released

Last week, leaders from the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce released legislative framework for the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CL...


EPA Proposes Cleanup for Sherwin-Williams Site

Last Monday (Nov. 25), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal for the next phase of cleanup at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund site in Gibbsboro, New Je...


EPA's Ruling on Methylene Chloride Takes Effect

On Friday (Nov. 22), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that its decision to ban all retail distribution of methylene chloride to consumers for paint and coatings removal off...


Indonesian Paint Co. Sets CA-Based Green Code

Indonesian paint company PT Mowilex has recently published a guide that classifies its products in terms of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions, according to a press release.


EPA Proposes Plant Waste Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed plans to relax rules related to how power plants store waste from coal-fired power plants. The rules in question date ba...


EPA Proposes Lead and Copper Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule amendment that would be the first significant overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991, a proposal that bo...


EPA Announces Stormwater Management Competition

To get college and university students involved with the development of green infrastructure for stormwater management, the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced via emailed pre...


EPA Threatens CA Highway Funding

In response to the state of California’s reported negligence in submitting pollution-control plans, the Environmental Protection Agency recently threatened to cut transportation funding for ...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it has settled with five Southern California-based construction firms for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting...


EPA Proposes Revisions to NSR, CWA

Last week, a few proposals emerged out of the Environmental Protection Agency—including revisions to New Source Review regulations and changes to certifications under the Clean Water Act—tha...


Mountain Valley Pipeline Coating Questioned

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently issued a request for “toxicological, environmental and health information” from the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s corporate attorney regard...


EPA Sets New Lead Standard

Last Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced new standards for lead, spec...


Flint Water Receives $77M in Funding

Marking its five-year anniversary since the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced that the city would be receiving $77.7 million in federa...


EPA Proposes Burden Reduction in TSCA Reporting

Just last week (April 12), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed amendments to the Chemical Data Reporting rule.


$50M EPA Program to Look at Lead Exposure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a new $50-million grant program to expand the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget efforts to protect children in an ...


EPA Finalizes Paint-Stripper Rule

Last Friday, (March 15) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture and importing, processing and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint...


FL Wastewater Plant Powered by Solar

The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (Key Largo, FL) recently installed 334 solar panels on the rooftop and over the chlorine contact basins at its main plant.


Senate Confirms Wheeler as EPA Chief

The Senate has recently confirmed that former coal industry lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, is to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.


EPA Announces $20.8M in Water Treatment Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an emailed press release early last week the award of more than $20.9 million to Nevada for improvements to wastewater and water infrast...


Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit Dismissed

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


Judge Dismisses Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


Isocyanate-Free Polyurethane Resin Gets EPA Grant

North Dakota-based resin manufacturer Renuvix LLC was one of the latest recipients of a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for its development of an isocyanate-free polyurethane ...


Isocyanate-Free Polyurethane Resin Gets EPA Grant

North Dakota-based resin manufacturer Renuvix LLC was one of the latest recipients of a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for its development of an isocyanate-free polyurethane ...


EPA Settle $280K in CA, AZ Lead Cases

Earlier this week the Environmental Protection Agency announced six enforcement actions related to leads paint in the states of California and Arizona.


EPA to Hold Meetings on Chemical Reviews, TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency, under the direction of Administrator Scott Pruitt, says it is fulfilling a promise made in August about the transparency of its chemical review process a...


EPA Rolls Back Toxic Substance Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is now saying that it is tightening the parameters of a congressionally mandated review of chemicals in public use, effectively leaving out millions of to...


EPA Awards Funds for Coating Development

To assist with the development of a nontoxic coating for water pipelines, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $100,000 to Oceanic Laboratories Inc., an engineering company based...


Finalized TSCA Rules Met with Resistance

Last Friday the Environmental Protection Agency published its third and final Toxic Substance Control Act Framework rule, dictating the inventory notification requirements of retrospective c...


EPA's Pruitt Talks Backlog, Transparency Goals

The Environmental Protection Agency released a statement on Monday saying that it has eliminated a monthslong backlog of new chemical cases that needed safety reviews.


EPA Accepts Standards for Sustainable Products

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency said it will recognize The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, which is recommended at the highest level for seven building materials and con...


Federal Agencies Ramp Up Home Depot Probe

Atlanta-based home improvement company The Home Depot faces investigations and fines in at least three states after its contractors allegedly mishandled the removal of lead paint.


EPA to Hold Meetings on TSCA, Asbestos, Lead

Those who wish to give their input on the regulations put into place regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act have until Thursday (April 27) to register.


Deadline Looms for EPA's Rules in New TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the home stretch of finalizing its Framework Action rules for the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act, which got its first upgrade in 40 years las...


Trump's Budget Would Cut EPA Lead Programs

Environmental Protection Agency officials are proposing to eliminate two programs that are focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead paint, according to an internal memo obtained by Th...


EPA, California Team Up on USTs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it, along with the California State Water Resources Control Board, has successfully cleaned up 381 underground storage tanks ...


EPA, Sherwin-Williams Settle Cleanup Case

The Sherwin-Williams Company will be picking up a $14 million tab for the Route 561 Dump site cleanup in Gibbsboro, New Jersey, authorities have announced.


Maine Weighs RRP Rule Expansion

A Maine lawmaker has moved to expand the state's lead renovation safety rules because of the region's high lead poisoning rates and what he believes to be lax enforcement from the Environmen...


Flint Settlement: $100M for Service Lines

The state of Michigan and the city of Flint have agreed to a settlement that will guarantee the replacement of lead or galvanized service lines to 18,000 homes in the city in less than three...


Trump Budget Cuts Transportation Funding

The budget proposal put forth last week by President Donald J. Trump would see the federal government taking a step back in its funding of transportation projects, leading some to question h...


Owner, EPA Settle Lead Fines

A New Hampshire-based property developer has agreed to pay a fine of more than $90,000 to settle charges that it violated federal lead paint rules at a historic mill building renovation proj...


Flint Faces Water Treatment, Money Struggles

In a letter penned to the Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 28, Flint, Michigan, mayor Karen Weaver said that it will take a few more years for the city to be up and running with its o...


Contractors Fined for Violating RRP Rule

Two Denver-area contractors have settled with the federal government over allegations that they violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.


Pruitt Begins Tenure as EPA Head

Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indicating in his first address to employees and the nation that he would follow President Donald J...


Pruitt Begins as EPA Leader

On Tuesday (Feb. 21) newly confirmed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt delivered his first speech to his employees and the nation.


SSPC Session Addresses Worker Health and Safety

Health and safety were the focus of a series of presentations Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1) at SSPC 2017, where new standards and practical safety measures were addressed by experts in the fi...


Lead Paint Work Draws RRP Fines

Twelve California renovation contractors recently faced tens of thousands of dollars in fines for failing to abide by federal lead-based paint rules.


CA Firm Enters Lead Safety Settlement

A California company that specializes in coatings and window installation has settled with government regulators over alleged failure to employ federally mandated lead-safety practices.


2 Railcar Cleaners Face EPA Action

Two railcar cleaning facilities in different parts of the U.S. are facing orders from the Environmental Protection Agency over their handling of hazardous waste.


EPA Seeks Green Chemistry Nominees

The federal government is looking for potential awardees for its annual program honoring new chemical technologies, such as those used in paints and coatings, that are helping to keep the pl...


Enter EPA’s Green Chemistry Challenge

New chemical technologies, including those that make paints and coatings safer, are the focus of an annual federal awards program, now accepting recommendations.


Pair of Pipeline Breaches Vex OK, PA

Two pipeline breaches in different areas of the United States within three days’ time have left environmental concerns and fueled debate over the safety and reliability of the pipeline syste...


Report: EPA Failed to Act Swiftly on Flint

An internal investigation has concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have acted months earlier to warn residents of Flint, MI, of lead contamination in their drinking...


Exposed Lead Paint Tainted Drinking Water

A small town in eastern Virginia is the site of a brewing controversy over a water tank that was allegedly exposing residents to lead—even a year after the dangers were first uncovered.


EPA Busts Sears on Lead Safety

The home-improvement arm of one of the United States’ largest retailers has settled with the federal government over allegations it failed to ensure that its contractors were following lead-...


Surfactant Touts Low Environmental Impact

A new ingredient for degreasers and outdoor cleaning products has been developed by AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) for both consumer and commercial applications that involve direct relea...


Feds to Cleanup Former Sack Factory

Asbestos from badly deteriorating structures in a small New York town have prompted federal action.


Chemical Companies Face $90B Suit

A whistleblower lawsuit, seeking $90 billion, alleges that four of the largest global chemical manufacturers have concealed information about dangerous chemicals from the government.


Chemical Giants Face $90B Suit

Four major chemical manufacturers are facing a $90 billion lawsuit in which a large U.S. law firm claims they concealed information about dangerous substances from the American government.


Senate Passes Bill to Fund Flint Fixes

A $9 billion water infrastructure bill passed the U.S. Senate late last week, with hundreds of millions allocated for improvements to systems in Flint, MI, and other cities with potentially ...


More Injection Wells Halted After OK Quake

A Labor Day weekend earthquake in Oklahoma that was originally reported at magnitude 5.6 was upgraded late last week to a record 5.8, prompting the closure of a total of 54 wastewater inject...


EPA, Texas at Odds Over Wells and Quakes

Federal and state officials seem to be at odds over the effect oil and gas drilling are having on seismic activity in northern Texas, as a new review from the Environmental Protection Agency...


Firm Fined for Lead Lapses

A California specialty contractor faces fines for allegedly violating the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule while working at seven residential projects.


EPA Seeks Comments on Copper Toxicity Test

The federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment is seeking public comment on water quality criteria that includes a copper toxicity testing method relevant to ...


Owner, Contractor Face Hefty Lead Fines

Federal regulators have levied nearly $300,000 in total fines against three New Hampshire companies for allegedly failing to follow lead-based paint regulations at a commercial and residenti...


EPA: Diesel Storage Tank Corrosion Common

A vast majority of diesel fuel underground storage tanks may exhibit moderate to severe corrosion, according to the U.S. government—but few of the tanks’ owners are aware of it.


Oil Spills Reach $177M Resolution

Nearly six years after what is described as the costliest inland oil spill to occur in the United States, the energy company responsible for the affected pipeline has agreed to pay $177 mill...


EPA Shares Year-One Plan for TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its first-year plan for activities and actions to enact the newly amended U.S. chemicals law, the first such major chemical management l...


Ban on Antimicrobials Sparks ACA Response

American paint and coatings manufacturers are urging one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems to modify a ban on the use of antimicrobial products, including paints, in its facilities.


EPA Outlines Chemical Law Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined initial actions it will undertake to implement the nation’s first major chemical management law reform in 40 years.


EPA Crackdown Leads to Lead Safety Fines

A number of contractors in Denver and North Dakota are facing fines for violating federal law regarding work done on older buildings that might contain lead paint.


Chemical Law Update Gets President's OK

The U.S. president has signed a bipartisan bill that would update the Toxic Substances Control Act, the federal law governing how chemicals are managed, for the first time in 40 years.


President Signs New Chemical Law

Bipartisan legislation that intends to bring the Toxic Substances Control Act into the 21st century has been signed into law.


DDDA Producer Wins Green Award

A component used in corrosion inhibitors and other kinds of paints, coatings and sealants came up big as winner of this year's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Small Business Award.


Coating Chemistry Wins Green Award

A California producer of bio-based chemicals won a 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for a product that’s used in paints, coatings and sealants, among other materials.


New Cleanup Plans at Former Paint Plant

A year after first announcing a cleanup proposal at a highly contaminated New Jersey site that was once a Sherwin-Williams paint and varnish manufacturing plant, the federal government is pr...


Cleanup Update at Sherwin-Williams Sites

The federal government is moving ahead with action to clean up the site of a former Sherwin-Williams paint factory in New Jersey that it says contaminated its surroundings with toxins and ca...


EPA, PPG Settle Hazardous Waste Allegations

PPG will pay the federal government $59,000 as part of a settlement over allegations involving hazardous waste at research and manufacturing facilities in Springdale, PA.


PPG Pays $59K Over Waste Allegations

The federal government announced a settlement this week with PPG in relation to alleged hazardous waste violations at the coatings manufacturer’s Springdale, PA facilities.


ACA Urges Chemical Bill Resolution

Coating manufacturers say the window to bring home the first overhaul of chemical safety laws in a generation is narrowing.


EPA Grants NJ, NY, VI Clean Water Funds

Two U.S. states and one territory were awarded federal grants Monday (May 2) to undertake water infrastructure projects, largely involving wastewater systems and drinking water systems.


Refinery Faces $720K in EPA Fines

Six years after a deadly explosion at a Washington state refinery, the federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment has filed a complaint against the Tesoro Ref...


EPA, NYC Set Sites for Gowanus Tanks

The City of New York and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached a tentative agreement regarding the construction of two sewage and storm water tanks to be built as part of the...


Environmental Efforts Earn Recognition

An Avon, OH-based supplier of specialty additives, resins and pigments has achieved recognition from the state agency tasked with protecting the environment and public health by ensuring com...


Coatings Company Settles with EPA

A Massachusetts polyester resin and specialty chemical products manufacturer has settled allegations it violated federal clean water laws.


Research Seeks Safer Military Coatings

A professor at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has secured funding to develop environmentally responsible, but high-performance coatings for the U.S. military aircraft and shipboard surfac...


EPA Funds Student, Small Biz Innovation

The Environmental Protection Agency is working with students and small businesses around the country to support green building technologies, innovative technologies that protect the environm...


Coast Guard Considers MI ‘Twin’ Bridge

Billionaire bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun is pushing forward with plans to build a replacement span for his privately owned 86-year-old Ambassador Bridge, even as planning is well under...


Asbestos Pipe Work Leads to Guilty Plea

The improper removal and disposal of asbestos during pipeline work led a 60-year-old Kennard, TX, man to admit guilt for federal environmental violations, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announc...


Officials Probe Lead-Safe Reports

Maryland residents who thought their homes were safe from lead paint might not be certain anymore.


EPA Allots $182M for CA Water Projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making $182 million in funding available for California to invest in projects that will improve local drinking water and wastewater infrastructur...


EPA Takes Over Lead Testing in Flint

In what has become a national crisis over localized contaminated drinking water, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said it would be taking over water testing and ordering an indepe...


EPA Assesses Wastewater Infrastructure

A recent survey by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation’s wastewater infrastructure over the next five years...


EPA Seeks Comments for RRP Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting feedback on how to create lead testing kits that meet the performance recognition criteria in its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (R...


EPA Invests in State Water Projects

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $165 million dollars to six New England states in support of water projects that safeguard public health and the envir...


New Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator

In an effort to make hazardous waste regulations more user-friendly, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an update to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).


EPA Settles 75 Lead Paint Cases

The Environmental Protection Agency entered into 75 settlements in the past year with contractors who failed to follow the federal lead paint guidelines.


Call for Resignation Amid Water Woes

A corroded drinking water supply crisis in Flint, MI, has one group asking for the resignation of the state's environmental director and others demanding further investigation into the matte...


Lead Awareness Week to Kick Off

Communities and organizations across the country plan to join the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De...


BP Settles Deepwater Disaster for $20B

BP will pay more than $20 billion to settle claims against it for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010.


Home Renovator Settles RRP Case

A Missouri renovation company will pay $21,980 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.


EPA Funds Green Tech Development

Coatings and concrete are among the applications benefiting from a $2 million investment supporting the development of green technologies.


Awards Focus on Green Coatings, Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $2 million in a range of green technologies, including the development of greener polyurethane coatings, sustainable concrete and envir...


Property Owner to Pay Fine, Abate Lead

A California real estate company has reached a settlement with federal authorities after it failed to notify tenants of the presence of lead paint in some of its rental properties.


EPA Launches IAQ App for Schools

A new mobile app aims to assist school officials in performing indoor air quality facility assessments.


Monitor Made for Dust Collection

A web-based dust-collection diagnostic system billed as the "first of its kind" has been introduced by Camfil Air Pollution Control.


Web-based Unit Monitors Air Quality

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has designed a web-based system for dust collection diagnostics.


EPA Fines Caltrans, Contractor $80K

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement for $80,000 each with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and a general contractor for dumping fuel an...


EPA Adds Time for Cleanup Comments

NEW YORK--Cleanup on a Superfund site at a former paint manufacturing facility may be delayed now that federal regulators have extended a public comment period.


EPA Tightens Rules for Storage Tanks

WASHINGTON--Stepped-up containment, training and inspection will soon be required under newly revised federal regulations meant to prevent hazardous releases from the nation's 571,000 underg...


EPA Releases Environmental Mapping Tool

WASHINGTON—Developers, planners and builders can get a detailed look at the environmental risks and implications of their potential projects with a sophisticated new tool from the U.S. Envir...


Map Tool Flags Environmental Issues

WASHINGTON—A new environmental justice screening and mapping tool can now help developers, governments and project managers better understand the environmental demands and risks of their nex...


Navy to Upgrade Aging Pacific Tank Base

HONOLULU--After decades of leaks at its quarter-billion-gallon, World War II-era tank farm underneath Oahu, the U.S. Navy has agreed to a comprehensive upgrade to prevent future releases.


Cleanup Set for Sherwin-Williams Site

NEW YORK, NY—After years of study, cleanup is about to begin at a Superfund site poisoned by decades of paint-manufacturing operations.


Sherwin-Williams Superfund Cleanup Set

NEW YORK, NY—Neighbors of a Superfund site that long housed Sherwin-Williams paint manufacturing activities are in line for a $14 million cleanup, under a plan just announced by federal auth...


Developer Faces $500k Runoff Tab

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—A San Juan developer has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle federal claims that it improperly discharged stormwater into a Puerto Rico stream and violated other permit re...


5 Finishers Settle EPA Claims

LOS ANGELES—A multiyear federal investigation into metal finishing in Southern California has ended with nearly $224,000 in environmental fines against five companies.


Coal-Ash Issues to Cost Duke $102M

WASHINGTON—Three subsidiaries of the nation's largest power company will pay $102 million in fines and environmental projects after pleading guilty to federal crimes in connection with a mas...


EPA's Asbestos Plan: Leave It

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The federal government has proposed leaving behind toxic asbestos found in walls of houses and underground in Libby, MT, in a final plan issued for the Superfund site.


EPA’s Biggest (Energy) Loser is AL Town

WASHINGTON, DC—A five-building cluster in a small Alabama town has won the fifth annual Battle of the Buildings, trimming 25 percent from its energy waste line.


EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule

U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair.


Contractor Fined for River Sewage

A marine construction contractor and an Oregon county have both agreed to pay fines to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act that occurred during sewage treatment plant work, the U.S. En...


EPA Sued to Act on Stormwater

Seeking again to force Uncle Sam's hand, environmental groups are demanding a court-ordered deadline for federal rules to control runoff from construction projects and developments.


Stormwater Stalling Spurs Lawsuit

In a move likely to impact construction in all sectors, environmental groups are suing to enforce a 2003 court order that requires the federal government to strengthen regulations preventing...


Construction Hails Coal-Ash Rule

Calling it "good news for taxpayers," builders and contractors are cheering a federal decision not to regulate fly ash and other coal waste as hazardous materials.


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

In a decision widely viewed as a victory for the coal industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a final rule that classifies coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid—n...


EPA Enforces RRP against 62 Contractors

Dozens of U.S. renovation contractors, painters and training providers will share a tab of more than $200,000 to settle federal violations of the Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair and Pain...


Landlords Settle EPA Lead-Paint Case

Two Boston-area landlords have agreed to pay a $10,887 penalty and spend nearly $100,000 on abatement to settle federal allegations involving lead disclosure laws.


Prison Terms Set in Marine Coating Case

The brother-owners of a Florida-based marine coatings company will serve time in prison for producing and selling a TBT-containing antifouling for years after the toxic product was banned.


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

Invoking the 1984 tank explosion that ignited the world's worst industrial disaster, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an urgent new call for measures to improve chemical handling sa...


Coal Ash Decision Hits Home Stretch

So, are ash, slag and other coal combustion waste products hazardous or not?


Coal Ash Rule Goes to the Wire

Four and a half years after it was proposed and one year after a federal judge demanded a decision, a rule to determine the disposal fate of coal waste has—theoretically—reached its last sto...


Coatings Maker Accepts EPA Waste Fine

An industrial-coatings manufacturer will pay a $20,240 penalty to settle claims that it violated federal hazardous-waste regulations at its Pennsylvania plant.


EPA Guide Aims to Clear School Air

New federal guidance shows how to prevent adverse health effects from energy retrofits and building upgrades in schools.


Road to Risk Rule Likely to Lengthen

Facing a deadline, the American Coatings Association is asking federal regulators for more time to produce information on the industry’s risk-management plans for chemical releases.


Coating Makers Seek Delay on Risk RFI

Calling the data demands too much and too soon, U.S. paint and coating makers have requested three additional months to produce information on their risk-management plans for chemical releas...


Paint Paperwork Draws $100K Fine

A Vermont ferry service will pay $100,000 to resolve federal allegations of recordkeeping violations and improper paint use.


5th Man Sentenced in NY Asbestos Case

A supervisor for an asbestos abatement contractor is the latest defendant sentenced for his role in mishandling a major removal project at six public-housing buildings in Buffalo, NY.


Paint Maker Accepts $90K Fine

A New York manufacturer has agreed to settle federal citations resulting from the discovery of more than 100 leaking, corroded drums of paint during a fire at the plant.


Poor Paint Storage Draws $90K Fine

A New York paint company will pay $90,000 to settle alleged hazardous-waste violations after a fire investigation revealed over 100 improperly stored, corroded paint drums, federal officials...


Runoff Case to Cost USAF Builder

One of the nation’s largest private builders of military housing will pay $310,000 to resolve allegations of federal Clean Water Act violations at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.


Corrosion Threat Seen to 500K Tanks

A half-million storage tanks installed below 156,000 gas stations in the United States could be harboring a "hidden hazard" in need of a pricey fix, federal scientists are warning.


Builder to Pay $250K in EPA Case

One of the nation’s largest home builders has agreed to pay $250,000 in federal fines to resolve allegations of Clean Water Act violations at building sites across Utah.


EnviroAtlas Offers Eco-Map to Planners

Air and water quality, climate and biodiversity data, natural hazard risks and other critical environmental criteria for projects are now available in a comprehensive new interactive website...


Owners’ Lead Dodge Backfires

A Boston landlord who tried to evict pregnant tenants rather than provide the appropriate lead-paint abatement for their units, will pay $23,000 to resolve allegations of housing discriminat...


EPA Offers Eco-Atlas for Projects

Hoping to avert yet another project standoff over fragile critters and surprise health hazards, the U.S. government has unfolded a new nationwide, interactive, environmental roadmap.


Students’ Building Advances Honored

Student designs that improve indoor air quality, find purpose in low-quality wood, and harness solar power in novel ways have captured awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Lowe’s to Settle RRP Case for $500K

Lowe’s Home Centers LLC has agreed to pay $500,000—the largest penalty of its kind yet imposed—to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules.


Window Maker Settles RRP Case

A Pennsylvania window manufacturer and installer will pay a $25,690 civil penalty to settle allegations that it failed to comply with federal lead-safe regulations.


EPA Seeks Entries for Green Challenge

Safer, cleaner, more efficient industry technologies are invited to compete in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual green chemistry competition.


19th ‘Green Chemistry’ Challenge Opens

Federal environmental officials are recruiting greener chemicals, products and reactions for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.


Tank Contract Firm Tangles with Feds

A senior engineer has pleaded guilty and three executives at an Illinois tank maintenance firm have been indicted in an alleged scheme to defraud the state's Environmental Protection Agency ...


EPA Lifts BP Contract Suspension

Nearly four years after 11 oil-rig workers perished in BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant is fully back in business with the U.S. government...


Keystone XL Clears State Dept. Report

The State Department has found no major environmental objections to TransCanada Corp.'s latest proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline, unplugging a major obstacle to the six-year-old plan.


EPA Settles with Military on Tank Issues

Three military bases in Virginia have paid federal regulators a combined $62,634 in fines to settle allegations of violating underground storage tank regulations.


EPA: $165M Base Cleanup Complete

The U.S. Navy’s 20-year, $165 million cleanup of hazardous waste at a California air base is nearly complete, clearing the way to redevelop the land with new houses and businesses.


WA Hits Feds over Leaking Nuke Tank

The federal government is doing an “unacceptable” job of removing waste that has been leaking from a Hanford Site nuclear tank for at least 16 months, Washington State officials say.


Boston Landlords Face Lead Fines

Two Boston-area housing providers accused of skirting both lead-paint disclosure laws and rental laws regarding families have agreed to sanctions and fines to resolve lead and discrimination...


EPA Slams Chevron in Refinery Blast

Already shouldering $963,200 in state fines, oil giant Chevron is now facing $37,500 a day in federal penalties from a corrosion-related blast that endangered 19 workers and sent 15,000 peop...


Public Housing Gets $1.4M Lead Cleanup

Hundreds of tons of lead-laced soil has been removed from a public housing complex in Newark, NJ, after a $1.4 million, year-long effort by the Environmental Protection Agency and partners.


After the Fall: Prison and Questions

The former senior federal official called his years of riches, built on an imaginary double life, a “rush.” Prosecutors called it “offensive.” And the judge called it “unbelievably egregious...


Prison Awaits EPA’s $900K Con Man

The bizarre flameout of John C. Beale’s once-distinguished federal career—from senior official to fake CIA spy—will end with a 32-month federal prison sentence.


Coating Technologies Take EPA Honor

A new architectural coating technology that purportedly improves performance while using less titanium dioxide has been named one of the top green chemistry advances of 2013.


Coating Advances Top 2013 EPA Awards

New coating technologies that drastically reduce the use of toxic hexavalent chromium and costly titanium dioxide are among the top green chemistry innovations for 2013.


Award Focuses on Safe Graffiti Removers

Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $75,000 in the development of less-toxic paints and graffiti removal products.


MN Warns of Solvent Vapors in Homes

Industrial solvent vapors from contaminated groundwater at an old Superfund site may be intruding into homes and properties in southeast Minneapolis, state officials have announced.


EPA Fines MO Remodeler in Lead Case

A Missouri contractor has agreed to pay $30,000 to resolve allegations that it violated federal lead-safety regulations in restoring a 19th-century home.


After Sandy: Building for the Next Hit

One year after Hurricane Sandy crippled the East Coast, federal agencies have spent billions to rebuild damaged infrastructure but say there is more work to do—especially when it comes to pr...


EPA Fines DOE over Nuke Site Asbestos

The Department of Energy is facing a $115,000 fine for its contractor's alleged mishandling of asbestos debris at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.


$46.7M Paint Sludge Cleanup Planned

The next step in removing tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge, paint waste and tainted soil from an old Ford Motor Co. site in New Jersey will cost $46.7 million, under a cleanup plan ...


Bizarre Claims Fueled $900K EPA Theft

“Lies of outlandish proportions” allowed a federal official to illegally rake in nearly $900,000 in cash and perks for more than a decade—and at least one Senator is demanding to know how th...


Hearing Urged after $900K EPA Theft

A Republican Senator is demanding hearings into management practices at the Environmental Protection Agency after a former official admitted making bizarre claims that reaped him nearly $900...


Paint Maker Fined $262K in Blasts, Fire

A Chicago-area paint factory rocked by explosions and a fire is now facing more than two dozen safety violations, including allegations of blocked exits and mismanagement of hazardous chemic...


Arrest at EPA Sparks Call for Probe

A former top-ranking Environmental Protection Agency official has been charged with skimming nearly $900,000 from the agency over more than a decade—and a U.S. senator wants to know just how...


60-School Cleanup to Cost Handler $300K

A commercial waste handler in Rhode Island will pay more than $300,000 in fines and costs to clean out hazardous chemicals at dozens of schools, to resolve federal and state allegations of w...


MA Contractor Cited for Sub’s Lapses

A Massachusetts contractor faces a $28,125 federal fine for alleged lead hazards created by a window subcontractor on a historic renovation project in Maine.


EPA Adds Time to Comply with Tank Rule

Facilities that use oil and gas storage tanks are getting a reprieve on their October deadline to install emissions controls.


EPA Fines Port, Contractors $500K

The Port of Tacoma and two of its contractors have agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act that damaged Puget Sound wetlands, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


Housing Authority Settles Lead Case

A Massachusetts public housing authority has agreed to pay $11,000 to resolve claims that it failed to inform prospective tenants about the possibility of lead-based paint in their homes.


MO Engineer Settles RRP Case

A Missouri engineering and contracting company will pay a $65,450 fine to settle allegations that it violated the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, according to fe...


Kansas DOT Settles with EPA for $477K

Racking up almost a half-million dollars in fines, the Kansas Department of Transportation has agreed to settle alleged federal violations of the Clean Air Act.


Inspection Lapses at Hanford Leaked

An inability to inspect without written warning, an understaffed team, and missing reports are among the safety problems that federal officials have found with the Hanford nuclear site, a le...


Cement Maker’s Pollution Tab: $32.5M

One of the largest cement companies in the United States will spend tens of millions of dollars in fines and new technology to resolve allegations of federal pollution violations, under a ne...


EPA to Curb Power Plant Water Toxins

Under orders from the federal courts to act, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever limits on toxic metals discharged into waterways by U.S. power plants.


EPA: Water Infrastructure Needs $384B

Drinking water infrastructure across the country is rapidly approaching the end of its lifespan and will need over $384 billion in improvements over the next two decades, a newly released su...


Commercial Contractor Settles Lead Case

A Kansas-based commercial general contractor and renovator has been slapped with a $27,286 fine for failing to use lead-safe work practices during a renovation project in Kansas City, MO.


New Rules on Formaldehyde Proposed

Plywood, particle board, adhesives and other building materials made with formaldehyde would face new curbs on emissions under a rule newly proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen...


Wal-Mart to Pay $81M in Hazardous Waste Cases

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has admitted to improperly disposing of paints, aerosols, pesticides and other hazardous waste at its stores across the country and will pay more than $81 million to res...


Paint, Plating Sites Join Superfund List

Abandoned paint and chrome plating operations are among nine hazardous-waste sites newly named to the Superfund National Priorities List.


Woman Imprisoned in Training Scam

A Gulf Coast con artist who faked federal credentials to peddle worthless “training” to unemployed immigrants has been sentenced to 57 months in prison.


OSHA Impostor Gets Prison Term

A Louisiana woman will serve nearly five years in prison for impersonating a federal safety trainer to profit off of displaced members of the Gulf of Mexico's fishing community, many of whom...


$62.5M to Help Clean up Toxic Sites

Lead- and asbestos-infested abandoned buildings are among the contaminated sites that will be cleaned up around the country thanks to a new series of grants recently issued by the EPA.


Old Paint Sites Get EPA Cleanup Funds

The toxic legacy of abandoned boat sanding, shop painting, metal finishing and other industrial operations nationwide will be addressed with more than $62.5 million in newly released federal...


$500M Set for Sandy-Hit Water Works

Water-treatment facilities across New York and New Jersey will receive more than $500 million to tackle repairs and upgrades desperately needed after Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Environmental ...


Plant Changes to Cost CEMEX $3M+

The largest U.S. producer of cement and ready-mix concrete will pay more than $3 million to settle long-running federal allegations that it illegally modified a cement plant near Rocky Mount...


EPA Settlement to Cost CEMEX $3M+

Global building materials supplier CEMEX Inc. has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty and install more than $2 million in pollution control technology to resolve alleged violations of t...


$3,600 Home Draws $115K Settlement

City officials in Kalamazoo, MI, have agreed to pay $115,000 to a homeowner to settle her claim that the city failed to disclose lead-based paint information in violation of federal law.


Water Woes to Cost Concrete Maker $1M+

Pollution of wetlands and waterways from unpermitted runoff and process water discharges will cost a New Hampshire concrete producer more than $1.3 million to remedy, under state and federal...


Concrete Maker to Pay $835K Water Fine

A New Hampshire concrete producer has agreed to pay a total of $835,000 in fines and complete a $500,000 environmental project to resolve numerous clean water violations at its sand, gravel ...


EPA Turns up Heat on Flame Retardants

Amid mounting concerns and evidence of their risks, 20 flame-retardant chemicals will undergo new assessments this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Exxon Fined $1.7M in Yellowstone Leak

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has been slapped with a $1.7 million federal fine for its 2011 crude-oil pipeline failure in the Yellowstone River, doubling its tab to date for the disaster, reg...


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

Los Angeles has topped a federal ranking of most energy-efficient cities, in terms of Energy Star building certifications, for the fifth consecutive year.


IL EPA Seeks Order at Paint Blast Site

A Chicago-area paint factory that was the scene of two explosions and a fire earlier this month will not reopen until state authorities know what caused the accident and how the cause is bei...


Homebuilders to Pay $186K in EPA Case

Two national homebuilders have agreed to pay a total of $186,000 in federal fines to resolve allegations of Clean Water Act violations at building sites in Maryland and Virginia.


 
 
   

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