• United States Oct 31, 2019

    See Where Fast Food Chains Rank on Using Beef Made With Antibiotics

    Consumer groups give many of the top restaurant chains in the United States failing grades for their policies regarding antibiotics used in their beef supply for burgers and other beef dishes, NBC News reports. The report is the result of a combined effort from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Consumer Reports and...

  • New Jersey Oct 10, 2019

    EPA Proposes Rewrite of Rules on Lead Contamination in Water

    The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead. Contrary to regulatory rollbacks in many other environmental areas, the administration has called dealing with lead contamination in drinking water...

  • Congress Sep 4, 2019

    Trump Rolls Back Regulations on Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

    The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that it will roll back requirements for more energy efficient light bulbs, a set of rules that could lead to increased green house gas emissions that accelerate global warming. The filing from the Energy Department would prevent new efficiency requirements from implementation on Jan. 1 under a previous law passed during President George W....

  • JUDGE Aug 17, 2019

    Newark Fights Push for More Bottled Water Amid Lead Troubles

    New Jersey’s largest city will face off in court again Friday against an environmental group seeking to force officials to expand the distribution of bottled water to more residents facing potentially high lead levels.

  • Donald Trump May 8, 2019

    California to Ban Pesticide Said to Harm Child Development

    The nation’s most productive agricultural state moved Wednesday to ban a controversial pesticide widely used to control a range of insects but blamed for harming brain development in babies.

  • Donald Trump May 2, 2019

    Aiming at Trump, House OKs Bill to Keep US in Paris Climate Accord

    The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Thursday that would prevent President Donald Trump from fulfilling his pledge to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement and ensure the U.S. honors its commitments under the global accord. The bill falls far short of the ambitious Green New Deal pushed by many Democrats, but it is the first significant...

  • attorney Apr 16, 2019

    US Sues California, Says Water Policy Violates Law

    The federal government sued California on Thursday over a water policy it said violates the state’s environmental protection law. The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit in Sacramento federal court to block a contentious plan approved in December to increase river flows in the San Joaquin River and three tributaries to help revive dwindling salmon populations. It was part of...

  • Los Angeles Dec 7, 2018

    California Becomes First State to Mandate Solar Power for New Homes

    California became the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, following a vote by the Building Standards Commission.

  • Congress Nov 13, 2018

    FDA Gives 2 Years to Purge Six Artificial Flavors From Food

    New flavors, sweeteners and other ingredients can go through an FDA petition process to be approved as food additives. But another option lets manufacturers deem their own ingredients to be “generally recognized as safe.” There’s no clear rule for when ingredients should take one path or the other. The artificial sweetener Splenda is an approved food additive. Another sweetener, stevia,...

  • New York Jun 13, 2017

    11 States Sue Trump Administration Over Stalled Energy-Use Limits

    New York, California and nine other states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its failure to finalize energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products. The new standards would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save businesses and consumers billions of dollars, and conserve enough energy to power more than 19 million households for a year, but the U.S. Department of...

  • Donald Trump May 11, 2017

    Puerto Rico has Worst Drinking Water Violation Rate: Report

    The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has the worst rate of drinking water violations of any U.S. jurisdiction, with dangerous contaminants in recent years ranging from lead to disinfectants to coliform bacteria, an environmental group said Wednesday. Nearly the entire island was supplied in 2015 with water from systems that violated the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a...

  • NBC Mar 28, 2017

    Judge Approves Plan on Fix for 18,000 Flint Water Lines

    The state of Michigan will pay $87 million to replace water lines to thousands of homes in lead-contaminated Flint under a settlement agreement submitted Monday, NBC News reported. A hearing to approve the settlement agreement was scheduled for 1 p.m. ET Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. If Judge David Lawson OKs the deal, the Flint and Michigan governments...

  • PRESIDENT Mar 21, 2017

    Rusty Patched Bumblebee Joins Endangered Species List

    The rusty patched bumblebee on Tuesday became the first officially endangered bee species in the continental U.S., overcoming objections from some business interests and a last-minute delay ordered by the Trump administration. One of many bee types that have suffered steep population declines, the rusty patched has disappeared from about 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years....

  • United States Sep 15, 2016

    Obama Creates First Marine National Monument in Atlantic

    President Barack Obama will establish on Thursday the first national marine monument in the Atlantic, a move that’s designed to permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England.

  • Congress Sep 2, 2016

    FDA Bans Antibacterials From Soaps, Says No Proof They Work

    The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs. “We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration’ drug center director, in a statement. Friday’s decision primarily targets two...

  • United States Oct 31, 2015

    EPA May Ban Common Pesticide Used on Fruits and Vegetables

    A common pesticide used on citrus fruits, almonds and other crops would be banned under a proposal announced Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • MAYOR Oct 14, 2014

    Mayor Garcetti Signs Sweeping Water Conservation Order

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive directive Tuesday calling for a 20 percent reduction in the city’s fresh water use by 2017.

  • New Jersey Aug 1, 2014

    NJ Beach Reopens After Failed Test

    Health officials allowed bathers to return to a Jersey Shore beach that was closed after a failed water quality test.

  • New Jersey Aug 1, 2014

    No Swimming at NJ Beach After Failed Test

    Some bathers along the Jersey Shore won’t be able to go into the water after a beach failed water quality standards.

  • Pennsylvania Jul 30, 2014

    Tri-State Coal Interests Rally Before Hearings

    More than 2,000 union workers and others organized by the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia joined top state elected officials Wednesday to rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.

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