President Barack Obama's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency cleared her first hurdle on Thursday, but her confirmation remained under threat of a Republican filibuster on the Senate floor.
Gina McCarthy won the endorsement of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on a party-line 10-8 vote, with ailing Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., attending the voting session. All of the votes against her were cast by Republicans.
The Environmental Protection Agency assessed fines against two Seattle-area gas stations and ordered them to close underground injection wells to protect the Yakama Reservation's water supply, The Associated Press reports.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A simple test could have alerted officials that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated, long before authorities determined that as many as a million Marines and their families were exposed to a witch's brew of cancer-causing chemicals.
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey criticized EPA air quality rules for industrial sites and called for their withdrawal, The Associated Press reports.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A decades-old effort to nurse the battered Great Lakes to health has made progress toward reducing toxic pollution and slamming the door on invasive species, but the freshwater seas continue to face serious threats, a U.S.-Canadian agency said Tuesday.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.