Americans and the environment are at greater risk because the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to effectively manage the importation of hazardous waste, according to a new report from the agency's internal watchdog.
The report from EPA's inspector general found that the agency is doing an “incomplete and ineffective” job of tracking and managing the imports and lacks the explicit power to stop imports it wants to block. The agency, the report said, can't confirm that waste shipments arrive at their intended locations, that shipments are received by permitted facilities, or that shipments have not been lost or unaccounted for.
The agency's oversight issues increased the risk of environmental damage or human harm from the substances, the report said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP on Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties after millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf. Individual states also were pursuing litigation. Most of those penalties were to be distributed among the states for environmental and economic restoration projects along the Gulf Coast.
WEST POINT, Neb. (AP) — A hospital confirmed that seven people were injured on Wednesday, two of them critically, from an incident at a petroleum distribution center in northeast Nebraska that one witness said produced large flames and black smoke.
St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point said in a statement that seven people were taken to the facility following an incident at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in the town about 70 miles northwest of Omaha.
Wildfires are charging through several dry Western states, including a blaze in California that showed new life after burning for a week and forced residents of some communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:
Officials have concluded that the 2014 derailment of a Canadian National Railway train - including five cars of crude - in rural New Brunswick was caused by steel problems that caused a wheel to shatter, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says Shell successfully completed testing of its well-blowout response off the coast of Washington this week, ahead of the company’s planned start to Arctic drilling, FuelFix reports.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio is expected to take another three decades or more, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman had asked whether the administration was committed to decontaminating and decommissioning the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon at an accelerated rate and finishing by 2024, as announced by former Energy Secretary Steven Chu. In a response sent earlier this month and shared Tuesday by Portman, the department said the 2024 goal "is not achievable."
Continuing concerns about a supply glut and worries about turbulence in China’s stock market were pressuring U.S. oil prices Tuesday, on top of the sharp drop a day earlier. U.S. benchmark crude for August delivery lost 20 cents to settle at $52.33 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent gained 31 cents to $56.85, Dow Jones reports.
The crew of Shell's icebreaker MSV Fennica, on its way to the Chukchi Sea carrying a critical piece of equipment, found a leak Friday in the ship's ballast tank and it has turned back for repairs, FuelFix reports.
Analysts with the Carbon Tracker Initiative say the push to keep cutting carbon emissions increases the long-term risk of wasted capital expenditure on natural gas projects that end up being surplus to requirements, E&E reports.
In a move that appears to target rebel rancher Cliven Bundy and others who might follow his example, House Democrats hope to amend the Interior Department/EPA spending bill to block anyone from being granted a grazing permit if they haven't paid the fees they already owe the federal government, National Journal reports.
Officials in the handful of water districts that reported a surge in May water use despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s order to cut consumption by a quarter are struggling to come up with explanations, the Los Angeles Times reports.
With its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan - now claimed to be the zero emission car with the longest range – Toyota will start offering a direct challenge to Tesla’s plug-in Model S in the U.S., Business Insider reports.
Tesla hopes to start selling batteries in Australia early next year, in a market Morgan Stanley says may be worth $18 billion and where half of all homes are projected to be using solar power by 2040, Bloomberg reports.