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EPA Confirms Longstanding Fears About Impact of Neonics on Bees

EPA Confirms Longstanding Fears About Impact of Neonics on Bees

Published on Wednesday, January 06, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday confirmed longstanding fears that a widely-used pesticide can pose a significant risk to honeybee populations. The first risk assessment released by the agency on the long-term impact of neonicotinoids focused on the most popular class of the insecticide, […]

Bombshell Study Reveals Methane Emissions Hugely Underestimated

Bombshell Study Reveals Methane Emissions Hugely Underestimated

Published on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The amount of methane being leaked from natural gas production sites has been hugely underestimated, according to a “bombshell” new study released on Tuesday. In a paper published at Energy & Science Engineering, expert and gas industry consultant Touché Howard argues that a much-heralded 2013 […]

Fallout Continues Over Colorado Mine Spill, Three Times Larger Than Stated

Fallout Continues Over Colorado Mine Spill, Three Times Larger Than Stated

Published on Monday, August 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer The spill which sent toxic waste from an abandoned mine into a Colorado waterway last week released three million gallons of contaminates into the state’s 126-mile Animas River—not one million, as previously announced, according to new estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As the […]

EPA Causes Massive Mine Waste Spill in Colorado That Turns River Orange

EPA Causes Massive Mine Waste Spill in Colorado That Turns River Orange

Published on Friday, August 07, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Workers with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spilled roughly one million gallons of mine waste into a Colorado creek on Wednesday, turning the nearby Animas River bright orange and prompting criticism from environmental groups over the government’s lackluster response to the accident. EPA officials on […]

Guilty as Charged: Duke Energy to Pay Record Fine for Coal Ash Crimes

Guilty as Charged: Duke Energy to Pay Record Fine for Coal Ash Crimes

Published on Friday, May 15, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Duke Energy pleaded guilty on Thursday to environmental crimes and has agreed to pay a record $102 million in fines and restitution for years of illegal pollution, ignored warnings, and poorly maintained infrastructure. U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Howard said it is the largest federal […]

Faulting EPA, Green Leaders Warn Obama: Bees Running Out of Time

Faulting EPA, Green Leaders Warn Obama: Bees Running Out of Time

Published on Thursday, February 05, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer They speak for the bees. In a letter destined for President Obama on Thursday, eleven of the nation’s top environmental and public health advocacy groups, representing millions of Americans, are demanding the administration take much stronger and swifter action to end the perilous situation of […]

‘EPA Doesn’t Give a Damn’: Groups Blast Agency’s New Coal Ash Rules

‘EPA Doesn’t Give a Damn’: Groups Blast Agency’s New Coal Ash Rules

Published on Friday, December 19, 2014 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced the first federal regulations for disposal of ‘coal ash’—toxic residual waste from coal-fired power plants—in a long-awaited move that critics blasted as toothless and insufficient. “For the thousands of citizens whose groundwater is no longer safe […]

Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution

Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution

by Naveena Sadasivam ProPublica, July 24, 2014, 10:25 a.m. For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution 2014 repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect. Efforts in Congress to clarify […]

Half a Million People to EPA: Stop ‘Largest Expansion of a Known Toxic Herbicide’

Half a Million People to EPA: Stop ‘Largest Expansion of a Known Toxic Herbicide’

Published on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by Common Dreams – Andrea Germanos, staff writer Over half a million people including scientists, doctors and food safety advocates have urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to approve a new herbicide mix proposed by Dow because they say it would open the floodgates to a vast increase […]

Moms to EPA: End Monsanto’s Poisoning of America

Moms to EPA: End Monsanto’s Poisoning of America

Published on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Common Dreams – Andrea Germanos, staff writer Photo: London Permaculture/cc/flickrIt's time for Monsanto's Roundup to stop poisoning our food. That was the message brought to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday by a group of concerned mothers who say that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widespread […]

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