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EPA Control of Toxic Chemicals on Lawmakers' New High Risk List

Article: EPA Control of Toxic Chemicals on Lawmakers' New High Risk List

WASHINGTON, DC, January 22, 2009 (ENS) – The assessment and control of toxic chemicals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was today added to the list of federal government programs, policies, and operations at high risk for waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement or in need of broad-based transformation. The list is updated every two years…

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Sues EPA to Force Cleanup

Article: Chesapeake Bay Foundation Sues EPA to Force Cleanup

WASHINGTON, DC, January 5, 2008 (ENS) – The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today filed a lawsuit to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce pollution of all kinds enough to remove the nation’s largest estuary from the federal impaired waters list. Calling it “the most significant lawsuit in the history of Bay restoration,” with “unprecedented…

EPA Faulted for Failing to Control E-Waste Exports

Article: EPA Faulted for Failing to Control E-Waste Exports

WASHINGTON, DC, September 18, 2008 (ENS) – U.S. hazardous waste regulations have not stopped exports of toxic used electronics to developing countries, partly because they are not being enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, finds a new report issued Wednesday by the investigative branch of Congress. In the report commissioned by the House Committee…

Gag Order Imposed on U.S. EPA Staff

Article: Gag Order Imposed on U.S. EPA Staff

WASHINGTON, DC, July 28, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering its staff to “not respond to questions or make any statements” if contacted by congressional investigators, reporters or its own Office of Inspector General, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. “The order reinforces a growing…

GAO: First Responders' Detection of Hazardous Releases Inadequate

Article: GAO: First Responders' Detection of Hazardous Releases Inadequate

WASHINGTON, DC, July 3, 2008 (ENS) – More than six years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, local first responders do not have tools to accurately and quickly identify the release of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear materials in an urban environment, according to a new report issued by the Government Accountability Office,…

U.S. EPA Changes Chemical Risk Assessment Process

Article: U.S. EPA Changes Chemical Risk Assessment Process

WASHINGTON, DC, April 10, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. EPA says it is expanding the process for recommending that a chemical be assessed for risk of harm to human health or the environment, “to increase its transparency and efficiency.” But the senator who heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says the changes really…

Energy Department Eases Nuclear Power Path for Iraq, Libya

Article: Energy Department Eases Nuclear Power Path for Iraq, Libya

WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2008 (ENS) – The Department of Energy has “overstated accomplishments” of a program designed to employ nuclear scientists from the former Soviet Union who might otherwise pose a nuclear proliferation risk, the investigative branch of the U.S. Congress has found. In addition, the program has recently targeted Iraq and Libya to…