Environmental Protection Agency News

Daimler to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle U.S. Diesel Issues

Daimler AG will pay about $2.2 billion to settle U.S. diesel-emissions issues in the latest fallout from years of closer regulatory scrutiny on vehicle pollution. An agreement in principle with authorities including the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency …

USDA Limits Review Requirements of Some Biotech Farm Products

CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday a rule that will simplify or waive agency reviews of certain biotech farm products, including plants and seeds that have been genetically modified or engineered. As a result, some products …

Bayer Asks California Court to Reverse $86M Roundup Cancer Verdict

Bayer AG has asked a California appeals court to overturn an $86 million verdict that found it was responsible for a couple’s cancer caused by its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup. In a Friday night filing with the California First District …

Two Killed, 20 Injured When Warehouse Explosion Shakes Houston

HOUSTON — A massive explosion Friday leveled a warehouse in Houston, killing two workers, damaging nearby buildings and homes and rousing frightened residents from their sleep miles away, authorities said. The explosion happened about 4:30 a.m. inside a building at …

United Steelworkers Sues EPA Over Weakening of Chemical Safety Rule

NEW YORK — The United Steelworkers sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court on Thursday in a bid to reverse its gutting of a safety rule at chemical plants, the union said. The largest U.S. industrial union’s lawsuit …

Notre Dame Fire Wakes the World Up to Dangers of Lead Dust

PARIS — It took a blaze that nearly destroyed Paris’ most famous cathedral to reveal a gap in global safety regulations for lead, a toxic building material found across many historic cities. After the Notre Dame fire in April spewed …

EPA Watchdog: Health Monitoring After Harvey Was Lacking

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal watchdog released a report Monday that cast doubt on the public health assurances made after Hurricane Harvey unleashed an environmental assault on the country’s largest petrochemical corridor, saying officials relied on limited data to offer …

Bayer’s Roundup Headache Grows as Plaintiffs Pile Into Court

Bayer AG faces a surge in lawsuits from people alleging that its weedkiller Roundup causes cancer, ratcheting up the legal pressure as the company engages in settlement talks. There are now 42,700 U.S. plaintiffs suing over Roundup — the herbicide …

In New Headache, WeWork Says it Found Cancer-Causing Chemical in its Phone Booths

NEW YORK — Cash-strapped WeWork, the office-sharing company that is trying to negotiate a financial lifeline, has a new problem that may prove costly. It has closed about 2,300 phone booths at some of its 223 sites in the United …

Homeless Campers not Told of Toxic Chemicals Found at Site

SEATTLE — This past summer, city of Seattle officials sent a warning to about 60 of its employees: They may have been exposed to toxic chemical compounds during a January cleanup of a Sodo homeless encampment. One police officer who …