Environmental Protection Agency News

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 …

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

President Donald Trump’s plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration’s chief talking points in favor …

Shut Philadelphia Refinery Begins Risky Job of Removing Toxic Chemical

PHILADELPHIA — Workers at the fire-damaged Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery took the first steps this week toward ridding the plant of roughly 30,000 barrels of modified hydrofluoric acid, a dangerous undertaking that has rarely, if ever, been performed under similar …

Bayer’s Other Legal Mess: An Old Liability Many Have Forgotten

The widening legal nightmare over Roundup weedkillers isn’t the only potential multi-billion-dollar liability Bayer AG inherited last year when it acquired Monsanto Co. While thousands of damage claims over Roundup have grabbed headlines and hogged the attention of investors, the …

Trump EPA Allows Use of Controversial Pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will not ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to health issues in children, from use on U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables. The agency denied the petition by a …

‘Burning River’ Loses Sting in Cleveland 50 Years After Fire

CLEVELAND — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River’s most famous fire, a plucky new generation of Cleveland artists and entrepreneurs has turned the old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of local pride. “Everybody …

Bayer Bets on ‘Silver Bullet’ Defense in Roundup Litigation

Bayer AG plans to argue that a $2 billion jury award and thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer should be tossed because a U.S. regulatory agency said the herbicide is not a public health …

Duke University Pays $112M to Settle Faked-Research Lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C .– Duke University will pay $112 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit after federal prosecutors said a research technician’s fake data landed millions of dollars in federal grants, the school and the government said Monday. The private university …

U.S. Court Rejects GE Challenge to EPA Cleanup Orders

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected General Electric Co.’s legal challenge to part of a federal law that gives the Environmental Protection Agency the power to order companies to clean up hazardous waste. The justices let stand a U.S. appeals …