Environmental Protection Agency

Science & Health
6:47 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Dothan Agrees to EPA Settlement in Sewage Spills

Dothan has reached a tentative settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal officials over sewage overflows and other permit violations.

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Global Warming-Alabama
4:25 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Feds Seek 27 Percent Drop In Ala. Carbon Emissions

New federal government targets for reducing carbon emissions in individual states could impact Alabama's coal-fired plants.
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The Obama administration wants Alabama to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by about 27 percent over the next 16 years.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced targets for reducing carbon emissions in individual states. It's a major part of the administration's effort to combat climate change.

In Alabama, the government says power plants produced 1,444 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour in 2012. The government wants to reduce that amount by about 27 percent by 2030.

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Science & Health
9:43 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Oil Mars Alabama Swamp Months After Crude Train Crash

John Wathen, an environmentalist with the Waterkeeper Alliance, gestures at the site of a train derailment and oil spill near Aliceville, Ala., on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Environmental regulators promised an aggressive cleanup after a tanker train hauling 2.9 million gallons of crude oil derailed and burned in a West Alabama swamp in early November amid a string of North American oil train crashes.

So why is dark, smelly crude oil still oozing into the water four months later?

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Birmingham Contamination
4:46 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

B'ham Residents To Get Info On Contamination Tests

Hundres of Birmingham residents will receive letters from the EPA this week detailing the results of contamination testing on their property.
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Hundreds of residents of north Birmingham should be receiving letters from federal environmental regulators detailing the results of contamination testing on their property.

The letters are headed for residents of the Harriman Park, Collegeville and Fairmont neighborhoods, which are locate in a federal Superfund area. That gives the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to clean industrial pollution and penalize companies found responsible.

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Gas Waiver
3:56 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

EPA Grants 8 States Clean Gas Waiver After Isaac

Clean gas requirements are being temporarily waived in eight states, including Alabama, affected by Hurricane Isaac.

The Obama administration is temporarily waiving clean gas requirements in eight states affected by Hurricane Isaac. Governors requested the waiver because fuel supplies from refineries in the Gulf area were disrupted by Isaac. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says extreme circumstances could cause a gas shortage. The waiver lets gas stations sell less environmentally friendly fuel, normally reserved for winter, in addition to the regular fuel they normally sell during summer, when ozone levels are higher.

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