EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is an independent agency of the U.S. government that coordinates programs that aim to reduce pollution and protect the environment.

U.S. moves closer to oil exploration in Atlantic

The U.S. Interior Department opened the door last week to the first searches in decades for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast, recommending that undersea seismic surveys proceed, though with a host of safeguards to shield marine life from much of their impact.

Discovery could lead to weapon against invasive species

A biologist in Albany, N.Y., discovered a bacterium that kills invasive zebra and quagga mussels, which have no natural predators in the U.S. waters they have infested, but appears to have little or no effect on other organisms.

EPA hands out grants to fight nutrient pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded nearly $9 million in grants to researchers who are trying to manage nutrient pollution, a type of water pollution that creates the Gulf of Mexico’s so-called “dead zone.”

EPA hearing on ethanol set for Thursday

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a hearing Thursday to receive testimony on a proposal that would lower the required amount of ethanol in the fuel supply for the first time ever.

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VIDEO: Guy Harvey movie screening set for Florida college

Marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey and two-time Emmy Award winner George Schellenger will discuss the making of their documentary “Tiger Shark Express,” at a screening at Broward College. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Bailey Hall at the Broward College campus in Davie, Fla., as part of the…more

Threat of lawsuit against EPA could affect industry

Environmental groups are threatening the Environmental Protection Agency with a lawsuit that could result in additional regulations for boatbuilders. The Sierra Club and California Communities Against Air Toxics said in an Aug. 26 letter recently posted to the EPA’s website that the agency failed to review toxics standards for 46 industries, including the marine industry,…more

EPA releases videos on climate change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a series of short public-service videos on climate change, encouraging Americans to reduce energy consumption. The videos cover a range of topics related to climate change, including its causes and effects, actions Americans can take to reduce their impact and the benefits to the economy of addressing climate change.…more

Study sees ocean acidity hurting sea life

A new study on an array of marine animals shows that all of them will suffer in different ways in the acidified oceans of coming decades. That means rising carbon dioxide levels will trigger some profound reshuffling of life in the seas as some species are more hurt than others, according to a new report…more

Save the Sound reports progress in anti-pollution effort

The village of Mamaroneck, N.Y., and Save the Sound are reporting positive results from their waterway cleanup partnership. Through their joint investigative effort with engineers, several leaks and sewage discharges have been discovered and repaired, resulting in lower bacteria levels in Mamaroneck Harbor and improvements to Long Island Sound. “The quality of life that will…more

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