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.

Researchers puzzled by wildlife deaths in Florida

Researchers are perplexed by a year-long spike in manatee, dolphin and pelican deaths in the shallow lagoons and brackish waters of Florida’s Indian River estuary. About 280 manatees have died in the last 12 months along 50 miles of northern estuary waters off Brevard County and the Kennedy space complex, 109 of them under mysterious…more

Groups push for better access to Chesapeake Bay

Efforts to increase access to Chesapeake Bay’s 11,684-mile shoreline are an ongoing and slow-moving process. Only 2 percent of the bay offers public access points for kayaks, canoes, fishing, swimming and other activities, the Washington Post reported, and some of those places are so packed on sunny summer weekends that access is iffy. “I call…more

New York groups sue state over discharge permits

Two New York coastal organizations are taking legal action to stop sewage pollution in Suffolk and Nassau County waterways. Peconic Baykeeper and Long Island Soundkeeper are challenging the New York state parks department in court, alleging that it failed to have federal Clean Water Act sewage discharge permits and did not comply with the law.…more

Fishing tops list of lightning death occurrences

NOAA’s National Weather Service discovered that 64 percent of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths. John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service, conducted the study by examining demographic information for 238 deaths attributed to lightning during the…more

Federal agency hands out Clean Vessel Act grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said this week that more than $14.7 million will be awarded to 23 states under the Clean Vessel Act grant program this year. The first Clean Vessel Act awards were made in 1993. The agency’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has since awarded more than $200 million to…more

Report: 2012 ranks second in climate disaster costs

A recent report from the National Climatic Data Center says 2012 saw 11 weather and climate disaster events apiece that caused losses exceeding $1 billion in damage. That makes 2012, which produced more than $110 billion in damage, the second-costliest year since 1980. The two major drivers of the damage costs in 2012 were Hurricane…more

NOAA seeks permanent right-whale restrictions

NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on a proposal to permanently adopt rules it instituted five years ago to protect North Atlantic right whales, including a 10-knot speed limit for vessels 65 feet or longer in waters where the whales gather in certain seasons. NOAA says the speed limit has reduced the number of ship strikes…more

Federal Gulf Coast spill recovery efforts inch forward

Government-sponsored recovery efforts that followed the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are slowly accelerating, federal officials and coastal communities say. Billions in civil fines paid by BP remain undistributed as lawyers wrangle in court. States are still drawing up priority lists of projects for funding. And a total damage assessment of…more

Massachusetts sues NOAA over fishing restrictions

Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley is suing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, alleging it using flawed science to restrict the fishing industry in the Northeast. Coakley told reporters Thursday that the government’s recent enforcement and regulation of the fish stock represents a “callous disregard for the well-being of New England fishermen,” according to Cape…more

Biscayne National Park drops fishing-ban proposal

Biscayne National Park dropped a controversial proposal to ban fishing across nearly 16 square miles of coral reef after vigorous opposition from anglers and members of Congress. The park, which encompasses southern Biscayne Bay, had proposed a no-fishing zone to help coral reefs recover from decades of heavy fishing that had devastated snapper, grouper, lobster…more

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