| Apr 23, 2013
As the Obama administration launches a broad investigation of flame retardants used in furniture and other household goods, the nation's top environmental regulators are running into the limitations of a federal law that makes it practically impossible to...
| May 10, 2012
With efforts to revamp the nation's chemical safety law stalled in Congress, the Obama administration's top environmental regulator vowed three years ago to act on her own to beef up the oversight of toxic substances.
But key parts of the initiative...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 1:05 AM
It would be an insidious route to the end of the world, one that doesn't make quite the exciting movie plot as asteroids and super tornadoes but that could be far more of an effective apocalypse: Water overuse.
There are nearly 7 billion people on the...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 8:56 PM
WASHINGTON — Chemical companies would need to provide more health and safety information about their products and regulators would have more authority to force harmful substances off the market under legislation approved along party lines...
| Dec 20, 2012
For a class of troublesome flame retardants, this appeared to be the end of an era.
After years of study, scientists in the U.S. and Europe had reached an alarming conclusion: Flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, build up...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 1:06 AM
YADKINVILLE, N.C. - Google, of all companies, last year got into the business of hog poop.
It joined a project started by Duke University, Duke Energy and a Yadkin County farmer to pull the potent greenhouse gas methane from swine waste and use it to...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 3:45 PM
The state of Alaska is asking a federal judge to block enforcement of rules intended to limit pollution from large ships.
The request for a preliminary injunction was filed Friday.
Alaska is suing the federal government over the new fuel...