Petition Seeks Overhaul of U.S. EPA Testing Following VW Scandal

Read the full story from Bloomberg News.

An environmental group is seeking to have every model of car and light trucks sold in the U.S. undergo on-the-road emissions tests, adding to calls for more aggressive efforts following revelations that Volkswagen AG rigged its vehicles to fool laboratory-based screening.

VW says emission scandal investigations to take months

Read the full story from Reuters.

Volkswagen said on Thursday it would take longer than expected to investigate its rigging of vehicle emissions tests, raising the prospect of months of uncertainty for customers, shareholders and staff.

EU probes TV makers over energy efficiency test scores

Read the full story from the BBC.

The European Commission says it is “following up” two reports that raise concerns that software used in TVs may be skewing their energy rating scores.

One study indicates that some Samsung TVs nearly halve their power consumption when a standardised test is carried out.

Another accuses a different unnamed manufacturer of adjusting the brightness of its sets when they “recognise” the test film involved.

Samsung has denied any wrongdoing.

Scientists say New York City already faces much worse flood risks due to rising seas

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

In a new study, scientists say that the risk of major hurricane or storm-driven flooding in New York City is already considerably higher than it was 1,000 or even 100 years ago, thanks both to a considerable rise in sea level, but also, they say, to changes in the nature of storms.

Obama administration tightens smog limits but satisfies few

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Obama administration tightened limits Thursday on a key air pollutant that causes urban smog, a move that officials say will alleviate suffering for millions of Americans who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

EPA’s New Smog Rules Leave Just About Everyone Mad

Read the full post in the National Journal.

After a ban­ner second term that has seen the most ag­gress­ive ac­tion on cli­mate change from any ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion just opened up a new fault line with en­vir­on­ment­al­ists.

The En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency today re­leased its new air-qual­ity stand­ards for ground-level ozone, lower­ing the al­low­able level from 75 parts per bil­lion to 70 ppb. That’s well short of what en­vir­on­ment­al­ists and pub­lic-health groups had been push­ing and a level they say wouldn’t do enough to pro­tect pub­lic health.

In­dustry groups and Re­pub­lic­ans, mean­while, are not likely to be any hap­pi­er—they have been long op­posed to any stand­ard lower than the status quo be­cause of the po­ten­tial cost of com­pli­ance.

EPA Launches New Websites

EPA’s Pollution Prevention and Toxics website has a new name, look, and address. Our old website, previously found at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/, is now the new Chemicals under TSCA website. Many EPA stakeholders have noticed the gradual move to new versions of content as part of the larger EPA effort to build a more user-friendly website.  With the new Chemicals under TSCA website, information should now be easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device you use, including tablets and smartphones.

With the transition to the new site completed, web page addresses will be different. This may cause links and bookmarks to break. EPA is working to fix any broken links on their website. The majority of the old pollution prevention and toxics pages will redirect to the new web areas, but they encourage you to update your bookmarks.  Their new “Page Not Found” notification will help you find what you are looking for by providing suggested search terms, links to EPA’s A-Z index, and other helpful links.

If you have trouble locating information, try using the search feature available on every EPA web page and in the archive (archive.epa.gov).  To help you find some of their most requested information, below are the updated URLs for some of their most popular web areas: