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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …