Just days after gasoline company BP pleaded guilty to illegal conduct surrounding the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill - and agreed to pay a $4 billion fine - officials at the Environmental Protection Agency have indicated they intend to take a close look at some environmental problems in the Gulf of Mexico.
The agency's Office of Inspector General announced it would start researching the Gulf of Mexico "hypoxic zone," an area that has little oxygen in the water and as a result, little marine life.
Investigators said they are hoping to find a way to stop the oxygen depletion.
Montana lawmakers urged the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to push forward with a proposed asbestos safety standard that will guide the cleanup of a mountain town where hundreds have died from exposure to the dangerous material, The Associated Press reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency is struggling to reform a biodiesel program used to promote cleaner diesel fuel in engines after three companies sold bogus renewable energy credits, The New York Times reports.
Republican Senate candidate John Raese filled in wetlands and damaged more than 2 miles of streams when he rerouted them to create waterfalls on a private, 18-hole West Virginia golf course that federal regulators say he built without the required permits, The Associated Press reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency says the city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage into the Pearl River system over the last four years, The Associated Press reports.