The U.S. EPA issued new rules for mountaintop coal mining intended to protect water quality. Environmentalists are thrilled; mine industry representatives aren’t.
Bird enthusiasts will welcome the news that a pesticide toxic to the animals has been banned. The Environmental Protection Agency used to allow a small residue of the chemical on food. But now—carbofuran will be phased out by the end of this year. A native Kentucky species called the Cerulean Warbler, however, may still be in danger where it winters in Central and South America because farmers continue to use carbofuran on fruit and vegetable crops the birds eat.