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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a final set of rules meant to reduce pesticide exposure for farm workers. 

Federal officials haven’t updated pesticide requirements for farm workers since 1992. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the previous rules were lacking.

Now, anyone who applies pesticides must be older than 18 and undergo annual training. Before there was no age requirement and training only happened every 5 years.


A new environmentally friendly stormwater demonstration and training project is coming to Kansas State University.

Faculty and students at Kansas State will create “living laboratories” to monitor wet weather runoff at two campus sites… the rain garden at the university's International Student Center and a meadow near the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

The idea is to treat stormwater as a resource rather than a waste.

This “green infrastructure” project will use vegetation, soils, and natural processes to create sustainable stormwater management.

Opponents of an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reduce renewable fuel standards say the agency's indecision has slowed investment in the industry.

The EPA has proposed reducing the required volume of renewable fuels in the U.S. gasoline supply by 4 billion gallons this year and 5 billion gallons next year. The agency says Congress set the standards impossibly high in 2007 and they aren't being met.

A battle over air pollution from power plants is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Bryan Thompson has more...

Kansas and 20 other states contend the EPA should have considered the costs of a 2011 rule. That rule forces coal-fired power plants to install new equipment to remove mercury and other toxins from their exhaust.

An appeals court held that they didn’t have to consider the cost, but the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the states’ challenge. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says it’s a very narrow challenge, and one the agency will win.

The Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency says climate change is already happening in Kansas and the entire region. As Bryan Thompson reports, Administrator Karl Brooks says the best way to minimize climate change is to implement the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Brooks says that’s because power plants are the largest uncontrolled source of carbon emissions in America.

“Our obligation to regulate those pollutants is clear," he says. "The Supreme Court announced that nearly six years ago.”

Newly unsealed search warrants show federal regulators are investigating allegations that a Kansas chemical manufacturer illegally dumped fluids in a well in violation of safe drinking water laws.

The president of Sterling, Kansas-based Jacam Chemical Company says it was treating a customer's well and is cooperating with the investigation.

Search warrants made public yesterday in federal court show the Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting surveillance on JAYCAM and its subsidiary Jacam Manufacturing 2013 in Lyons since December 2012.

The EPA has announced a plan to reduce the amount of carbon emitted by existing power plants. As Bryan Thompson explains, they’re proposing reduction targets, and leaving it up to the states how to meet those goals.

By the year 2030, the EPA wants Kansas to reduce emissions 23 percent below 2012 levels.

Gina Penzig is a spokeswoman for Westar Energy, the largest utility company in Kansas.

The EPA has been taking input from stakeholders for ten years. The changes include additional worker training on the safe use of pesticides, including what to do in case of exposure.

Signs would have to posted warning workers not to re-enter a field where pesticides have recently been applied.

There are also provisions to protect workers from pesticide drift—chemicals blowing from one field to another.

Children younger than 16 would be banned from handling any pesticides. However, there is an exemption for family farms.

The EPA has proposed new carbon emissions standards for coal and gas-fired power plants built in the future. However, it's unclear whether the rule will apply to the expansion of a coal-fired plant in southwest Kansas.

If the new standards are applied to the expansion of the Sunflower electric generating station, near Holcomb, it could get expensive. The plant would likely have to capture some of the carbon it produces, and store it below ground. Sunflower’s Colorado-based partner has told the EPA the new rule should not apply because they’ve already commenced construction.

The Superfund National Priorities List now includes nine new sites, one of them where a smelter used to operate on the east side of Iola, Kan.

The EPA says the soil on hundreds of residential and commercial properties in and around Iola is contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and zinc.