Virginia to lower carbon emissions from power plants
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have passed a rule requiring a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants in the next decade.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Kentucky's plan to meet federal air pollutant and visibility requirements around Mammoth Cave National Park.
LONDON (AP) — In a bid to fight air pollution, London has introduced one of the world's toughest vehicle emissions standards, placing a tax on older, more polluting cars that drive into the center...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado public health officials routinely allow oil and gas companies to begin drilling and fracking without obtaining federally required permits that limit the amount of pollution...
NEW YORK (AP) — Cathy Zoi has been promoting clean energy in the power sector for decades, holding leadership posts in both business and government.
Worsening air pollution reducing lifespans in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's air quality has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to one of the most polluted over the past two decades, shaving five years from life...
ATLANTA (AP) — Approval of a contract with Atlanta's public transportation provider that could bring a significant expansion of transit options is on the ballot in one north-metro...
Blacks, Hispanics breathe more pollution than they make
WASHINGTON (AP) — African-Americans and Hispanics breathe in far more deadly air pollution than they are responsible for making, a new study said.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A medical-device manufacturer said it will stop sterilizing equipment at a Michigan facility as state regulators investigate the company for air pollution, including for...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has proposed a joint project with China to use artificial rain to clean the air in his country, where an acute increase in pollution...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group of Democratic California lawmakers called Monday for the state to invest $100 billion to drastically reduce its carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels by...
US keeps air pollution standard established under Obama
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday announced they are leaving intact an air quality standard for power plant pollution that can worsen asthma in children, despite...
Seafood giant to spend up to $23 million to fix pollution
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says one of the nation's biggest seafood companies has agreed to spend up to $23 million to fix serious air pollution issues with its...
Alabama coal firm to pay $775K in air pollution penalties
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — One of Alabama's largest coal companies has agreed to pay $775,000 in penalties related to air pollution violations near Birmingham.
Al.com reported Tuesday that the proposed Drummond Company settlement comes nearly eight years after violations were discovered during a facility inspection.
Department requires wood pellet plant to reduce pollution
BASTROP, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is requiring a wood pellet manufacturing plant to install pollution control equipment.
Hundreds protest in Germany against ban on older diesel cars
BERLIN (AP) — German police say around 800 people have demonstrated in the southwestern city of Stuttgart against a new ban on driving older diesel cars.
Stuttgart, a German auto industry center, on Jan. 1 became the first major German city to introduce a large-scale ban on driving older diesel cars with looser emissions standards. The move aims to fight air pollution but critics say they don't have money to buy new cars.
Bangkok flies drones as PM warns of costs in pollution fight
BANGKOK (AP) — A fleet of drones, trucks and small planes sprayed water to try to reduce air pollution around Bangkok on Thursday while the city's governor invited critics to brainstorm better ideas to improve the air quality in the Thai capital.
Unhealthy pollution levels forced city schools to close Wednesday for the rest of week, and many residents are wearing air-filtering masks while they're outdoors.
Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns
BANGKOK (AP) — More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, were shut for the rest of the week Wednesday due to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution.
German official rebuffs call for halt to emissions checks
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environment minister rejected Monday calls for a halt to roadside emissions tests that found excessive air pollution and fueled fears of a widespread ban on diesel cars in cities.
An open letter published last week and signed by some 100 doctors questioned whether existing limits on pollutants from cars were justified.
Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels.
Portland glass maker settles class action lawsuit for $6.5M
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland glass manufacturer has settled a class action lawsuit brought by neighbors over concerns about toxic air pollution.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday that the $6.5 million settlement with Bullseye Glass Co. will allow for cash payments for over 2,000 households in southeast Portland neighborhoods surrounding the glass maker.
Regulators put high cost on Northam’s cap and trade plan
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators estimate that consumers may have to pay significantly more for electricity under Gov. Ralph Northam's plan to reduce air pollution by joining a carbon cap-and-trade program with other states.
State Corporation Commission staffers told a legislative hearing Thursday that the average residential customer would have to pay $7 to $12 more each month.
Northam's office disputes these numbers, saying the cost would likely be less than $1 a month.
Editorials from around Pennsylvania
Editorials from around Pennsylvania:
ACHILLES' HEEL: BAD AIR QUALITY REQUIRES MORE ATTENTION, Jan. 22
There's nothing like the sulfur dioxide emissions affecting 22 Mon Valley communities to show how poor air quality continues to undermine the region's reputation, quality of life and prospects for advancement — and how zealous regulators must be about changing that.
Michigan cancer study considers toxic air pollution
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators are expanding an investigation into air pollution produced by a medical-device manufacturer, and the results could be factored into a cancer study.
The Department of Environmental Quality this month announced plans to widen air-quality testing around the Viant Medical facility in Grand Rapids, The Grand Rapids Press reported.
Macedonia extends school break because of air pollution
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has ordered the winter break for students to be extended to Jan. 23 because of extremely high levels of toxic particles in the air in many cities throughout the country.
The government said in a statement Sunday that the measure is to "shorten the time of exposure of students to air pollution and to protect their health."
EPA asked to investigate improper inspection allegations
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate allegations it isn't properly inspecting facilities that emit the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide.
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Banksy mural on garage in Wales sold but will stay in place
LONDON (AP) — A British art dealer says he has bought a mural stenciled by street artist Banksy on a garage wall in Wales for more than 100,000 pounds ($129,000).
The artwork in Port Talbot shows a child playing in falling ash from a dumpster fire, an apparent reference to the steel town's air pollution.
Security guards were hired to protect the work after it appeared in December on a steelworker's garage.
India’s mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air
PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve sanitation across the country.
Hissing, shouts of ‘shame’ as pipeline station gets permit
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state board in Virginia approved a contentious plan Tuesday to build a natural gas pipeline station in a historic African-American community, prompting angry shouts of "shame" from more than 200 opponents.
The State Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-0 in favor of a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would run 600 miles (965 kilometers) and carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.
Bill proposes federal aid to replace wood-burning stoves
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Two U.S. senators have proposed legislation that would give federal aid to help Alaska residents and others across the country to replace inefficient wood stoves.
Environmental groups threaten lawsuit over air quality
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue on Thursday, warning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it must hold Utah and Arizona accountable for missing deadlines to submit plans to clean up air pollution.
The announcement came just as a new layer of dirty air settled in over Salt Lake City in the latest winter inversion, a phenomenon in Utah's urban corridor caused by weather and geography.
Indian firefighters battle air pollution in New Delhi
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have ordered firefighters in the capital to sprinkle water from high-rise buildings to settle dust and stop garbage fires and have banned construction activity as hazardous air quality affects millions of people.
New Delhi recorded one of the highest pollution levels of the year on Sunday with the air quality index, measuring sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, touching 450.
Regulators prohibit wood burning on Tuesday in metro Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — People in metro Phoenix are prohibited from using wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits on Christmas Day.
Environmental regulators barred wood burning on Tuesday because air pollution levels are expected to exceed federal health standards.
Residents of Russian city protest ‘black sky’ air pollution
CHELYABINSK, Russia (AP) — Residents of Chelyabinsk are expressing worry over industrial pollution after heavy smog enveloped the Ural Mountains city this month and remained for two weeks.
On Sunday, about 700 protesters braved temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) to demand cleaner air. They held banners reading "We want clean skies!" and "Stop poisoning our children!"
High pollution advisory issued for Maricopa County for soot
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials have issued another air pollution advisory for Maricopa County.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says pollutants in the air are expected to top limits set by federal health standards Monday.
Wood burning banned in metro Phoenix through Tuesday
PHOENIX (AP) — The pollution that obscures portions of metro Phoenix's skyline during the holiday season has prompted environmental regulators to bar people from using wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits through Christmas day.
No-burn days have been called on Saturday through Tuesday because air pollution levels are expected to either approach or exceed federal health standards. Violators run the risk of being ticketed. Gas and electric heaters are allowed.
Banksy’s new artwork in Wales: A comment on air pollution?
LONDON (AP) — Street artist and social commentator Banksy has apparently popped up in Wales, leaving a new artwork on a garage in Port Talbot that references the town's air pollution.
A video posted to his official Instagram account on Wednesday afternoon had close-ups of the piece.
Panel delays vote on pipeline compressor station
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia air pollution panel delayed a closely watched vote Wednesday on whether to approve a key permit for a planned multistate natural gas pipeline.
The State Air Pollution Control Board decided instead to open up another public comment period on a proposed permit to build a natural gas compressor station in a historic African-American community about an hour west of Richmond. The vote was 3-1.
The Latest: Panel delays permit for pipeline compressor
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a proposed permit to build a natural gas pipeline compressor station (all times local):
A Virginia air pollution panel is delaying a vote on a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Georgia-Pacific to pay fine, spend on upgrades in settlement
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas paper mill would pay a $600,000 fine and spend about $4.7 million on environmental projects and plant upgrades to reduce air pollution under terms of a proposed settlement.
No. 2 gas-producing state moves to curb air pollution
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is aiming to curb air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from its vast natural gas exploration fields, with the governor's administration proposing new regulations Thursday even as the Trump administration moves to relax federal requirements.
New air monitors set up as inversion plagues parts of Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two new air monitors have been installed to track air pollution in Utah.
KSL-TV in Salt Lake City reported Sunday that the new monitors were put in place earlier this month in Murray and Magna.
Utah Department of Environmental Quality officials say the devices will enable scientists to get the best data to better understand the full effects of air pollution.
Panel to take closely watched vote on pipeline station
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A massive winter storm delayed a closely watched vote in Virginia on a natural gas pipeline compressor station that's been the frequent target of protests.
The Latest: Weather delays key vote on pipeline station
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board vote on a natural gas compressor station (all times local):
A winter storm is delaying a key vote on a permit for a major natural gas pipeline.
The State Air Pollution Control Board was set to vote Monday on whether to approve a compressor station in a historical African-American community west of Richmond that's needed to pump gas through the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Brazil warns against sidelining poorer countries on climate
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Brazil warned Wednesday against freezing developing nations out of negotiations at the U.N. climate summit, suggesting this could lead to an acrimonious collapse in talks seen in Copenhagen nine years ago.
New regulators won’t be seated until after key pipeline vote
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's office says two new appointees to the State Air Pollution Control Board won't be seated until after the board takes a key vote on whether to allow a natural gas compressor station in a historically black community.
Northam replaces regulators ahead of pipeline vote
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has removed two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board after the citizen review board delayed a key vote on whether to allow a natural gas compressor station in a historic African-American community.
News outlets report that Northam's move has angered minority groups and environmentalists, who say the governor is trying to improperly influence the board in order to help Dominion Energy build a new natural gas pipeline.
Man fined $12,000 for burning demolition waste
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has ordered a man to pay $12,000 for burning demolition waste.
The department says Michael Riendeau Sr. violated air pollution control and solid waste regulations when he burned and buried the waste on his Brownington property in 2016.
According to the department, Riendeau received about six dump truck loads of waste and household items from a nearby fire-damaged home.