School districts receiving funds to replace aging buses
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say five school districts will receive $231,237 to reduce diesel emissions from their school bus fleets.
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a school bus caught fire at a New Jersey high school just moments after several students had exited the vehicle.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Plans are under way to monitor outdoor air quality outside two Lake County plants that use the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is set to become the first American metropolis that seeks to ease traffic congestion, cut pollution and boost mass transit by charging motorists a hefty toll for the...
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...
New Mexico launches interactive map of methane emissions
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have launched an online interactive map based on methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An environmental group is taking its battle against an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the North Dakota Supreme Court.
HOUSTON (AP) — Crews on Wednesday extinguished a fire that had burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility and led to concerns about air quality among some residents and...
No timetable for end to fire at Texas chemical facility
HOUSTON (AP) — Officials said Tuesday that they're not sure when a fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility will burn itself out, but they are confident that the air quality is safe,...
Crews work to control fire at Texas petrochemicals plant
HOUSTON (AP) — A large fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal will likely burn for another two days, authorities said Monday, noting that air quality around the facility was testing within...
Air quality near Texas fire within normal levels
DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a fire at a Texas petrochemicals plant (all times local):
Authorities and the company whose Houston-area petrochemicals terminal...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump plays down white nationalist threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to be oblivious to the threat of white nationalism.
Following a deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand, he said white supremacy isn't a rising...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are going after a Texas-based oil and gas company over alleged air quality violations.
The state environment department issued a notice to...
LONDON (AP) — A challenge against British government plans to expand Heathrow Airport through the construction of a third runway has begun in one of the country's highest courts.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a refinery has sent black smoke billowing over Great Falls.
Police officials blocked roads and told people living near the Calumet Montana...
Opponents of landfill expansion ask for air quality study
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Opponents of expanding a Vermont landfill are asking the state to begin air quality monitoring at the site.
Newport residents are asking the state Agency of Natural...
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- Houston ChronicleLawmakers target lapses in Deer Park fire response, lax regulationsApril 6, 2019
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- Columbus TelegramIt's that time of year when smoke from prairie fires in Kansas could reach NebraskaMarch 28, 2019
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...
Lawmakers schedule public meeting about airport air quality
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Two state lawmakers have scheduled a public informational meeting about a recent air quality report for Rhode Island's main airport.
Fire engulfs 150-year-old New Orleans mansion; 3 escape
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fire engulfed a three-story, 150-year-old mansion in New Orleans, though a 92-year-old woman, two other residents and a dog escaped unharmed.
Mayor: Nearby landfill keeping new air quality meter busy
KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of Kearny, New Jersey says a newly installed air quality meter is being kept busy by a nearby landfill.
Mayor Al Santos contends the 100-acre Keegan Landfill...
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.
Washington state to end emissions testing
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is ending its state emissions test program in 2020, claiming that it's no longer needed following a 15-year phase-out process.
KIRO-TV reports the state first began to phase out emissions testing after the Legislature passed a plan in 2005 to phase it out completely by 2020
New Mexico governor joins alliance against climate change
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday committed her fledgling Democratic administration to aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions amid a boom in oil and natural gas production in the state, while endorsing goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming.
Oregon OKs new smoke rules to allow more prescribed burns
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission has approved new smoke rules for the state that will allow more planned burns that reduce wildfire risk by getting rid of underbrush and dead trees.
Judge upholds permit for oil refinery near national park
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge has upheld a state permit allowing construction to begin on an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, upsetting environmental groups hoping to stop the project.
Judge Dann Greenwood ruled that the state Health Department has effectively supported its position that the $800 million Davis Refinery will not be a major source of pollution that will negatively impact the park just 3 miles (5 kilometers) away.
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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.
Newsom announces nominee for California utility regulator
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday nominated a new commissioner to California's utility regulator and three nominees for a panel tasked with studying how the state can fairly distribute costs related to destructive wildfires.
Washington governor highlights climate in State of the State
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told a joint session of the Legislature Tuesday that more action needs to be taken by the state to address "the imminent threat of climate change."
Inslee, who is mulling a possible 2020 presidential bid, highlighted climate as his top issue in his annual State of the State address to lawmakers who this week started their 105-day legislative session.
Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia
BANGKOK (AP) — Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia, with authorities in Thailand's hazy capital Bangkok handing out face masks and preparing to seed clouds for rain to clear the air.
A combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants, lingering over Bangkok due to prevailing weather patterns, has taken air quality to unhealthy levels in recent days.
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.
Clark County issues smoke advisory for New Year’s holiday
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County officials have issued a warning to residents about the potential for smoke in the air from fireworks over the New Year's holiday.
The county's air quality department issued the advisory Friday. It covers Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
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.
Less benzene in air after shutdown of Tonawanda Coke
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental officials say air sampling shows there's been a drop in the chemical benzene since the closure of the Tonawanda Coke plant in western New York.
A Department of Environmental Conservation analysis of the air quality around the site shows an immediate drop in cancer-causing benzene following the shutdown of the 100-year-old plant in October. The DEC said earlier this week while releasing the results that it found no concerning chemical concentrations.
Cache County to ditch tailpipe testing for emissions
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A far northern Utah county says it's ditching a system that determines whether vehicles are working properly based on tailpipe testing.
The Cache County Council voted last week to rely on vehicles' own diagnostic testing. A scanner can reveal whether vehicles are in good working order.
Sacramento State rolls past Westcliff 89-40
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Graves scored all 18 of his points in the first half to help Sacramento State roll to an 89-40 victory over NAIA-member Westcliff on Thursday night.
The matchup replaced the Hornets-Cal Poly game that was canceled on Nov. 16 due to poor air quality from the Camp Fire.
Sacramento State improved to 4-0 at home and 6-2 overall, its best start since the 1985-86 squad started 6-1. The Hornets face Washington on Dec. 21.
Air quality ‘unhealthy’ near Bella Vista fire, state says
BELLA VISTA, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says testing shows that air quality is "unhealthy" near an underground fire in Bella Vista.
Firefighters responded in July to the fire at the Trafalgar Road site, known as a "stump dump" because it involves burning wood waste and yard debris. Officials have said that the fire may be burning more than 50 to 60 feet underground.
Officials have said a property owner's association operated the stump dump for about 13 years.
Romanians protest poor air quality in congested Bucharest
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Dozens of Romanians have protested against poor air quality in the capital, which recently was ranked one of Europe's most traffic-congested cities.
Demonstrators wore medical face masks as they protested outside City Hall in Bucharest on Wednesday. The city of 2.1 million residents has poor roads, limited parking and some 1.25 million registered vehicles.
Plant a tree: Milan’s ambitious plans to be cleaner, greener
MILAN (AP) — If Italy's fashion capital has a predominant color, it is gray — not only because of the blocks of neoclassical stone buildings for which the city is celebrated, but also due to its often-gray sky, which traps pollution.
But Milan now wants to shift its color palette toward green.
The city has ambitious plans to plant 3 million new trees by 2030 — a move that experts say could offer relief from the city's muggy, sometimes tropical weather.
Coal-to-diesel plant hearing draws hundreds in S. Indiana
LINCOLN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Hundreds of people filled a southern Indiana high school auditorium for a state agency's hearing on a proposed $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant.
Some of the more than 400 people who attended Wednesday's hearing in Lincoln City voiced concerns about the project, while others supported it.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says the plant's emissions wouldn't have a significant effect on regional air quality.
Derby joins opposition against expanding landfill
DERBY, Vt. (AP) — The town of Derby says it has joined Newport in opposing the expansion of Vermont's only landfill.
Experts to study respiratory health of Harvey residents
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Medical experts are seeking people in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey for a study on possible respiratory problems since the 2017 storm.
The Galveston County Daily News reports the study by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston involves indoor air quality of hurricane victims' homes.
Virginia says air quality is improving
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new report shows that Virginia's air quality is improving.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said Wednesday that ground-level ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide levels have dropped significantly compared to past years.
The state had only six "Code Orange" days of excessive ozone in 2018 and four in 2017. In 1998, the state reported more than 100 such days.
State regulators approve expansion of Roosevelt Gas Plant
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved the $150 million expansion of the Roosevelt Gas Plant in McKenzie County, though they ordered Houston-based Kinder Morgan to minimize noise and light pollution for neighboring landowners.
County: Mining company broke law with blowing dust
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County has issued a notice of violation against mining company Freeport McMoRan for what environmental regulators say were blowing tailings from the company's Sierrita Mine in Green Valley that violated county law and the company's air quality permit.
This is the most serious case of blowing dust from mine tailings in that Green Valley-Sahuarita area, south of Tucson, of any of five such Freeport violations since 2013, county officials said.
Fairbanks borough to consider removing air quality rules
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Fairbanks North Star Borough is considering removing air quality ordinances after voters took away the borough's authority to regulate solid fuel heating appliances.
EPA says it may have overstated carcinogenic gas levels
WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it may have overstated the emissions of a cancer-causing gas from a suburban Chicago plant that sterilizes medical instruments.
North Dakota gives oil industry more flexibility on flaring
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have decided not to change targets for capturing the natural gas produced from oil drilling.
The goal is set to increase in November from 85 percent to 88 percent. The Industrial Commission was to consider postponing that by two years but instead voted Tuesday to give the oil industry more flexibility to meet gas flaring regulations.