21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's...
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas county has sued Exxon Mobil one day after an explosion and fire at a company plant near Houston left at least 37 people with minor injuries.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state official says Maine's environmental agency was wrong to resist a federal crackdown on pollution from oil tank emissions.
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle hotel owner is facing a felony perjury charge and state Clean Air Act violations after authorities said he lied about having uncertified workers remove asbestos during a...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Trump administration is following through on a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol, though some say the move is undercut by a policy that gives...
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.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A U.S. District Court judge in Utah judge has ruled in favor of an environmental lawsuit targeting companies operated by a star of the "Diesel Brothers" television...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The manager of an oil processing plant in eastern Montana that exploded and burned in 2012 has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act.
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Federal officials say they've reached a settlement with Exxon Mobil on federal Clean Air Act claims arising from a deadly 2013 fire at its Beaumont, Texas,...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two companies were indicted Wednesday on federal charges after a mistake at a northeast Kansas distilling plant in 2016 released a noxious cloud of fumes that prosecutors...
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...
Grand jury charges 4 Audi managers in emissions case
DETROIT (AP) — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany in a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel were named in a 12-count indictment alleging conspiracy, wire fraud and violations of the Clean Air Act.
Arizona auto parts maker fined $200K over pollution devices
PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say an Arizona auto parts manufacturer will pay a $200,000 fine for selling pollution control bypass equipment.
They say Gilbert-based Vivid Distributing violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing, manufacturing and selling defeat devices, which bypass or render inoperative required emissions control systems.
Groups plan new lawsuit over Fairbanks-area air pollution
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups say they are planning another lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to push action in addressing air pollution in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
EPA settles Clean Air Act violations with Cloverdale Foods
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The federal Environmental Protection Agency says Cloverdale Foods has agreed to pay a $72,530 fine for Clean Air Act violations at its Mandan meat processing plant.
The EPA says violations had to do with deficiencies in chemical risk management. The plant processes large amounts of hazardous anhydrous ammonia.
Company penalized for disabling vehicles’ emissions controls
DETROIT (AP) — The government says a Florida company will spend more than $6 million in penalties and repair costs for selling computer software that disables automotive emissions controls.
The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency say that Derive Systems of Sanford, Florida, sold 363,000 products that violated the Clean Air Act.
NY fuel manufacturer found guilty of violating probation
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A judge says an upstate New York fuel manufacturer is guilty of violating probation by having emissions that could create a threat to public health.
Tonawanda Coke Corporation was found guilty on Monday in federal court of violating probation from a 2013 conviction for violating the Clean Air Act. Federal prosecutors argued Tonawanda Coke continues to release poisonous gas from its coke oven operations.
Coke is a type of coal product commonly used as industrial fuel.
Maryland plans to appeal EPA denial of emissions petition
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland will appeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to deny the state's efforts to reduce emissions from 36 power plants in five upwind states, Maryland's attorney general said Monday.
The EPA signed a final agency decision denying Maryland's petition for relief under the Clean Air Act late Friday.
Illinois oil refinery to upgrade in pollution settlement
ROXANA, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois oil refinery will spend nearly $11 million on pollution controls in settling a federal lawsuit accusing it of excessive dangerous chemical emissions.
Trump Proposes Car Mileage Rollback, States Sue
California Editorial Rdp
The Mercury News on California needing to fight Trump on fuel efficiency standards:
In 1969, the year before the Clean Air Act was enacted, American cars on average got an abysmal 12.0 miles per gallon. They ran on leaded gas and spewed dirty exhaust into the air.
WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — Stars of the Discovery Channel show "Diesel Brothers" have been ordered not to modify vehicles in ways that could lead to greater pollution.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in New York has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has violated the federal Clean Air Act by failing to curb ozone air pollution that blows into Connecticut and New York from the west.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it plans to deny Maryland and Delaware petitions seeking emissions reductions from power plants in five upwind states.
The petitions sought to reduce emissions of ozone-forming nitrogen dioxide from power plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Correction: EPA-Pruitt-Clean Air Act story
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 10 about Environmental Protect Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's proposals for enforcing the Clean Air Act, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Rep. Pete Olson was a Democrat. He is a Republican.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Pruitt to hear economic arguments in enforcing Clean Air Act
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt says he will take advice on economic impacts in future enforcement of the landmark Clean Air Act
DETROIT (AP) — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn on charges stemming from the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal in a plot that prosecutors allege reached the top of the world's largest automaker.
The four-count indictment unsealed Thursday charges Winterkorn, 70, with three counts of wire fraud and one of conspiring with other senior VW executives and employees to violate the Clean Air Act. He was indicted in March.
Trump orders faster issuance of air pollution permits
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump prodded federal regulators Thursday to quicken processing of air quality permits for businesses, saying it would boost economic growth and job creation but drawing criticism from environmentalists who described the move as a green light for polluters.
Pass the chicken, hold the smoke.
That’s the goal for Pollos Asados Los Norteños owner Frank Garcia, who is hoping to reopen his popular restaurant at 4642 Rigsby on the Southeast Side within the next few weeks.
EPA ends clean air policy opposed by fossil fuel interests
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Thursday it is doing away with a decades-old air emissions policy opposed by fossil fuel companies, a move that environmental groups say will result in more pollution.
2 Canadians indicted in 2012 Montana oil plant explosion
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two Canadians and an oil recycling company on criminal charges including conspiracy and endangerment in an explosion that injured three workers at an eastern Montana oil plant.
Custom Carbon Processing Inc., its president Peter Margiotta and project manager Mark Hurst face charges of conspiracy, endangerment and Clean Air Act violations, according to a redacted copy of the indictment that was unsealed last week.
ArcelorMittal agrees to pay $1.5M in coke plant lawsuit
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A subsidiary of European steel giant ArcelorMittal has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit over allegations that its western Pennsylvania coke plant had violated emissions requirements over soot and other pollutants almost daily, according to a proposed agreement filed Wednesday in Pittsburgh's federal court.
Detroit — A former Volkswagen AG executive received the maximum sentence and fine for his role in the automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Oliver Schmidt on Wednesday was sentenced to 7 years in prison and fined $400,000 in U.S. District Court here.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Big Ox Energy will pay nearly $50,000 as part of a settlement agreement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency this week, following an investigation into hazardous gas issues that occurred at the plant late last year.
Exxon settles pollution case with US, will upgrade 8 plants
DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil settled violations of the clean-air law with the Trump administration by agreeing to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty and spend $300 million on pollution-control technology at plants along the Gulf Coast.
Federal officials said Tuesday that the settlement will prevent thousands of tons of future pollution, including cancer-causing benzene, from eight petrochemical plants in Texas and Louisiana.
VW executive pleads guilty in emissions scandal
DETROIT (AP) — A German Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and fraud charges in Detroit in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles.
Shackled at the wrists and ankles and wearing red prison garb, Oliver Schmidt appeared before U.S. District Judge Sean Cox as part of the U.S. government's case involving the automaker, which has admitted to using software to get around U.S. emission standards.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas-based chemical company has agreed to pay a $950,000 penalty to the federal government for allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act.
The settlement announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency also requires Harcros Chemicals of Kansas City, Kansas, to make sure that its accident prevention program complies with federal requirements.
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. regulators have blessed emissions controls on 2017 versions of Fiat Chrysler diesel trucks, allowing them to go on sale and potentially helping to resolve allegations that the company cheated on pollution tests.
It is near the end of July, and we are entering the part of the summer when ozone pollution is highest. Very soon, the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on H.R. 806, which has the misleading title of “The Ozone Standards Implementation Act.” It would be more accurate if it were called the “Smoggy Skies Act,” because that is the effect it will have. It is a harmful bill that will mean years of delay for the life-saving 2015 ozone standard, and it will permanently weaken one of the nation’s strongest public health laws, the Clean Air Act.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration announced plans Thursday to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, if the agency doesn't respond to Maryland's request to make sure power plants in neighboring states use pollution controls.
Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, notified the agency of the state's plans in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who authorities say operated an illegal dump and failed to remove asbestos before demolishing an old factory has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison and ordered to pay almost $8 million in restitution.
A U.S. District Judge in Cleveland on Friday sentenced 53-year-old Christopher Gattarello to 57 months in prison for Clean Air Act violations and an unrelated fraud against a Louisiana company.
Connelly: Stop flouting the Clean Air Act or we’ll sue, AGs tell Trump’s EPA
Fate of thousands of recalled Volkswagens undecided
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — The fate of thousands of recalled Volkswagens that are being stored in central Minnesota is undetermined.
The vehicles are being stored in Brainerd as part of a massive recall launched by Volkswagen to settle allegations that it violated the U.S. Clean Air Act, Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2regEhT ) reported.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A former manager of a western Massachusetts power plant has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to tampering with emissions equipment and submitting bogus reports to regulators in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.
Fred Baker, of Southampton, former operations and maintenance manager at Berkshire Power Plant in Agawam, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A cement company in northern Nevada has agreed to pay a $550,000 civil penalty to settle a federal complaint alleging violations of the Clean Air Act.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Friday with the Nevada Cement Company along Interstate 80 in Fernley about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Reno.
Volkswagen settlement is Maine record for air violations
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says the state's settlement with Volkswagen is the largest settlement for Clean Air Act violations in the history of the state.
Mills says the settlement includes $5.1 million for Maine. She says the money will fund environmentally beneficial programs and projects around the state.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Attorney General T.J. Donovan is joining 15 states, the District of Columbia and six cities that are publicly opposing President Donald Trump's executive orders to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The operators of a western Massachusetts power plant have been sentenced to pay more than $7 million after pleading guilty to tampering with emissions equipment and submitting bogus reports to regulators in violation of the Clean Air Act.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has approved legislation to ban the smoking of medical marijuana in places where tobacco smoking is also prohibited.
Republican Rep. Robin Lundstrum's bill advanced out of the House on an 88-0 vote Friday and now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
Lundstrum says the intent of the measure is to bring the state in line with the federal Clean Air Act. Arkansas voters legalized medical marijuana in November.