Latest Pollution News

Top California environment official leaving state government

Aug. 12, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jared Blumenfeld, California's top environmental regulator and a key climate adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom, will leave the administration at the end of the month, Newsom announced Friday. Newsom, a Democrat, appointed Blumenfeld as secretary of the...

Judge revives Obama-era ban on coal sales from federal lands

Aug. 12, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands that was imposed under former President Barack Obama and then scuttled under former President Donald Trump. Friday's ruling from U.S. District Judge Brian Morris requires...

Pipeline break spills 45,000 gallons of diesel in Wyoming

Aug. 12, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A diesel pipeline in Wyoming owned by a company that's being sued by federal prosecutors over previous spills in two other states cracked open and released more than 45,000 gallons (205,000 liters) of fuel, a state official said Friday. Cleanup work is...

Dems near congressional passage of climate, health package

Aug. 12, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their flagship climate change and health care bill toward House passage Friday, placing President Joe Biden on the brink of a back-from-the-dead triumph on his leading domestic goals that the party hopes will energize voters going into November’s elections. ...

Poland: 'Huge' amounts of chemical waste dumped into river

Aug. 12, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister said Friday that “huge amounts of chemical waste” were probably dumped intentionally into the Oder River, which runs along the border with Germany, causing environmental damage so severe it will take the river years to recover. Tons...

Oil company cleaning up spill in Dunn County

Aug. 12, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil company is cleaning up a spill in Dunn County. Officials with the state Department of Environmental Quality said that Leland Oil and Gas notified state agencies of the spill from a bulk oil tank about 3.5 miles northeast of Killdeer on Monday. The...

In Biden's big bill: Climate, health care, deficit reduction

Aug. 12, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest investment ever in the U.S. to fight climate change. A hard-fought cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients. A new corporate minimum tax to ensure big businesses pay their share. And billions left over to pay down federal...

Sweeping climate bill pushes American energy to go green

Aug. 11, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After decades of inaction in the face of escalating natural disasters and sustained global warming, Congress hopes to make clean energy so cheap in all aspects of life that it’s nearly irresistible. The House is poised to pass a transformative bill Friday that would provide...

US launches process to set Idaho mercury pollution standards

Aug. 11, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is developing proposed aquatic life water quality standards for mercury pollution in Idaho that could have statewide ramifications. The agency on Wednesday made public a proposed remedy resulting from a federal court’s...

Jury can't reach verdict in engineers' Flint water trial

Aug. 11, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering firms should bear some responsibility for Flint's lead-contaminated water. Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews &...