Latest Air pollution News

US heat wave just warming up for long and scorching weekend

Jul. 17, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on relatives and...

Sterigenics to reopen plant after adding emission equipment

Jul. 17, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a closed suburban Chicago plant where medical instruments were sterilized with a cancer-causing chemical has reached an agreement with the state of Illinois that will allow the plant to reopen, both sides announced Wednesday. Attorney General Kwame Raoul and DuPage County...

Coal-fired plant in southwest Colorado will shut down early

Jul. 17, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

NUCLA, Colo. (AP) — The operators of a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Colorado say it will shut down early next year, nearly three years sooner than planned. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Wednesday that Nucla Station in the town of Nucla was scheduled to close in 2022 under a legal...

California Editorial Rdp

Jul. 17, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

July 15 Mercury News & East Bay Times on legislation creating smog-check program for trucks and buses: The honesty system often doesn't work. That's why California lawmakers should implement a smog-check program for heavy-duty trucks and buses like we already have for cars. Without loopholes. And without...

2 groups appeal Indiana's permit for coal-to-diesel plant

Jul. 17, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

DALE, Ind. (AP) — Two southern Indiana groups are appealing an air permit that state regulators recently approved for a planned $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant. The environmental law firm Earthjustice prepared the appeal on behalf of Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life and Valley Watch. The...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship

Jul. 15, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading falsehoods on issues of race, immigration and American-ness, exhorting four non-white female lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from and crying foul over his failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He suggests that the...

Colorado health officials issue Front Range pollution alert

Jul. 13, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Health officials are warning of potentially unhealthy air pollution along Colorado's Front Range this weekend due to high levels of ozone. The Colorado Department of Health and Human Services issued an ozone alert that was to remain in effect until at least 4 p.m. Sunday. The agency says...

Air quality warning as heat wave hits Southern California

Jul. 13, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California is withering under a weekend heat wave that authorities say will be accompanied by poor air quality. A heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service for a large swath of the region is in place through Sunday night. Temperatures are expected to reach from the...

Carbon tax proposal gaining steam on Beacon Hill

Jul. 13, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill designed to rev up the state's reliance on renewable energy by imposing a charge on carbon emissions is gaining steam at the Massachusetts Statehouse. Under the proposal, the state would set a fee based on each ton of carbon dioxide emissions produced by fossil fuels. The tax would...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and an eco legacy not his own

Jul. 13, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his aides this past week celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. In large measure, the progress they cited pre-dates Trump's presidency. And in some of the particulars, they were wrong. For example, the air is not cleaner under Trump. The...