Latest Air quality News

LG&E agrees to $750K civil penalty in air pollution case

Dec. 02, 2021 04:05 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $750,000 civil penalty and permanently limit emissions from its Mill Creek Station coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, the U.S. Justice Department said. A proposed agreement was filed Wednesday...

Exxon Mobil ups spending on emission reduction plan to $15B

Dec. 01, 2021 08:49 AM EST

Exxon Mobil says it is boosting its spending on greenhouse gas emission-reduction projects to $15 billion over the next six years and anticipates meeting its 2025 greenhouse gas emission-reduction plans by the end of this year. The energy giant said the $15 billion will...

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Nov. 30, 2021 22:48 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care center, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. A boy cries as a teacher helps him negotiate over a toy. Uphill from the playground, peeking between...

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Nov. 30, 2021 00:49 AM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care center, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. A boy cries as a teacher helps him negotiate over a toy. Uphill from the playground, peeking between...

NC General Assembly wraps up most of its 2021 work

Nov. 29, 2021 22:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up late Monday nearly all of its work for the calendar year, although vetoes, redistricting rulings or other items could bring lawmakers back to Raleigh for more activity within weeks. The...

Nissan investing in electric vehicles, battery development

Nov. 29, 2021 03:34 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan said Monday it is investing 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) over the next five years and developing a cheaper, more powerful battery to boost its electric vehicle lineup. The Japanese automaker's chief executive, Makoto Uchida, said 15 new electric...

Researchers try producing potato resistant to climate change

Nov. 28, 2021 21:40 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine researchers are trying to produce potatoes that can better withstand warming temperatures as the climate changes. Warming temperatures and an extended growing season can lead to quality problems and disease, Gregory Porter, a...

Rally in Belgrade demands end to alarming air pollution

Nov. 28, 2021 11:01 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people rallied in Belgrade on Sunday to demand an end to Serbia's alarming levels of air pollution. The rally came a day after another environmental protest in which demonstrators blocked bridges and roads in different parts of the country and scuffled...

Hawaii city worker stuck in sewage treatment plant tank dies

Nov. 26, 2021 22:55 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu city worker died Friday after being trapped in a tank at a sewage treatment plant, officials said. Firefighters received a 911 call at 10 a.m. requesting “a confined space” rescue at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Honolulu...

Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of ban

Nov. 26, 2021 16:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program to limit areas available for energy development and raise costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public land and water. The long-awaited report...