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Senate confirms Steven Cliff to lead highway safety agency

May. 26, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed former California pollution regulator Steven Cliff to run the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. President Joe Biden’s pick to run the agency was confirmed by consent without objections or a formal roll call vote. ...

Lease terms for California offshore wind projects released

May. 26, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Biden administration has released the lease terms for offshore wind projects that would place hundreds of turbines in California's coastal waters — the first such project off the nation's Pacific coast. The two projects along the state's northern and...

Kentucky coal firm held in contempt over WVa mine pollution

May. 26, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kentucky coal company has been found in contempt for failing to submit court-ordered plans to clean up two polluted West Virginia mine sites. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers issued a contempt order against Lexington Coal Company LLC. Chambers wrote...

WA investigating 4 dead wolves found in Stevens County

May. 26, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A poaching investigation has been launched after two Stevens County deputies stumbled upon four dead wolves in northeast Washington while on snowmobile patrol near the Canadian border on Feb. 8, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Some...

Germany: G-7 nations can lead the way on ending coal use

May. 26, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's energy and climate minister said Thursday that the Group of Seven wealthy nations can lead the way on ending the use of coal, a heavily polluting fossil fuel that's responsible for a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans. Senior officials...

3M fine $2.8 million for hazardous waste violations

May. 26, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — 3M Co. will pay a penalty of $2.8 million after Minnesota regulators found a series of hazardous waste violations at its Cottage Grove incinerator which has since been shut down. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Thursday its two-year...

Justices won't block Biden policy on 'social cost of carbon'

May. 26, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Biden administration to use a higher estimate, challenged by Republican-led states, for calculating damages to people and the environment from greenhouse gas emissions. The justices did not comment in refusing to put back...

Kaul to ask Republicans to OK nine environmental settlements

May. 26, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul is preparing to ask Republican lawmakers next week to sign off on nearly $400,000 in settlements to resolve multiple pollution cases. GOP legislators passed a law in 2018 just before Kaul took office that requires the...

At Davos, climate activists say major issues ignored

May. 26, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — At a small plaza in Davos, a picturesque Swiss town in the middle of the Alps, about 50 climate activists gathered on Thursday to bring attention to issues they said were largely ignored during this week's World Economic Forum meeting. They said more...

Davos ends with Germany pushing global work on climate, war

May. 26, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed hopes Thursday for global cooperation on climate change, hunger and war, while dozens of climate activists demonstrated in the Swiss town of Davos as a meeting of global elites ended with many words but little concrete action to...