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Settlement: Old toxic cables to be removed from Lake Tahoe

Nov. 25, 2021 15:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — AT&T’s Pac Bell subsidiary has settled a lawsuit conservationists filed under a U.S. law more typically cited in Superfund cases, agreeing to spend up to $1.5 million to remove 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) of toxic telephone cables that were abandoned on the bottom of...

Poland to cut fuel, energy prices to fight inflation

Nov. 25, 2021 07:47 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday that starting in December the government will cut tax on fuels and on energy and will offer bonuses to hardest hit households next year to counter inflation that has reached its highest level since 2001. ...

Xcel files plan to close coal-fired power plant in Pueblo

Nov. 24, 2021 18:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy has proposed a tentative agreement to close Colorado's largest coal-fired power plant by 2035, well ahead of its original retirement date of 2070, as regulators consider how the largest utility operating in the state can reduce its carbon emissions. ...

Georgia proposes $3 million fine for cargo ship pollution

Nov. 24, 2021 12:19 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — State environmental regulators are proposing a $3 million fine for the Hyundai Glovis Co. logistics and shipping firm after a cargo ship carrying vehicles capsized and polluted ocean waters off the Georgia coast. In an order posted Tuesday, the Georgia...

US climate pledge faces test in Senate with global impact

Nov. 23, 2021 18:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After talking the climate talk at U.N. negotiations in Scotland, the Biden administration now tests whether a divided United States can walk the climate walk: push a massive investment for a new era of clean energy through the narrowest of margins in the Senate. ...

Dems confident on methane fee as budget bill moves to Senate

Nov. 22, 2021 14:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic plan to impose a fee on methane emissions from oil and gas wells has cleared a key hurdle, but it faces strong opposition from the oil and gas industry and criticism by centrist Sen. Joe Manchin. The proposed fee on methane — a powerful...

Coal-fired power plants to close after new wastewater rule

Nov. 22, 2021 10:32 AM EST

Climate change isn’t what’s driving some U.S. coal-fired power plants to shut down. It's the expense of stricter pollution controls on their wastewater. Dozens of plants nationwide plan to stop burning coal this decade to comply with more stringent federal wastewater...

California to expand emissions testing with new $419M center

Nov. 18, 2021 19:05 PM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — California on Thursday dedicated a new $419 million research facility that will allow state air quality regulators to expand emissions testing for heavy duty vehicles like trucks, buses and bulldozers. The center in the city of Riverside will...

Biden administration acts to restore clean-water safeguards

Nov. 18, 2021 17:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration took action Thursday to restore federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways, undoing a Trump-era rule that was considered one of that administration’s hallmark environmental rollbacks. ...

EPA overturns approval of Mississippi Yazoo Pumps Project

Nov. 17, 2021 20:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it has overturned the approval of a massive flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta that officials said was erroneously greenlit in the final days of the Trump administration. In...