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Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Aug. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers....

German economy shrinks, casting shadow over European growth

Aug. 14, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry held back the largest member of the 19-country euro currency union. The weak performance darkened prospects for the entire eurozone, where the European Central...

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules

Aug. 13, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Another round of Volkswagen settlement money on tap in Maine

Aug. 13, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's state government says it's going to distribute about $3 million stemming from Volkswagen's environmental settlement over a diesel emissions scandal. The Maine Department of Transportation said Tuesday that government agencies and private businesses still operating a vehicle...

Germany charges ex-Deutsche Bank employee in vast tax scam

Aug. 8, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have indicted a 48-year-old former employee of Deutsche Bank as part of a probe into a massive tax evasion scam that's already seen 13 people sentenced to up to eight years imprisonment. Prosecutors in Frankfurt said Thursday that the suspect, an Austrian citizen, was part...

State to use $7.5M from VW settlement on clean air projects

Aug. 2, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is making $7.5 million available to fund clean air projects. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Friday this money comes from the state's share of a national settlement in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. It's the second round of...

Texas county sues day after Exxon Mobil plant blast and fire

Aug. 1, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas county has sued Exxon Mobil one day after an explosion and fire at a company plant near Houston left at least 37 people with minor injuries. The Harris County Attorney's Office says in its lawsuit filed Thursday that Exxon Mobil violated the Texas Clean Air Act when its Baytown plant...

Prosecutors charge former Audi boss in emissions scandal

Jul. 31, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The former head of Volkswagen's luxury division Audi has been charged with fraud in Germany over the sale of cars with software that enabled cheating on emissions tests, prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutors in Munich said they charged Rupert Stadler and three others with fraud,...

Electric vehicles gain slow momentum in North Dakota

Jul. 27, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Step on the accelerator in Capital Electric Cooperative's new Chevrolet Bolt and it, literally, bolts forward. "They're really snappy, quick and fun to drive," said Energy Services Supervisor Josh Schaffner as he demonstrated on the road next to his office. The car is one of 141...

The Latest: White House to seek 1 national mileage standard

Jul. 25, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on California reaching a deal with four automakers over fuel mileage standards (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A White House spokesman says the Trump administration will move forward with a single national standard for automotive fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. Spokesman...