Latest Air pollution News

Commission to ask EPA to help cut smog flowing into Maryland

Jun. 4, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A multi-state commission will ask the federal Environmental Protection Agency to help cut down on pollution that flows from Pennsylvania into Maryland. The Baltimore Sun reports that the Ozone Transport Commission voted Tuesday to send the request to the EPA. The commission is proposing...

Illinois reopens virus testing sites closed due to unrest

Jun. 3, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Ten state-run testing sites for the coronavirus reopened Wednesday after Illinois officials shut them down on Sunday in response to unrest following protests over the death of George Floyd. An 11th testing site at a vehicle emissions facility in Waukegan is relocating and will reopen on...

Barber Trey Maestri, gives a trim to Owen Bouchard, of Southington, at Trey's Barbershop, 101 Center St., Southington, Conn., Monday, Jun. 1, 2020. Despite restrictions on waiting areas, chair spacing and even conversation, customers flooded back to area salons and barbershops Monday. (Dave Zajac, Record-Journal/Record-Journal via AP)

COVID risk now included in unemployment eligibility check

Jun. 2, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When determining eligibility for unemployment benefits, Connecticut's Department of Labor is now allowed to consider whether returning to work during the cononavirus pandemic would pose an “unreasonable risk” to a person's health or the health of their household. When...

Vehicle emissions testing resumes June 1

May. 31, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Vehicle emissions testing, on hold because of stay-at-home orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic, will resume Monday, state officials said. The Environmental Protection Agency said that with a new phase of the state's COVID-19 recovery plan in place, all emissions testing...

Kansas refinery reaches agreement over clean air violations

May. 28, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — The owners of an oil refining plant in El Dorado have agreed to pay a $4 million fine for violating federal clean air regulations, federal and state officials said Thursday. HollyFrontier also will make improvements at its plant to reduce emissions and improve risk management...

UN, host UK set new date for climate talks in November 2021

May. 28, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Host Britain said Thursday that the next global climate talks, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be held in Glasgow from Nov. 1-12, 2021. The U.N. talks originally scheduled for this November are regarded as an important moment to review progress since the Paris climate...

FILE - This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono, Colo. Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump's fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges

May. 28, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled...

2 companies each fined $1 million in Atchison chemical leak

May. 27, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two companies that caused a chlorine gas leak over Atchison in 2106 were each fined $1 million Wednesday for violating federal clean air laws. Harcros Chemicals, Inc., and MGP Ingredients, Inc., had pleaded guilty to negligently violating the Clean Air Act. The fines, which were...

Alliant Energy investing $900 million in solar power plants

May. 27, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Alliant Energy says it's buying about $900 million worth of new solar power plants in Wisconsin, making the utility company the largest solar operator in Wisconsin. The six projects are under development in Grant, Jefferson, Richland, Rock, Sheboygan and Wood counties. Together they...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, a worker completes an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, eastern Germany.  Germany's Federal Court has ruled Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners who bought vehicles rigged to cheat in emissions tests but consumers must accept current value taking into account the mileage they drove rather than the full purchase price. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

May. 25, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price....