Latest Clean Air Act News

Man gets probation after oil processing plant explosion

Oct. 4, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian man has been sentenced to two years of probation for not doing enough to prevent the hazardous conditions that led to an explosion that injured three workers at an oil processing plant in southeastern Montana. U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said 44-year-old Mark Hurst of...

President of oil processing facility violated Clean Air Act

Sep. 28, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The president of a former oil processing company that was destroyed in a December 2012 explosion and fire has been found guilty of violating the federal Clean Air Act. A jury in Billings found 62-year-old Peter Margiotta of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada guilty of conspiracy and two Clean...

EPA targets California over poor air quality

Sep. 24, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday blamed California's worst-in-the nation air quality on shoddy paperwork, calling on the state to overhaul its plans for cleaning up toxic smog or risk losing billions in federal road dollars. The government's warning is the latest battle between...

23 states sue Trump to keep California's auto emission rules

Sep. 20, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation's climate policy....

7 Michigan districts to receive electric school buses

Sep. 10, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven school districts in Michigan are receiving electric buses under a program designed to boost cleaner air and alternative energy. The buses will be on display Thursday at the state Capitol in Lansing. They were bought partly with funds from Volkswagen in a settlement for violating...

Trump challenges California power to control auto pollution

Sep. 6, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday launched an all-out assault on California over automotive mileage rules, telling state officials that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. The assault began with the Justice Department opening an...

The Latest: Gov't says Calif. emissions deal may be illegal

Sep. 6, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the escalating fight between the Trump administration and California over automotive emissions and fuel economy standards (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Two federal agencies have told California officials that a deal with four automakers to abide by tougher emissions standards...

Official: Trump to challenge California authority on mileage

Sep. 5, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California's authority to set its own automobile gas mileage standards, a government official said Thursday, confronting a state that has repeatedly challenged the administration's environmental rollbacks. The...

EPA moves to revoke rules on oil industry methane leaks

Aug. 29, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal environmental advocates said would renounce key federal authority to regulate the climate-damaging gas. The proposed rule follows President Donald Trump's directions to remove...

Feds settle with supermarket group over clean air violations

Aug. 23, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement...