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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento where he announced an executive order requiring the sale of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, a move the governor says would achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

Sep. 24, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive. The...

South Carolina wood pellet plant accused of air pollution

Sep. 22, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups threatened to sue a wood pellet factory on Tuesday, accusing it of releasing more than 100 tons of air pollution a year in violation of the Clean Air Act. A legal notice filed against Jasper Pellets says the plant in Ridgeland is operating equipment without a...

Judge mostly OKs regulators' handling of mine water permit

Sep. 5, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge ruled the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not deviate from most of its procedures when it issued a key water quality permit for the proposed PolyMet mine project. The ruling is a victory for supporters of the state's first copper-nickel mine and the agency, which mine...

EPA creates new Colorado office for hardrock mine cleanup

Sep. 3, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is dedicating a new office in Colorado to coordinate all federal hardrock mine cleanup efforts west of the Mississippi River. The Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains will steer and streamline projects to remediate acidic...

Probe into waste spilled into Paris river from cement plant

Sep. 2, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities are investigating the spilling of pollutants into the Seine River from a plant run by one of the world's biggest cement makers, LafargeHolcim, officials said Wednesday. The company blamed a “malicious act” by someone who deliberately damaged a protective panel,...

New Mexico cites natural gas plants for excess air pollution

Sep. 1, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators have issued citations against natural gas processing plants on allegations they vastly exceeded permitted air pollution limits while burning off excess natural gas. The New Mexico Environment Department on Tuesday announced compliance orders against...

In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard, natural gas is release from an oil platform approximately three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Officials responded Tuesday to a release from a well platform off the shore of Texas and the Coast Guard has a pollution response team on the beach to monitor the situation. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Plume spews from natural gas well off Texas coast

Sep. 1, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Efforts to stem a plume spewing Tuesday from an offshore natural gas well platform in Texas have been hampered by rough waters, but officials say the environmental impact has been minimal. The U.S. Coast Guard said that in addition to the plume, a sound like a jet engine came...

FILE - The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., Friday,  July 27, 2018.  The Trump administration has weakened an Obama-era rule aimed at stopping coal plant pollution that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers. The changes finalized Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015. Its the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for the coal power industry under Trump. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback

Aug. 31, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday finalized its weakening of an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing polluted wastewater from coal-burning power plants that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers The change will allow utilities to use cheaper technologies and take...

An old structure and piles of tailings, the waste product left over from mining operations, are seen at the former Yankee Mine in Mary Ellen Gulch, Utah, a basin near the top of American Fork Canyon, on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP)

Abandoned mines' threat to drinking water remains unknown

Aug. 29, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — There are hundreds of thousands of abandoned hard rock mining sites or features scattered throughout the West, and federal and state officials are nowhere close to identifying those that potentially pose a hazard to drinking water. The Gold King Mine spill in Colorado, which released...

Canada to assess risks from mining upstream of Montana lake

Aug. 28, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

Kalispell, Mont. (AP) — The Canadian Federal Government recently announced it will perform a separate environmental review of a proposed coal mine expansion in the Elk Valley that many conservation groups and other entities have said would send polluted water downstream into transboundary waters, including...