Latest Pollution News

Criminal case as pollution surges in Russian river

Nov. 17, 2018 7:25 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian investigators have opened a criminal case after finding pollution levels in a local river far exceeded norms, with ethyl alcohol levels charted at 5,400 times the acceptable limit. This was just one of several indicators reported Friday by the North-Western Transport...

Trump: EPA's acting chief will be named to post permanently

Nov. 17, 2018 2:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump's nod for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief...

Trump says will name EPA's acting chief to post permanently

Nov. 16, 2018 9:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump's nod Friday for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief...

Lawyer who battled Chevron may get chance to defend himself

Nov. 16, 2018 7:22 PM EST

A New York attorney who won a landmark oil pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador's court system only to have his law license suspended at home for malpractice never got a fair hearing and should be allowed to defend himself against disbarment, a legal referee has ruled. The decision involves Steven...

Colorado adopts California emissions standards

Nov. 16, 2018 5:06 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has adopted vehicle emission rules that incorporate California standards, joining several other states in moving pre-emptively to avoid any weakening of federal standards by the Trump administration. Friday's vote by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission enacts a June executive...

Iowa DNR uses pesticide to remove fish from lake

Nov. 16, 2018 12:13 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is using a pesticide that has been linked to Parkinson's disease to eliminate undesirable fish from a Des Moines lake as part of a decade-long effort to improve the habitat and water quality. Rotenone was applied Tuesday to the south side of...

Smoke spreading from California fires sparks health concerns

Nov. 15, 2018 9:14 PM EST

Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children, the elderly and...

Clarification: Homes-Single Use Plastics story

Nov. 15, 2018 8:05 PM EST

In a story Nov. 14, The Associated Press quoted Kera Abraham Panni of the Monterey Bay Aquarium as saying only 9 percent of plastic has been recycled. The story should have clarified that Panni, who was citing figures from Science magazine, meant 9 percent of plastics ever made, rather than 9 percent of plastics...

EPA official arrested on felony ethics charges in Alabama

Nov. 15, 2018 6:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top environmental official for the Southeast was arrested Thursday on criminal ethics charges in Alabama reported to be related to a scheme to help a coal company avoid paying for a costly toxic waste cleanup. Trey Glenn, 47, was briefly booked into a county...

California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide

Nov. 15, 2018 6:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most...