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US appeals court allows EPA rule on coal-fired power plants to remain in place amid legal challenges

Jul. 19, 2024 13:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Joe Biden's administration, a federal appeals court on Friday ruled that a new federal regulation aimed at limiting planet-warming pollution from coal-fired power plants can remain in force as legal challenges continue. Industry groups...

New Jersey environmental justice law won't block power plant hotly fought by Newark residents

Jul. 18, 2024 14:36 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For nearly four years, residents of Newark's Ironbound section, a gritty, industrial neighborhood near an airport and surrounded by train tracks and many smelly sources of air pollution, had hoped an environmental justice law aimed at protecting communities like theirs would...

World's first hydrogen-powered commercial ferry to run on San Francisco Bay, and it's free to ride

Jul. 12, 2024 23:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial passenger ferry will start operating on San Francisco Bay as part of plans to phase out diesel-powered vessels and reduce planet-warming carbon emissions, California officials said Friday, demonstrating the ship. ...

Marathon Oil reaches $241 million settlement with EPA for environmental violations in North Dakota

Jul. 11, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

The federal government announced a $241.5 million settlement with Marathon Oil on Thursday for alleged air quality violations at the company's oil and gas operations on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice...

Demand for rare elements used in clean energy could help clean up abandoned coal mines in Appalachia

Jul. 11, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

MOUNT STORM, W.Va. (AP) — Down a long gravel road, tucked into the hills in West Virginia, is a low-slung building where researchers are extracting essential elements from an old coal mine that they hope will strengthen the nation's energy future. They aren't mining the coal that...

House backs bills to roll back energy efficiency standards for refrigerators, dishwashers

Jul. 09, 2024 20:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Tuesday approved two bills rolling back Energy Department efficiency standards on refrigerators and dishwashers. Republicans called the Biden administration rules expensive and impractical, while Democrats defended them as a way for consumers...

Overall health of Chesapeake Bay gets best grade in more than 2 decades, annual report shows

Jul. 09, 2024 13:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The overall health of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, received its highest grade since 2002 in an annual report released by scientists Tuesday: a C-plus. Scientists at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science made...

New panel charged with helping Massachusetts meet its renewable energy goals

Jul. 05, 2024 16:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey announced the formation this week of a new panel charged with guiding the state’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The Energy Transformation Advisory Board includes representatives of labor, business, finance and...

GM will pay $146 million in penalties because 5.9 million older vehicles emit excess carbon dioxide

Jul. 03, 2024 18:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors will pay nearly $146 million in penalties to the federal government because 5.9 million of its older vehicles do not comply with emissions and fuel economy standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement Wednesday...

What it means for the Supreme Court to block enforcement of the EPA's 'good neighbor' pollution rule

Jun. 27, 2024 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will not be able to enforce a key rule limiting air pollution in nearly a dozen states while separate legal challenges proceed around the country, under a Supreme Court decision Thursday. The EPA’s “good neighbor” rule is...