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Kansas distillery pleads guilty to Clean Air Act violation

Nov. 18, 2019 6:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A distillery could be fined up to $1 million for a chlorine gas cloud that lingered over a city in northeastern Kansas in 2016. Federal prosecutors say MGP Ingredients pleaded guilty Monday to negligently violating the federal Clean Air Act, a misdemeanor. In October 2016, a chlorine...

Climate group plans Vermont’s legislative agenda for 2020

Nov. 15, 2019 9:40 PM EST

EAST ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A nonpartisan caucus focusing on climate solutions has briefed Vermont residents on their legislative priorities for 2020. Members of the state Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus spoke to the public about their plans for next year at the Federated Church of East...

California rules set lower emissions for state vehicle fleet

Nov. 15, 2019 9:14 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California announced new rules Friday for its state vehicle fleet to reduce pollution and reward automakers that are siding with it against the Trump administration. Officials immediately barred state agencies from buying any sedans that only run on internal combustion engines,...

Vermont joins states challenging Trump car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is among 22 states and two cities trying to block the Trump administration from ending California’s authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. Federal law generally regulates vehicle pollution, but California...

23 states widen challenge to Trump administration car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday broadened its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was joined by 22 states, the District of Columbia and two cities in suing the U.S. Environmental...

German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...

Deadline soon for Volkswagen settlement money in Maine

Nov. 15, 2019 12:50 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The deadline is nearing for Maine government agencies and private businesses to apply for money stemming from Volkswagen’s environmental settlement concerning a diesel emissions scandal. The state government of Maine has announced plans to distribute about $3 million from the...

Iowa reports 622 impaired water segments, a 2% increase

Nov. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial summary of water quality, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. That’s a 2% increase over the 608 reported in the 2016...

Northeast senators seek to expand regional climate programs

Nov. 14, 2019 9:32 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. senators across the Northeast are working to create new regional greenhouse gas reduction programs and expand existing efforts. Led by Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire, the group has introduced bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the...

Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US

Nov. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s...