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This image made available by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, May 28, 2020 shows a label for the drug metformin. U.S. health regulators are telling five drugmakers to recall versions of the widely used diabetes medication after testing revealed elevated levels of a contaminant linked to cancer in several lots. (FDA via AP)

FDA finds contamination in several brands of diabetes drug

May. 29, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are telling five drugmakers to recall their versions of a widely used diabetes medication after laboratory tests found elevated levels of a contaminant linked to cancer. The Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that several batches of the drug metformin...

Kansas refinery reaches agreement over clean air violations

May. 28, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — The owners of an oil refining plant in El Dorado have agreed to pay a $4 million fine for violating federal clean air regulations, federal and state officials said Thursday. HollyFrontier also will make improvements at its plant to reduce emissions and improve risk management...

2 companies each fined $1 million in Atchison chemical leak

May. 27, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two companies that caused a chlorine gas leak over Atchison in 2106 were each fined $1 million Wednesday for violating federal clean air laws. Harcros Chemicals, Inc., and MGP Ingredients, Inc., had pleaded guilty to negligently violating the Clean Air Act. The fines, which were...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, a worker completes an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, eastern Germany.  Germany's Federal Court has ruled Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners who bought vehicles rigged to cheat in emissions tests but consumers must accept current value taking into account the mileage they drove rather than the full purchase price. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

May. 25, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price....

Tennessee puts $5.7M from VW settlement into bus projects

May. 21, 2020 2:52 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are using $5.7 million from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal settlement for transit bus replacements in three cities. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced Wednesday that the funding will go to the Chattanooga Area Regional...

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Democrats decry 'pandemic of pollution' under Trump's EPA

May. 20, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration's moves to roll back environmental regulations during the coronavirus crisis, with one senator saying a "pandemic of pollution'' has been released. The Environmental Protection Agency has weakened regulations dealing with fuel...

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, water flows through a fish ladder designed to help migrating fish swim through the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. An Environmental Protection Agency report provides details about how federal government dams in the Snake and Columbia river system raise summer water temperatures, hurting endangered salmon runs. The report made public Tuesday, May 19, 2020 said dams on both rivers play a role in raising water temperatures above 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the point at which the water becomes harmful to salmon and steelhead. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

EPA says federal dams raise water temperature in Snake River

May. 20, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency report provides details about how federal government dams in the Snake and Columbia river system raise summer water temperatures, hurting endangered salmon runs. The report made public Tuesday said dams on both rivers play a role in raising water...

FILE - In this Friday, April 13, 2018, file photo, Herbert Diess, right, CEO of the Volkswagen, and Hans Dieter Poetsch, left, chairman of the board of directors of Volkswagen address the media during a press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen said charges of securities-law violations against its CEO and board chairman are to be dropped in return for a 9 million-euro ($10 million) payment, removing a potential distraction for the company's management team as it copes with the virus crisis and oversees the rollout of a new generation of electric cars. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Securities case ended against Volkswagen CEO, board chairman

May. 20, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said charges of securities-law violations against its CEO and board chairman are to be dropped in return for a 9 million-euro ($10 million) payment, removing a potential distraction for the company's management team as it copes with the virus crisis and oversees the...

Experts: Data, flexibility key in crafting methane rules

May. 19, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators said Tuesday they have started crafting rules aimed at cracking down on methane emissions by the oil and gas industry and expect to make public a draft later this summer. The rules will be the culmination of a dozen meetings, hours of discussion and in-depth...

Report: Chemical firm Chemours won't face federal charges

May. 19, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against a chemical company that for years discharged compounds with health risks that aren't fully understood into a North Carolina river, the company disclosed. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Natural...