Latest Pollution News

Maine sues biochemical giant over contamination from PCB-tainted products

Apr. 12, 2024 18:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is suing biochemical giant Monsanto for allegedly knowingly selling products containing harmful chemicals that have contributed to contamination in the state. The latest lawsuit targeting the company over the manufacture and sale of products with...

Environmentalists protest as Biden administration approves huge oil export terminal off Texas coast

Apr. 11, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that environmentalists called a betrayal, the Biden administration has approved the construction of a deepwater oil export terminal off the Texas coast that would be the largest of its kind in the United States. The Sea Port Oil Terminal being developed...

Court upholds California's authority to set nation-leading vehicle emission rules

Apr. 09, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California can continue to set its own nation-leading vehicle emissions standards, a federal court ruled Tuesday — two years after the Biden administration restored the state’s authority to do so as part of its efforts to reverse Trump-era environmental rollbacks. ...

Evers vetoes a Republican-backed bill targeting PFAS chemicals

Apr. 09, 2024 16:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a Republican bill Tuesday that would have created grants to fight pollution from “forever chemicals” and took the unusual step of calling the GOP-controlled budget committee into meeting to approve spending $125 million to deal with...

New EPA rule says 218 US chemical plants must reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer

Apr. 09, 2024 15:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 chemical plants nationwide will be required to reduce toxic emissions that are likely to cause cancer under a new rule issued Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule advances President Joe Biden’s commitment to environmental justice by delivering...

A Dubai company’s staggering land deals in Africa raise fears about risks to Indigenous livelihoods

Apr. 07, 2024 03:06 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Matthew Walley's eyes sweep over the large forest that has sustained his Indigenous community in Liberia for generations. Even as the morning sun casts a golden hue over the canopy, a sense of unease lingers. Their use of the land is being threatened, and they have organized...

Amid legal challenges, SEC pauses its climate rule

Apr. 05, 2024 13:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is pausing the implementation of its new climate disclosure rule while it defends the regulation in court. Wall Street's top regulator voted in March on the final rule, which requires some public companies in the U.S....

EPA head Regan defends $20B green bank: 'I feel really good about this program'

Apr. 05, 2024 11:38 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday defended a new $20 billion federal “green bank” program, saying it will finance a variety of projects to create low-carbon solutions to combat climate change, including in disadvantaged communities that are most...

EPA awards $20 billion in green bank grants for clean energy projects nationwide

Apr. 04, 2024 16:29 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday awarded $20 billion in federal green bank grants to eight community development banks and nonprofit organizations to use on projects combating climate change in disadvantaged communities and helping Americans save money and reduce...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Apr. 01, 2024 13:19 PM EDT

Lincoln Journal Star. March 30, 2024. Editorial: At last, state has its own climate action plan In 2021, Nebraska’s estimated greenhouse gas emissions were 80.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, 26th highest among the 50 states. But the sparsely...