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Environmentalists cheer new Illinois safeguards on coal ash

Apr. 18, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Environmentalists are cheering rules that Illinois regulators have adopted to govern toxic byproducts from burning coal. The Illinois Pollution Control Board last week approved guidelines for detecting and cleaning up harmful coal ash...

Owner, builder of solar array fined for polluting brook

Apr. 17, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A New Jersey solar energy company and utility Eversource have agreed to pay up to $310,000 in state fines to Massachusetts for allegedly violating state environmental laws that led to pollution of a brook and other protected areas. The...

Judge: BP's Indiana refinery violated soot emission limits

Apr. 15, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — A BP refinery in northwest Indiana repeatedly violated air pollution standards for soot emissions between 2015 and 2018, a federal judge ruled in a lawsuit brought by environmental advocates. U.S. District Judge Philip Simon issued his decision...

Controversial Indiana environmental bills inch near passage

Apr. 13, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawmakers approved two environmental bills Tuesday that critics say could damage the state’s ecosystems by scaling back current policy affecting water, energy and other resources. A measure seeking to remove protections from Indiana’s already...

European lawmakers, executives urge US to halve emissions

Apr. 13, 2021 07:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of European lawmakers, business executives and union leaders on Tuesday urged the United States to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in the coming decade compared with 2005 levels. Ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden's climate summit with world...

Maine gets more than $4M from cap and trade auctions

Apr. 12, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials said the state has received more than $4 million from an auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances during the first quarter of the year. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative said the auction was part of its cap-and-trade...

Rhode Island governor signs climate change bill into law

Apr. 10, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A wide-ranging climate bill that requires Rhode Island to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Daniel McKee. “With four hundred miles of coastline, urban and rural coastal communities, fishing and...

Washington state Senate OKs carbon-cap legislation

Apr. 09, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Democratic-led Senate has passed two key pieces of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a plan to put a price on carbon pollution and a measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other...

Rhode Island lawmakers pass sweeping climate change bill

Apr. 07, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have passed a wide-ranging bill to address climate change that would require the state to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and Gov. Daniel McKee has indicated he will sign it. The Act on Climate bill received its...

Collins, King want to grow greenhouse gas reduction program

Apr. 05, 2021 04:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators have joined a push to expand a multistate effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said they are joining other senators on a legislative effort to grow the...