Latest Air quality News

Feds settle with supermarket group over clean air violations

Aug. 23, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement...

School district closed while air quality is tested

Aug. 23, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are advising people to stay away from a school in southwestern Indiana while air quality is tested. Classes are canceled Friday in Eastern Greene district in Bloomfield in Greene County. Authorities are focusing on Eastern Greene Middle School. The county's Emergency...

Sanders touts $16 trillion climate plan in fire-ravaged town

Aug. 22, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan on Thursday before touring a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire, declaring the setting a "wake-up call for our entire nation" to the dangers of a warming planet. "Climate change is a...

The Latest: US fossil fuel official tours Wyoming coal sites

Aug. 22, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg's visit to Wyoming (all times local): 3:45 p.m.: The U.S. government official who oversees research involving fossil fuels says it's not too late for new technology to help the coal industry. Assistant Secretary for...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces run for 3rd term

Aug. 22, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has ended his climate change-focused 2020 presidential bid, announced Thursday that he'll seek a third term as governor. Inslee sent the email detailing his plans hours before he was to appear at a news conference at Planned Parenthood in Seattle...

Angela Merkel calls for EU-wide climate neutrality by 2050

Aug. 22, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday for the European Union to support ambitious targets for the entire 28-nation bloc to become climate neutral. Merkel made her appeal after she and members of her "climate Cabinet" met their Dutch counterparts at the official...

Ozone pollution advisory issued Thursday for metro Phoenix

Aug. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental regulators have issued another ozone pollution advisory for metro Phoenix. The latest advisory was issued because the Phoenix area is expected to exceed the federal health standard for air quality on Thursday. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials recommend...

Vistra closing 4 downstate power plants over emissions

Aug. 21, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Vistra Energy says it plans to close four downstate power plants to comply with tighter air-emissions requirements. Irving, Texas-based Vistra announced Wednesday it would close plants in the towns of Coffeen, Canton, Havana and Hennepin that employ a total of nearly 300 workers. The...

Indiana steel dust recycling project dropped amid opposition

Aug. 21, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The developers of a proposed steel dust recycling plant have dropped plans for the central Indiana project following a wave of local opposition the company blamed on a "campaign of misinformation." Muncie officials announced Tuesday that the city and Waelz Sustainable Products had...

Air testing, not flooding, delays Granite City school again

Aug. 21, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — The new school year has been delayed again in Granite City. District 9 Superintendent James Greenwald postponed classes until Monday after he determined repairs to a high school classroom would require additional air-quality tests. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the...