Latest Pollution News

Court lifts US coal sales moratorium in a setback for Dems and environmentalists

Feb. 21, 2024 19:36 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands in a move that could open the door to future coal sales from vast, publicly owned reserves of the fuel that's a major source of climate-changing greenhouse gases. ...

Evers signals he won't sign bill to fight PFAS as legislative session nears end

Feb. 21, 2024 18:32 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signaled Wednesday that he has no intention of signing a Republican bill that would spend tens of millions of dollars to address pollution from the so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS because it dramatically scales back regulators' enforcement...

Supreme Court seems skeptical of EPA's 'good neighbor' rule on power plant pollution

Feb. 21, 2024 17:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed skeptical Wednesday as the Environmental Protection Agency sought to continue enforcing an anti-air-pollution rule in 11 states while separate legal challenges proceed around the country. The EPA's “good...

New Jersey gov's wife, a US Senate candidate, opposes power plant that he could kill

Feb. 20, 2024 17:55 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's First Lady Tammy Murphy, who is running for U.S. Senate, said Tuesday she opposes construction of a gas-fired backup power plant in a minority neighborhood already heavily burdened with pollution. But she did not say whether she has discussed her...

Milan bans heavy vehicles, imposes antismog measures during bout of bad air pollution

Feb. 20, 2024 11:08 AM EST

MILAN, Italy (AP) — Italy’s northern Lombardy region imposed severe antismog measures across Milan and eight surrounding provinces Tuesday to combat a particularly bad period of air pollution. The measures bar heavy motor vehicles from operating during the day and impose limits...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Feb. 19, 2024 15:11 PM EST

Lincoln Journal Star. February 15, 2024. Editorial: Raiding funds a bad way to start tax relief Gov. Jim Pillen wants to cut Nebraska’s property taxes by 40%. But he and his legislative allies can’t find an acceptable way to pay for the $2 billion reduction. ...

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore unveils $90M for environmental initiatives

Feb. 16, 2024 14:48 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Wes Moore highlighted $90 million on Friday as a down payment to help reach the state's ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change. The money is set aside for three distinct initiatives, including $17 million to buy...

High air pollution levels in Thai capital spark order for city employees to work from home

Feb. 15, 2024 08:41 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — City employees in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, were ordered Thursday to work from home for two days, and those in the private sector were encouraged to do so as well, as air pollution soared to unhealthy levels. Air pollution has been a problem for many years in...

Oil and gas producer to pay millions to US and New Mexico to remedy pollution concerns

Feb. 13, 2024 19:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas company has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the federal government and the state of New Mexico to address air pollution concerns in the largest oil and gas producing region in the United States. The agreement announced Tuesday with...

Biden sets tighter standards for deadly soot pollution from tailpipes, smokestacks

Feb. 07, 2024 16:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particle matter from tailpipes, smokestacks and other industrial sources could prevent thousands of premature deaths a year. Environmental and public health...