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NC agency taking comments about regulation of pesticide

Aug. 18, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's top environmental agency is accepting public comments about the regulation of a chemical pesticide used in log fumigation through the end of August. The StarNews of Wilmington reports the use of methyl bromide came to the attention of the Department of Environmental...

Sununu signs law aimed at reducing water contamination

Aug. 17, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire environmental officials have less than three months to propose a plan to substantially reduce contamination from the Coakley Landfill superfund site in North Hampton. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Friday that gives the Department of Environmental...

Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Aug. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers....

Iowa governor stops state from challenging Trump coal rule

Aug. 14, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a supporter of clean energy policies reducing greenhouse gases as a way to battle global climate change, said Wednesday he was blocked by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds from joining 21 other states in suing the Trump administration over a policy that...

German economy shrinks, casting shadow over European growth

Aug. 14, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry held back the largest member of the 19-country euro currency union. The weak performance darkened prospects for the entire eurozone, where the European Central...

21 states sue Trump administration over new coal rules

Aug. 13, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection...

State official urges US government to regulate chemicals

Aug. 13, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

LITCHFIELD, N.H. (AP) — A top New Hampshire environmental official says the federal government should be leading the way in setting standards for a class of toxic chemicals that has caused widespread contamination in the state. The state's Department of Environmental Services Assistant Commissioner Clark...

Another round of Volkswagen settlement money on tap in Maine

Aug. 13, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's state government says it's going to distribute about $3 million stemming from Volkswagen's environmental settlement over a diesel emissions scandal. The Maine Department of Transportation said Tuesday that government agencies and private businesses still operating a vehicle...

Groups ask NC regulators to revoke 2018 pipeline permit

Aug. 13, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Environmental groups that promote renewable energy want North Carolina regulators to cancel a key state water quality permit issued to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Leaders of the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition and Friends of the Earth announced a petition Tuesday to...

Ozone pollution advisory issued Tuesday for metro Phoenix

Aug. 13, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — For the second consecutive day, environmental regulators have issued an 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 Tuesday. Arizona Department of Environmental...