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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento where he announced an executive order requiring the sale of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, a move the governor says would achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

Sep. 24, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive. The...

Judge mostly OKs regulators' handling of mine water permit

Sep. 5, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge ruled the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not deviate from most of its procedures when it issued a key water quality permit for the proposed PolyMet mine project. The ruling is a victory for supporters of the state's first copper-nickel mine and the agency, which mine...

Probe into waste spilled into Paris river from cement plant

Sep. 2, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities are investigating the spilling of pollutants into the Seine River from a plant run by one of the world's biggest cement makers, LafargeHolcim, officials said Wednesday. The company blamed a “malicious act” by someone who deliberately damaged a protective panel,...

In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard, natural gas is release from an oil platform approximately three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Officials responded Tuesday to a release from a well platform off the shore of Texas and the Coast Guard has a pollution response team on the beach to monitor the situation. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Plume spews from natural gas well off Texas coast

Sep. 1, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Efforts to stem a plume spewing Tuesday from an offshore natural gas well platform in Texas have been hampered by rough waters, but officials say the environmental impact has been minimal. The U.S. Coast Guard said that in addition to the plume, a sound like a jet engine came...

FILE - The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., Friday,  July 27, 2018.  The Trump administration has weakened an Obama-era rule aimed at stopping coal plant pollution that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers. The changes finalized Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015. Its the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for the coal power industry under Trump. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback

Aug. 31, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday finalized its weakening of an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing polluted wastewater from coal-burning power plants that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers The change will allow utilities to use cheaper technologies and take...

In this Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, photo New Hampshire Rep. Nancy Murphy, D-Merrimack, poses for a photo outside the Saint-Gobain plastics factory in Merrimack, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic

Aug. 24, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

Thousands of oil and gas operations, government facilities and other sites won permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions or otherwise bypass rules intended to protect health and the environment because of the coronavirus outbreak, The Associated Press has found. The result: approval for less...

Mariner East fined again as another spill fouls state park

Aug. 20, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Texas pipeline company that has been heavily penalized in Pennsylvania has been fined another $355,000 for polluting waterways in eight counties during construction of a pipeline to carry natural gas liquids, state environmental officials announced Thursday. The Department of...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building is shown in Washington. Six former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs are calling for an agency reset after President Donald Trump’s regulation-chopping, industry-minded first term. The group is presenting a detailed action plan drafted by former EPA staffers for whoever wins the Nov. 3 presidential election.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

6 former EPA bosses call for agency reset after election

Aug. 12, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

Six former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs called Wednesday for a “reset” at the agency after President Donald Trump’s regulation-chopping, industry-minded first term, backing a detailed plan by former EPA staffers that ranges from renouncing political influence in regulation to...