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US appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

Clean Power Plan, coal-fired power plant, pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a coalition of states and businesses reliant on fossil fuels made their case Tuesday to a federal appeals court that President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail climate-warming greenhouse gases is an unconstitutional power grab. The Clean Power Plan, which aims to ratchet down carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, has been challenged by more than ...

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Washington limits carbon pollution from largest sources

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state regulators on Wednesday unveiled an updated plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters, the latest attempt by Gov. Jay Inslee to push ahead with a binding cap on carbon emissions after struggling to win approval from legislators. Washington would join nearly a dozen states including California that have capped carbon pollution from industrial ...

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EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped proposed language from new vehicle emissions restrictions following concerns raised by auto racing. The new standards limiting climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty engines had included pollution controls on vehicles modified for racing. Both auto racers and members of Congress objected to the proposed language, saying that complying would ...

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Officials: Plant owners to pay $8.5M for federal pollution violations

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities say the operators of a western Massachusetts power plant will pay $8.5 million after agreeing to plead guilty to tampering with air pollution monitoring equipment and submitting false information to regulators. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced Wednesday that the Berkshire Power Plant’s owner, Berkshire Power Co., and manager, Power Plant Management Services, will pay the ...

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ExxonMobil sued over Baton Rouge chemical plant’s emissions

The ExxonMobil chemical plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Image: Christopher Barnette via Flickr)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An environmental group’s lawsuit claims ExxonMobil Corp. continues to violate Clean Air Act regulations despite a 2014 settlement over emissions from the company’s Baton Rouge chemical plant. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network sued the company in federal court on Thursday. The suit alleges that pollution from the plant jeopardizes the health of nearby residents of ...

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Cramer – Obama’s budget asking for money to wage war on fossil fuels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer criticized President Obama’s request for an additional $12 million for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). Its purpose is to enforce civil and criminal environmental laws and programs. This 11 percent increase is the largest requested out of all the Department of Justice’s divisions. Central among the ENRD responsibilities ...

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Green groups, residents sue crude-by-rail operator

oil train, crude train

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of residents and environmental groups is suing a crude oil transporter, claiming violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The coalition consisting of Albany County, a tenants association and six environmental groups filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global Partners. The lawsuit claims Global failed to obtain a required air pollution permit ...

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Green groups, residents sue crude-by-rail operator

oil train, crude oil

ALBANY, N.Y. — A coalition of residents and environmental groups is suing a crude oil transporter, claiming violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The coalition consisting of Albany County, a tenants association and six environmental groups filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday against Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global Partners. The lawsuit claims Global failed to obtain a required air pollution permit and ...

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New Mexico sues Volkswagen over emissions scandal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The state of New Mexico is suing Volkswagen over an emissions cheating scandal that involves millions of cars worldwide. Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe late Tuesday. He alleges Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and their U.S. subsidiaries violated state air quality regulations and engaged in deceptive trade practices. Earlier this ...

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EPA protecting refuge from air pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a plan Wednesday to address air pollution coming from Texas that is reducing visibility at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, as well as the Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks in Texas. “There’s a tradition of rivalry and competition between Oklahoma and Texas, and Oklahomans would never accept Texas messing ...

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