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US appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

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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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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Refinery agrees to pay $1.2M in settlement with feds

SALT LAKE CITY — An oil refinery company with operations in Utah has agreed to pay a $1.2 million as part of a settlement with federal regulators over the emission of hazardous air pollutants. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced the agreement Thursday with HollyFrontier Corp., based in Texas. The company also agreed to install new ...

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EPA intends tougher downwind air-pollution rule in 23 states

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can’t control. At the same time, the EPA moved to remove two states — South Carolina and Florida — from the “good neighbor” rules, saying they don’t contribute significant ...

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Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state. A jury reached the verdict in April 2013 after finding the company liable in a long-running lawsuit over contamination by the chemical MTBE. Lasting nearly four months, the trial ...

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