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Stories with subject: Air quality
  • AP analysis: Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-03-15 12:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

  • Nevada officials react warily to EPA's new ozone rule 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 10:51 am

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada leaders reacted cautiously this week to the Environmental Protection Agency's stricter new limits on smog-causing pollution, with Gov. Brian Sandoval saying the rule could punish the state for circumstances out of its control and environmental and manufacturing groups staking out opposite positions against it.

  • Xcel Energy plans to retire 2 of 3 coal-fired Sherco units 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 7:34 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Xcel Energy announced plans Friday to retire two of the three units at its huge Sherco coal-fired power plant in Becker, the largest power plant in Minnesota, as part of a strategy to cut its carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 1:19 pm

    NEW DELHI - India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday.

  • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 11:59 am

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - 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.

  • US regulator missed its best chance to catch VW cheating story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-02-15 8:19 am

    CHICAGO - More than a decade ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helped develop a technology that ultimately was used by an independent laboratory to catch Volkswagen's elaborate cheating on car emissions tests. But EPA used the technology primarily to test trucks rather than passenger cars because such heavy equipment was a much bigger polluter.

  • EU car tests unlike those in US - but have similar failings story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 8:14 am

    BRUSSELS - Here's the main thing the United States and the European Union's auto emissions tests have in common: holes so big that manufacturers could, so to speak, drive cars through them.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 11:00 pm

    Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college before dying in shootout; at least 9 dead

  • DuPont to pay $724K after explosion that killed worker 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:29 pm

    TONAWANDA, New York - DuPont has agreed to pay $724,000 to settle Clean Air Act violations that contributed to a 2010 explosion that killed a contractor and burned another at its western New York plant.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:18 pm

    STOCKHOLM - As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030.

  • Volkswagen Group of America head to testify before Congress 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - The head of Volkswagen Group of America will testify before a House subcommittee Oct. 8.

  • Colorado faces tougher limit under new smog rules 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 4:46 pm

    DENVER - The Environmental Protection Agency said metro Denver and 10 other cities have failed for seven years to meet federal smog standards, and now the government is setting even higher standards.

  • EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides story has photos
    Updated: Oct-01-15 4:40 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy.

  • August was smokiest month in Spokane history 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 3:50 pm

    SPOKANE, Washington - August was the smokiest month in Spokane since monitoring for smoke particles began in 1999.

  • Kansas panel consider state response to EPA carbon rules 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 2:38 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers are grappling with the state's possible response to new federal rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants.

  • State gets extension on plan to meet new CO2 standards 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 8:14 am

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - The federal agency mandating a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants in North Dakota is giving the state more time to submit an implementation plan.

  • North Carolina lawmakers end protracted session after 4 a.m. 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 7:12 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Fitting to this year's theme of protraction and delays, the North Carolina General Assembly session wrapped up its 8½-month session in the middle of the night Wednesday, only after lawmakers waited nearly four hours for one final bill.

  • EPA sets limit for toxic pollutants released into waterways 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 3:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants.

  • EPA: Tractor Supply Co. ATVs didn't meet clean air rules 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 3:06 pm

    WASHINGTON - Tractor Supply Company Inc. has reached a settlement with federal regulators over the illegal sale of 28,000 off-road vehicles and small engines that failed to meet Clean Air Act requirements.

  • Problems unlikely from breathing oil spill chemicals in 2010 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 1:56 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - State officials say people living near the site of an oil spill that fouled the Kalamazoo River in July 2010 probably won't have long-term health problems from breathing chemicals released into the air.

  • EPA sets stricter emission standards for oil refineries story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 4:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Tuesday to reduce toxic air pollution from oil refineries by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions.

  • NYC offers free air quality sensors to nail salons 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 4:28 pm

    NEW YORK - Air quality sensors will be installed in some New York City nail salons to monitor for hazardous health conditions.

  • Environmental groups unhappy with lead smelter settlement 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 3:53 pm

    MUNCIE, Indiana - A proposed settlement of alleged Clean Air Act violations involving a Muncie company's lead smelter has upset environmental groups because the agreement doesn't require the firm to retrofit its complex with equipment that could dramatically cut lead emissions.

  • Columbia's century-old power plant stops burning coal 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 12:05 pm

    COLUMBIA, Missouri - Columbia's century-old first power plant is out of the coal business.

  • US extradites Briton to Germany in emissions trading case 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 8:53 am

    BERLIN - U.S. authorities have extradited a British man wanted in Germany in connection with a probe into organized tax fraud to the tune of 136 million euros ($152 million).