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  • Anger still flares after judge OKs Volkswagen emissions deal

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:00:05 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge approved the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history Tuesday, giving nearly a half-million Volkswagen owners and leaseholders the choice between selling their cars back or having them repaired so they don't cheat on emissions tests and spew excess pollution.

  • Conservationists, regulators dispute size of coal ash spill

    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:11:10 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Conservationists and regulators are at odds over how much coal ash was swept away by flooding during Hurricane Matthew — state inspectors say it would fit in the bed of a pickup truck while a watchdog group argues it's a much larger spill.

  • Judge rules EPA must evaluate its impact on coal industry

    Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:11:40 GMT

    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge in West Virginia has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reverse decades of regulatory practice and begin continually evaluating how many power plants and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations.

  • Gas industry challenges new drilling rules in Pennsylvania

    Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:16:18 GMT

    The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is challenging new state regulations that govern surface development of shale gas wells, saying they threaten jobs and investment by adding up to $2 million to the cost of drilling a well.

  • VW fix for some cheating diesels could be approved soon

    Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:56:56 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Repairs that would fix about 15 percent of Volkswagen's cheating 2-liter diesel engines could be approved by regulators in the next few weeks.

  • Toyota, Suzuki tying up in technology, ecology partnership

    Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:58:01 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, the world's top automaker, and Suzuki, a Japanese rival that specializes in tiny vehicles, are tying up in a partnership.

  • US declines prosecution of government worker in mine spill

    Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:22:43 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine wastewater spill that fouled rivers in three states, a federal watchdog agency said.

  • Barge parking lot? Hudson River plan draws ire of residents

    Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:46:03 GMT

    KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — From her clifftop cottage, Carolyn Marks Blackwood enjoys a sweeping view of the Hudson River and distant Catskill Mountains that once inspired the painter Frederick Church. Now, she says, the riverscape has been turned some days into a noisy parking lot for barges hauling North Dakota crude oil to East Coast refineries and export terminals.

  • Washington voters to decide on nation's first carbon tax

    Sat, 08 Oct 2016 15:51:27 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington lawmakers have tried and failed in recent years to make polluters pay for their carbon emissions to fight climate change. Now, voters will get to decide.

  • California tightens rule on popular pesticide, citing health

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:49:02 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use a common pesticide listed by the nation's most productive agricultural state as a chemical known to cause cancer, regulators said Thursday.

  • New York and 5 other states sue feds over upwind pollution

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:55:24 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York and five other Northeastern states are suing federal regulators to force them to help ensure that upwind states control their pollution.

  • Ohio, federal agency reach deal on dredging Cleveland harbor

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:15:17 GMT

    The federal agency that maintains shipping channels along Lake Erie will keep open Cleveland's harbor this year after reaching an agreement with Ohio's environmental regulators in a long-running dispute over costs.

  • APNewsBreak: California tightening rule on popular pesticide

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:05:45 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use a common pesticide listed by the nation's most productive agricultural state as a chemical known to cause cancer, regulators told The Associated Press on Thursday.

  • California water board fears water-saving has been abandoned

    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 23:36:00 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Californians conserved about a third less water in August than a year earlier, state regulators announced Wednesday, evidence that the decision to ease up on conservation mandates caused some to revert to old habits.

  • Q&A: Polluted water pours into sinkhole at fertilizer plant

    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:59:24 GMT

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Matthew's heavy rains are predicted to soak much of Florida, and that could complicate efforts to manage the pollution flowing into a sinkhole that opened up beneath a fertilizer plant's massive pile of toxic waste.

  • The Latest: Regulator warns state water cutbacks may return

    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:04:22 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on water conservation measures during California's drought (all times local):

  • US Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Ohio shipping channel

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:13:00 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will dredge a Cleveland shipping channel where cargo ships have been forced to lighten loads because of accumulated sediment.

  • Report: Zookeeper didn't have pepper spray when attacked

    Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:53:40 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida zookeeper killed by a tiger violated safety rules by not ensuring the animal was locked up before entering its pen and by not carrying pepper spray, a state investigation concluded.

  • Trudeau says Canada to implement carbon tax

    Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:09:00 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that Canada will impose a tax on carbon emissions starting in 2018 as part of its efforts to meet targets set by the Paris climate change accord.

  • Volkswagen reaches $1.2B settlement with dealers in scandal

    Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:49:34 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay its U.S. dealers up to $1.2 billion to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company's emissions cheating scandal, according to a settlement agreement filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco.

  • Feds list 7 Hawaii bee species as endangered, a first in US

    Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:17:56 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Federal authorities on Friday added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii's only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act, a first for any bees in the United States.