Pollution

February 19, 2019 - 3:25 pm
A Minnesota environmental group filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, seeking to force it to make public the concerns its specialists have expressed about a copper-nickel mine in the northeast of the state. Environmentalists worry PolyMet Mining's planned $1...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2016 file photo, truck drivers stand among trucks on the highway from Brussels to Luxembourg, in Spontin, Belgium. The European Union has reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for trucks to get polluting CO2 levels down. A Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, agreement between negotiators from the European Parliament and member states says that such emissions will have to be 30 percent down by 2030 compared to today's levels. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)
February 19, 2019 - 11:23 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for trucks, seeking to get polluting CO2 levels down. The agreement among negotiators from the European Parliament and member nations says such emissions for new trucks will have to be 30...
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In this Oct. 9, 2018 photo, police office guards the main entrance to the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or well to certain bodies of water such as rivers and lakes that are called "navigable waters." The case involves treated wastewater from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Hawaii.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 19, 2019 - 11:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or well to...
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This Feb. 8, 2019 image from video made available by the RemoveDEBRIS Consortium shows a harpoon striking a square target mounted 1.5 meters (5 feet) from the RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft. The same team used a net to capture a piece of space junk, in a test last September. (RemoveDEBRIS Consortium via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 1:47 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A harpoon flung from a satellite has successfully captured a piece of pretend space junk, like a whale. The British-led experiment is part of an effort to clean up debris in orbit. The University of Surrey's Guglielmo Aglietti said Friday that the steel-tipped harpoon...
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FILE - This June 3, 2014, file photo shows a panoramic view of the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro Ky. President Donald Trump's vow to save the coal industry will be tested this week when a utility board he appoints weighs whether to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors. An environmental assessment by the Tennessee Valley Authority recommends shuttering the remaining coal-fired unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The board could vote on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)
February 14, 2019 - 4:22 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard. The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to...
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Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
February 14, 2019 - 3:26 pm
Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-New York) waves to the crowd after speaking at Women's Unity Rally in Lower Manhattan in New York. Democrats including Ocasio-Cortez of New York and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Mass. are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create jobs in renewable energy. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
February 14, 2019 - 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would bring the Green New Deal forward for votes he thought it would put Democrats — especially 2020 presidential contenders — on the spot. But on Thursday, Senate Democrats said they welcome the opportunity for a debate on...
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Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
February 14, 2019 - 10:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local): 10:35 a.m. The chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says a plan outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency is only a...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg answers an question during an interview with The Associated Press in Orlando, Fla. Bloomberg measures his progress on climate change in metric tons. His political party, it seems, prefers big ideas. Many Democratic presidential contenders embraced the “Green New Deal” immediately after it was released last week. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
February 13, 2019 - 8:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential prospect Michael Bloomberg is criticizing President Donald Trump for ignoring his administration's climate scientists and failing to take action to address climate change. The former New York City mayor made the remarks Wednesday at a showing of a movie he...
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February 13, 2019 - 7:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it has not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew...
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