Pollution laws and regulations

FILE - In this June 12, 2017 file photo, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh speaks during a news conference in Washington. A spokeswoman for Frosh says the state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 27, 2017 - 5:05 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state's attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan's administration said Wednesday. The Hogan...
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September 27, 2017 - 2:15 pm
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at a facility in suburban Maryland following a worker's potential exposure to radioactive contamination. A five-member NRC team began the inspection Tuesday after an incident last month when a glass ampule...
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California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, speaks at new conference after signing an agreement on climate change in Quebec City, Canada, on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, center look on. Brown noted that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump may not have an agenda of fighting climate change, but that is why it is important for subnational governments to move forward. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 22, 2017 - 3:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday expanded its market for buying and trading permits to emit greenhouse gases to include the Canadian province of Ontario. The market is the centerpiece of California's cap-and-trade program, which aims to reduce carbon pollution over time by capping...
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September 21, 2017 - 5:28 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday vetoed legislation providing $435,000 to help treat a chemical pollutant in a North Carolina river because the bill omitted a much larger amount that his agencies sought to address drinking water protections statewide. The wide-ranging environmental...
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September 19, 2017 - 9:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients' products, according to a review of financial records and his published...
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September 19, 2017 - 9:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients' products, according to a review of financial records and his published...
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September 19, 2017 - 4:12 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. environmental groups opposed to the Pacific Northwest becoming an international fossil fuels gateway scored a major victory when a Washington state board invalidated two permits for a $2 billion project to manufacture methanol from natural gas and export it to China. Last week's...
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September 18, 2017 - 11:27 am
BERLIN (AP) — Researchers say there have been more than 4,500 premature deaths annually in Europe because diesel cars emitted higher levels of pollution than claimed. The study comes two years after Volkswagen was caught cheating on emissions tests in the U.S. The tiny particles emitted are...
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This Sept. 2, 2017, photo shows the Petrobras oil refinery plant in Pasadena, Texas. Plants owned by Shell, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil and other industry giants reported more than 1.5 million pounds (680 metric tons) of extraordinary emissions over eight days beginning Aug. 23, to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality in Harris County, which encompasses Houston. Petrochemical corridor residents say air that is bad enough on normal days got unbearable as Hurricane Harvey crashed into the nation's fourth-largest city and then yielded the highest ozone pollution of the year anywhere in Texas. (AP Photo/Frank Bajak)
September 08, 2017 - 9:04 am
GALENA PARK, Texas (AP) — Cindy Sanchez began to feel ill while barbecuing just before Harvey's torrents started pelting this city just east of Houston, along a corridor with the nation's highest concentration of petrochemical plants. "I started getting really, really bad headaches," said Sanchez,...
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This Sept. 2, 2017, photo shows the Petrobras oil refinery plant in Pasadena, Texas. Plants owned by Shell, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil and other industry giants reported more than 1.5 million pounds (680 metric tons) of extraordinary emissions over eight days beginning Aug. 23, to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality in Harris County, which encompasses Houston. Petrochemical corridor residents say air that is bad enough on normal days got unbearable as Hurricane Harvey crashed into the nation's fourth-largest city and then yielded the highest ozone pollution of the year anywhere in Texas. (AP Photo/Frank Bajak)
September 08, 2017 - 7:41 am
GALENA PARK, Texas (AP) — Cindy Sanchez began to feel ill while barbecuing just before Harvey's torrents started pelting this city just east of Houston, along a corridor with the nation's highest concentration of petrochemical plants. "I started getting really, really bad headaches," said Sanchez,...
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