Pollution laws and regulations

Flames and smoke rise after a fire started at an Exxon Mobil facility, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Baytown, Texas. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 5:15 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — An explosion and fire at an Exxon Mobil oil refinery in Texas on Wednesday left 37 people with minor injuries, in the latest of a series of petrochemical industry blazes this year in the Houston area. The fire began after an explosion at approximately 11:07 a.m. at an Exxon Mobil...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 3, 2018 file photo, Rupert Stadler, then CEO of Audi AG, attends the shareholders' meeting of the Volkswagen stock company in Berlin, Germany. German prosecutors announced Wednesday July 31, 2019, that they have charged Rupert Stadler and three other individuals with fraud in connection with sales of diesel cars with software that enabled cheating on emissions tests. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, FILE)
July 31, 2019 - 11:27 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The former head of Volkswagen's luxury division Audi has been charged with fraud in Germany over the sale of cars with software that enabled cheating on emissions tests, prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutors in Munich said they charged Rupert Stadler and three others...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 file photo, Ola Kallenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, speaks to the media during a media preview at the Auto show in Paris. Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, says it lost 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in the second quarter as the company booked 4.2 billion euros in one-time charges for troubles with diesel vehicles and air bag recalls. The quarterly loss reported Wednesday was the company's first since 2009 and a bumpy start for new CEO Ola Kallenius, who took over from Dieter Zetsche on May 22 and since then has had to issue two profit warnings. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
July 24, 2019 - 7:40 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, says it lost 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in the second quarter as the company booked 4.2 billion euros in one-time charges for troubles with diesel vehicles and air bag recalls. The quarterly loss reported Wednesday...
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FILE - This undated file photo shows Barrick Goldstrike Mines' Betze-Post open pit near Carlin, Nev. A three-judge panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Friday, July 19, 2019, that state and federal programs ensure mining companies take financial responsibility for their pollution. (Adella Harding/The Daily Free Press via AP, File)
July 19, 2019 - 6:54 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. The ruling came after the administration was...
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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 file photo, Pinot Noir grapes just picked are shown in a bin in Napa, Calif. The Environmental Protection Agency is rejecting legal challenges by environmental groups seeking a ban of a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. The EPA’s defense Thursday comes in response to an environmental group’s federal court fight to force the agency to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
July 18, 2019 - 6:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a key legal challenge Thursday to a pesticide linked to brain damage in children, saying environmental groups had failed to prove that a ban was warranted. The agency's defense of continued use of the widely used bug-killer chlorpyrifos...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, a rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. The Manhattan skyline is at top. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. It calls for all the state's electricity to come from renewable, carbon-free sources such as solar, wind and hydropower. Transportation and building heating systems would also run on clean electricity rather than oil and gas. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
July 18, 2019 - 4:46 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to...
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File---Picture taken Oct.31, 2018 shows cars queuing in a traffic jam when commuting to Frankfurt, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
July 12, 2019 - 8:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — A panel of economists advising the German government is recommending that the country should put a price on carbon emissions if it wants to meet its targets for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. In a report delivered Friday to German...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, from left, Cal/EPA Secretary Matthew Rodriguez, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra talk to the media in Fresno, Calif. Nichols says she’s not optimistic about striking a compromise with the Trump administration over its efforts to relax mileage standards, resolving a bitter standoff threatening to unleash years of court fights and confusion in the U.S. auto industry. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)
July 09, 2019 - 7:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — California's air pollution control boss says she's open to compromise with the Trump administration over its efforts to relax mileage standards, as the bitter standoff threatens to unleash years of court fights and confusion in the U.S. auto industry. Five months after President...
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President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during an event about the environment in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 08, 2019 - 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared himself a champion of the environment Monday, working to boost his standing on climate change and pollution issues in advance of the 2020 election despite having launched some of the most sweeping rollbacks in air, water and other protections in...
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FILE - In this June 27, 2019 file photo, a woman rides a horse as truckers and loggers opposed to a carbon-capping bill hold a rally at the Capitol in Salem, Ore. When Democrats won a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature last November, it seemed they had a clear path ahead to combat global warming, enact gun control and pursue other liberal goals, but instead, it's been a bumpy road, and Democrats have learned the limits of power during the Oregon Legislature's most acrimonious session in memory as Republican lawmakers boycotted the Senate twice and also fled the state after Democratic Gov. Kate Brown ordered police after them. (Noble Guyon/The Oregonian via AP, File)
July 03, 2019 - 6:59 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When Democrats won a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature last November, it seemed they had a clear path ahead to combat global warming, enact gun control and pursue other liberal goals. Instead, it's been a bumpy road. Eight months after Democrats toasted their victories,...
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