EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice announced Hyundai and Kia will pay a $100 million penalty and will pay about $50 million more on actions to prevent further violations.
As a way to help combat air pollution, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awards 33 incentive grants for alternative fuel vehicles. Additional grants have also been awarded for innovative alternative fuel projects.
With a grant provided by the EPA, the New Mexico Department of Environmental Quality will be working to promote sustainability and pollution prevention on a state-wide basis.
Four public hearings took place at the end of July. By then, about 300,000 comments already had been submitted.
A federal appeals court has sided with the EPA to uphold a policy to scrutinize pollution from severe mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, helping protect the waters and surrounding communities.
The EPA is proposing updates be made to air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills, which would reduce methane emissions and overall pollution.
In order to help combat the high amount of pollution and smog that China is currently facing, the Chinese government is planning to remove six million high-emission vehicles from the road.
The European Union's greenhouse gas emissions continued to fall in 2012, as a 1.3 percent decrease cut emissions to 19.2 percent below 1990 levels, according to official data from the European Environment Agency (EEA). This puts the EU within reach of its 20 percent reduction target, with eight years to go until the 2020 deadline.
Today, the EPA has released a proposal that will place tough emissions limits on coal-fired power plants, which is expected to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent.
The EPA has approved requests from 6 counties in Florida and requests in Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C. to remove those areas from federal clean gasoline requirements.
About half of the urban population being monitored in 91 countries is exposed to air pollution that is at least 2.5 times higher than the levels WHO recommends.
The 6-2 decision in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation upholds the Transport Rule, which requires emission reductions by power plants in upwind states that "contribute significantly" to downwind states' nonattainment of EPA's air quality standards.
Constructing an electric generating plant in Matagorda, Texas, represents $450 million in economic development and hundreds of jobs.
"We are pleased to have worked cooperatively with the EPA to reach an agreement that benefits area residents and appreciate EPA's commitment to identifying community projects with local support that will provide for additional emissions reductions in the area," said Phil Gaarder, vice president of operations for Flint Hills Resources.
Six categories of plastic packaging have been found to reduce energy use and emissions in a new study.
The oil and gas industry's trade association claims the new rule will hike costs and increase CO2 emissions at U.S. refineries.
The settlement of a lawsuit filed against EPA by community groups in Texas and Louisiana requires EPA to take action by the end of 2014 to review outdated formulas and require more accurate reporting of toxic emissions from U.S. refineries and chemical plants.
Based in Quebec, the company is the first Canadian manufacturer to join the EPA program that encourages food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions.
In an EIP report, it was found that 395 facilities in six states emit over 10,000 pounds of toxic chemicals each year, but don’t report to the Toxics Release Inventory because of a government loophole.
The recent fracking boom may do more harm than good for the climate if the U.S. EPA doesn’t do a better job of regulating methane releases. Even if it does, will cheap natural gas displace cleaner energy options like wind and solar?
- By Patrick Parenteau, David Scott
- Jan 22, 2014