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4 companies plead guilty to federal clean air violations

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BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Four companies have pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a total of $3.5 million for criminal clean air violations at two Southeast Texas oil and chemical processing facilities. Papers filed in federal court Wednesday in Beaumont show KTX Limited and KTX Properties Inc. pleaded guilty to negligently releasing hazardous air pollutants in a tank explosion at ...

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EPA protecting refuge from air pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a plan Wednesday to address air pollution coming from Texas that is reducing visibility at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, as well as the Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks in Texas. “There’s a tradition of rivalry and competition between Oklahoma and Texas, and Oklahomans would never accept Texas messing ...

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Fracking boom on UT’s West Texas lands linked to spills, air pollution

The hydraulic fracturing boom on University of Texas System lands in West Texas has polluted soil, groundwater and air, according to a report to be released Tuesday by an environmental group and a think tank. At least 1.6 million gallons of oil, saltwater and other pollutants have spilled from wells and associated equipment on UT System-owned land since 2008, said ...

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Holy Smoke: EPA wants to regulate BBQ grills?

Hide your wieners. And your burgers, and your chicken quarters and your T-bones. It appears the EPA has funded a $15,000 grant geared at among other things “limiting the overall air pollution … and alleviating some of the acute health problems” associated with backyard barbecue grills. Students at the University of California Riverside received the grant as part of the ...

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Fitzgerald touts Pittsburgh’s development, cleaner air, economy

During a spring visit to Pittsburgh, government, business, education and nonprofit leaders from Portland, Ore., did what people from Portland do. They rented bikes, hired a guide and toured miles of bike paths. “We’re a city of bridges, too, and we just felt at home,” said Randy Miller, the Greater Portland Inc. board member who organized the May visit. “We ...

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Gas flares in Eagle Ford Shale continue upward

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SAN ANTONIO — State records show that gas flaring in the most profitable shale field in the U.S. is on pace to surpass to 2013 levels of waste and pollution in South Texas. The San Antonio Express-News reported Sunday that the Eagle Ford Shale burned off more than 20 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the first seven months of ...

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EPA’s comment dilemma: so many voices, so little time

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It would take 71 Environmental Protection Agency employees spending all their workdays from now until June to read all the comments submitted to the agency’s Clean Power Plan thus far, assuming a modest 5-minute limit per comment. For some, five seconds will do: “Don’t [expletive deleted] this up, [expletive deleted],” was the concise directive of one commenter. Other comments may ...

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5 Wyoming counties could top proposed ozone limit

CASPER, Wyo. — Five Wyoming counties could exceed a new standard for atmospheric ozone proposed but not yet implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recent air pollution monitoring shows. The proposal announced Wednesday calls for lowering the ozone threshold from 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 ppb and possibly as low as 60 ppb. Monitoring equipment ...

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China sets lofty goal for cutting emissions


BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) – Chinese policymakers will use ambitious goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to put the world’s largest energy consumer on track toward a low-carbon economy, said Xie Zhenhua, China’s top climate official. During a two-day summit in Brisbane, Australia, G20 leaders agreed to set out domestic post-2020 targets as soon as possible, preferably early next year. They also ...

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