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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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US appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a coalition of states and businesses reliant on fossil fuels made their case Tuesday to a federal appeals court that President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail climate-warming greenhouse gases is an unconstitutional power grab. The Clean Power Plan, which aims to ratchet down carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, has been challenged by more than ...

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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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EPA should have considered costs of air rule sooner, court says


A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court said today that the federal Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs before it decided to regulate hazardous air pollutant emissions from coal-fired power plants, not just when determining exactly what regulatory limits for mercury and other air toxics should apply. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled against EPA in a closely watched ...

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Opinion: Airing out the ‘Burgh’s air quality

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To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, opinions are as various as faces. As can be the interpretation of facts. As the latest clucking, squawking and hissing over Pittsburgh’s supposedly horrid air quality illustrates. Year after year — and with less credibility each year — the American Lung Association (ALA) smears Greater Pittsburgh with a report that typically concludes the region’s air to ...

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Experts say Pittsburgh’s air continues to improve

The air in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area is improving, according to the American Lung Association’s 2015 national “State of the Air” report card. But it’s not getting better fast enough to keep the region from ranking in the bottom 25 of 240 metropolitan areas for the categories measured — daily and annual soot pollution and smog. Joining Pittsburgh in that ...

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Environmental group targets Ohio’s Portman over clean air


One of America’s most well-financed and courtroom-savvy environmental groups is going hard after U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) for a budget amendment he introduced that could weaken the federal government’s landmark Clean Air Act. The New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council began a two-week advertising blitz against Mr. Portman across social media platforms, in newspapers, and Ohio television stations, ...

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Obama moves to create first methane limits for gas drilling

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half. Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules join a host of others that President Barack Obama has ordered in ...

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10 states say EPA tribal boundary ruling needs full review


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Ten states are urging a federal appeals court to review from scratch the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision that Riverton and surrounding lands in Wyoming remain legally Indian Country. The states filed a brief this week with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. They are Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, ...

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