Pollution

June 18, 2018 - 6:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought. Coal ash is the residue left after burning coal to generate power. Decades of coal...
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FILE – In this Oct. 29, 2008, file photo, a drilling rig used to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, located on a hill above a pond on John Dunn's farm in the Washington County borough of Houston, Pa. New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
June 18, 2018 - 5:57 pm
New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas. Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000 wells since arriving en masse in 2008, making...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 15, 2018 file photo, Rupert Stadler, CEO of German car producer Audi, briefs the media during the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. German authorities have detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into manipulation of emissions controls. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
June 18, 2018 - 7:57 am
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Monday detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into the manipulation of emissions controls. The move is an extension of the emissions scandal that has rocked Volkswagen since 2015 and led to billions in fines...
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June 18, 2018 - 3:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — On June 23, 1988, a top NASA scientist told Congress and the world that global warming had arrived. NASA scientist James Hansen predicted that 1988 would be the world's hottest year on record, thanks to the burning of fossil fuels that released heat-trapping gases. The Associated...
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Cyclists pedal on a road enveloped by a thick haze of dust in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The Indian capital region experienced severe levels of pollution for the third straight day on Thursday. Over the past two years, New Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being one of the world's most polluted cities. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
June 15, 2018 - 6:18 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — New Delhi officials have ordered a two-day halt to construction in an attempt to reduce choking pollution that has cloaked the city in smog and dust. The government's Central Pollution Control Board rated the city's air quality Friday as "severe" — the worst possible category — for...
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FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows the idled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, near Carlsbad, N.M. Work has started on a new ventilation system that will clear the way for more radioactive waste to be hauled underground and disposed of at the U.S. government's nuclear repository in southern New Mexico. U.S. Energy Department officials celebrated with a groundbreaking event Thursday, June 14, 2018, saying the system is key for ramping up work at the nuclear repository. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
June 14, 2018 - 4:08 pm
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Work started Thursday on a new ventilation system that will clear the way for more radioactive waste to be disposed of at the U.S. government's underground nuclear repository in southern New Mexico. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is the nation's only location for disposing of...
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In this image from video made available by NASA, astronaut Drew Feustel prepares to close a door to an atmospheric experiment during a space walk outside the International Space Station on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (NASA via AP)
June 14, 2018 - 3:36 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months. The International Space Station's commander, Drew Feustel, and Ricky Arnold completed the job after struggling with a balky shield for protection against space debris...
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June 13, 2018 - 1:11 pm
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont and people who bought certain Volkswagen diesel models that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests will be getting a total of $6.5 million from the automaker. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Wednesday that the state had reached the...
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June 11, 2018 - 9:08 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors say they have expanded their probe into manipulation of emissions controls at Volkswagen's Audi division to include Audi's CEO, Rupert Stadler. Munich prosecutors said Stadler's private residence was searched on Monday along with that of another division...
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Pope Francis waves to faithful during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
June 09, 2018 - 5:59 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told world oil executives that the transition to less-polluting energy sources "is a challenge of epochal proportions." Francis told the gathering Saturday that modern society with its "massive movement of information, persons and things requires an immense...
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