clean air act

EPA Chief Blasted for Denying California Clean Car Waiver

EPA Chief Blasted for Denying California Clean Car Waiver

WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2008 (ENS) – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced legislation today that would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to grant California a waiver under the Clean Air Act to cut global warming pollution from motor vehicles. A host…

Sinclair Oil Agrees to Pollution Controls Worth $72 Million

Sinclair Oil Agrees to Pollution Controls Worth $72 Million

WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2008 (ENS) – Sinclair Oil Corp. has agreed to pay a $2.45 million civil penalty to state and federal governments and spend more than $72 million for new and upgraded pollution controls to reduce air pollution from the company’s three refineries. The settlement resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act…

Shell's Deer Park Refinery Emissions Draw Legal Action

Shell's Deer Park Refinery Emissions Draw Legal Action

HOUSTON, Texas, January 9, 2008 (ENS) – Sierra Club and Environment Texas filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal district court against Shell Oil Company and several affiliates. The groups claim that Shell has repeatedly violated the Clean Air Act at its Deer Park, Texas, oil refinery and chemical plant, resulting in the release of millions…

EPA Faces Wave of Challenges to California Waiver Denial

EPA Faces Wave of Challenges to California Waiver Denial

WASHINGTON, DC, December 21, 2007 (ENS) – A powerful Congressional committee has launched an investigation into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s denial of California’s request to impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles and other tailpipe toxics. It is the first time a waiver request has been denied under the federal Clean Air…

EPA Rejects California's Greenhouse Gas Tailpipe Law

EPA Rejects California's Greenhouse Gas Tailpipe Law

WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2007 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, has denied California’s request to impose greenhouse gas emissions limits on motor vehicles. It is the first time the EPA has ever denied a waiver request under the Clean Air Act, and California officials are already preparing their lawsuit. California sought a…

New Jersey Sues Over Pennsylvania Power Plant Pollution

New Jersey Sues Over Pennsylvania Power Plant Pollution

Air pollution knows no borders (Photo credit unknown) TRENTON, New Jersey, December 18, 2007 (ENS) – Because air pollution recognizes no borders, the state of New Jersey today filed suit against the owner of a coal-fired power plant across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. Alleging that Reliant Energy MidAtlantic Power Holdings modified its coal-fired Portland…

California Tailpipe Emissions Law Upheld in Federal Court

California Tailpipe Emissions Law Upheld in Federal Court

FRESNO, California, December 12, 2007 (ENS) – A federal district judge today upheld a 2002 California law that regulates the emission of greenhouse gases from the tailpipes of cars and trucks. The California emissions standard requires a 30 percent reduction in tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions by 2016. The reduction would be phased in gradually starting…