hazardous air pollutants

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Weak Bush-era Mercury Rule

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Weak Bush-era Mercury Rule

WASHINGTON, DC, February 24, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to consider a Bush-era rule that would have allowed a cap-and-trade approach to mercury, a toxic heavy metal emitted by power plants that burn coal and oil. Power plants are the largest source of mercury in the nation. The Supreme Court’s decision…

Pfizer Pays First Fine Under New Pharmaceutical Air Rules

Pfizer Pays First Fine Under New Pharmaceutical Air Rules

GROTON, Connecticut, June 25, 2008 (ENS) – The pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its former manufacturing plant in Groton, Connecticut. The company stopped making pharmaceuticals at the plant in January. The settlement is the first of its type…

Polluting California Cement Plant Installs Cleaner Kiln

Polluting California Cement Plant Installs Cleaner Kiln

LOS ANGELES, California, March 6, 2008 (ENS) – A cement plant that is one of the largest sources of smog-forming nitrogen oxides in California will replace polluting equipment with a state of the art kiln to reduce these emissions. Under the terms of a $394,000 settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the TXI…