nitrogen oxides

Kentucky Utilities Must Spend $140M on Clean Air Settlement

Kentucky Utilities Must Spend $140M on Clean Air Settlement

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, February 3, 2009 (ENS) – Back in 1997, Kentucky Utilities modified the largest coal-fired electrical generating unit at its E.W. Brown Generating Station in Mercer County, Kentucky without installing required pollution control equipment or complying with applicable emission limits. These alleged violations of the Clean Air Act allowed the company to increase the…

Tough Global Limits Imposed on Air Pollution from Large Ships

Tough Global Limits Imposed on Air Pollution from Large Ships

LONDON, UK, October 13, 2008 (ENS) – Regulations to reduce harmful air emissions from large ocean-going ships were unanimously adopted Friday by the International Maritime Organization, the United Nations specialized agency responsible for improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from ships. Effective as of July 1, 2010, the new plan will require ships to use…

Wildfires Send Ozone Pollution High Above Legal Limits

Wildfires Send Ozone Pollution High Above Legal Limits

BOULDER, Colorado, October 9, 2008 (ENS) – Wildfires can hike ozone pollution to levels that violate U.S. public health and environmental standards, new research has determined. The study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research focused on California wildfires in 2007, finding that they repeatedly caused ground-level ozone to spike to unhealthy levels…

Illinois Cement Plant Forced to Cut Air Pollution

Illinois Cement Plant Forced to Cut Air Pollution

CHICAGO, Illinois, September 9, 2008 (ENS) – In the first settlement secured by the federal government in its enforcement of the Clean Air Act to reduce air emissions from Portland cement plants, two companies that own and operate a cement plant near Dixon, Illinois will pay an $800,000 civil penalty and install pollution controls. The…

Seven Texas Petrochemical Plants Must Stop Air Pollution

Seven Texas Petrochemical Plants Must Stop Air Pollution

AUSTIN, Texas, August 27, 2008 (ENS) – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has resolved the state’s environmental enforcement action against two Lyondell Chemical Company subsidiaries that operated seven petrochemical plants in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. Under an agreed final judgment proposed by the state, defendants Equistar Chemicals and Millenium Petrochemicals Inc. will each…

New York Governor Encourages Unique Clean Coal Plant

New York Governor Encourages Unique Clean Coal Plant

ALBANY, New York, June 12, 2008 (ENS) – New York Governor David Paterson Tuesday announced that the state would offer up to $6 million in financial support for construction of a coal-fired power demonstration plant in Jamestown that will be the first of its kind in the world. The Jamestown coal plant would burn coal…

Breathing Dust and Soot Raises Risk of Stroke

Breathing Dust and Soot Raises Risk of Stroke

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, June 2, 2008 (ENS) – Short-term exposure to low levels of particulate air pollution may increase the risk of stroke or mini-stroke, according to new research conducted in Texas that suggests current exposure standards are not sufficient to protect the public. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United…

Mile-Long Petition Opposes Dominion Coal Plant in Virginia

Mile-Long Petition Opposes Dominion Coal Plant in Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia, May 9, 2008 (ENS) – Dominion Power proposes building a coal-fired power plant in Wise County, Virginia, but many Virginians oppose the facility because of the climate-warming greenhouse gases it would produce. So many Virginians want to block the power plant that their 42,400 signatures fill rolls of paper a mile long displayed…

Suppressed Aviation Report Forecasts 'Massive Environmental Damage'

Suppressed Aviation Report Forecasts 'Massive Environmental Damage'

LONDON, UK, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change emissions by the airline industry, airport noise, and local air pollution are all trending sharply upwards, according to a suppressed report based on information contained in U.S., European and UK government databases maintained by regulatory agencies. The technical report was submitted to the 7th US/Europe Air…

Pittsburgh Diesel Trash Trucks Upgraded for Cleaner Air

Pittsburgh Diesel Trash Trucks Upgraded for Cleaner Air

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, April 30, 2008 (ENS) – Trash trucks that don’t trash the air quality of the neighborhoods they serve soon will be traveling the streets of Pittsburgh. On Friday, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association received a $127,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will be used for a pilot project to…

New U.S. Smog Rules Clouded by Controversy

New U.S. Smog Rules Clouded by Controversy

WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration has tightened federal air quality standards for smog-forming ozone, but not to the extent recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific advisers. The decision was met with dismay by state and local air quality officials, public health advocates and environmental groups, who contend the…

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…

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…

Texas Offers Clunker Owners $3,500 to Buy Newer Cars

Texas Offers Clunker Owners $3,500 to Buy Newer Cars

AUSTIN, Texas, January 14, 2008 (ENS) – Texas is getting so serious about taking older, polluting cars off the road that the state is offering to pay owners of old cars to purchase newer, cleaner-running vehicles. The program to help low-income drivers replace old, polluting vehicles geared up last week to take and destroy vehicles…

Cleaner Trucks and Buses to Roll Across Europe

Cleaner Trucks and Buses to Roll Across Europe

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 27, 2007 (ENS) – Emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from European trucks and buses will be sharply curtailed by new regulations proposed Friday by the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The new standard will contribute to an improvement of air quality in Europe, the commission said…