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GRAPHIC: To help improve the state's air quality, thousands of Utah residents are expected to drive less this month as part of the annual Clear the Air Challenge. Graphic courtesy Salt Lake Chamber.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah residents are being asked to drive less in July as part of the state's annual Clear the Air Challenge, which organizers say has helped stop thousands of tons of emissions from entering the atmosphere. Ryan Evans, vice president of business and community relations with th ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA says it plans to ban agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, commonly used on some California crops. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice.

FRESNO, Calif. – Environmental and farm workers' groups are cheering this week's announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it plans to ban agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The EPA banned the use of chlorpyrifos in homes 15 years ago. The agency now acknowle ...Read More

PHOTO: The nation's highest court has ordered a more detailed look at the costs of the EPA's new toxic emissions standards on coal-fired power plants. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Saying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should have considered the costs of tougher emissions standards on the power industry, the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the federal agency to take another look at its new rules on air pollution from coal-fired power plants. O ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial lethal injection drug on Monday, which clears the way for executions to resume in Florida. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the lethal-injection drug midazolam does not violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment – clearing the way for states like Florida to resume using the drug in capital cases. The February execution of Orlando mur ...Read More

PHOTO: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling over new rules regulating mercury pollution at coal-fired power plants is unlikely to change Montana operations, as Big Sky power plants have already complied with EPA rules. Historic photo of a Colstrip plant under construction courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

HELENA, Mont. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the costs of implementing smokestack technology to control mercury pollution should have been considered by the EPA before the agency proceeded to draft its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. While the ruling means the agency has to rewrite s ...Read More

PHOTO: Legal experts predict the latest Supreme Court Ruling on the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxins rule won't derail efforts to reduce the number of coal-fired power plants in New York. Photo credit: M.D. Wilson.

NEW YORK – In a decision issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider tougher standards on coal-fired power plants based on their cost to the industry. Richard Revesz, director of the Institute of Policy Integrity at the New York University ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a rule to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, although they let the rule stand while the EPA rewrites a portion of it. Mercury emissions typically enter the food chain through waterways. Graphic courtesy of the National Park Service.

INDIANAPOLIS – Critics say it's a win, and so do supporters. The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards means the agency will have to go back to the drawing board on the rule, but the rule still stands in Indiana – at least for now. Earthjustice staff at ...Read More

PHOTO: Opponents of the proposed Bakken oil pipeline that would cross 18 counties through Iowa will meet tonight at the American Legion in Newton. They say the pipeline would put the state's soil, waterways and communities at risk. Photo courtesy of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Large sections of pipe are already being stockpiled along the proposed route through Iowa, but the approval of the Bakken Pipeline is far from a done deal and opponents are ramping up their fight. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is planning meetings across the stat ...Read More

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