Obama signs bipartisan chemical safety bill

WASHINGTON — The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is the first major update to environmental legislation in two decades, overhauling the process for regulating toxic chemicals, allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to ban substances like asbestos, and limiting the secrecy around those chemicals after 10 years,

But that's not the only reason why President Obama chose to sign the bill Wednesday in a public ceremony at the White House: It's also a rare example of bipartisanship from a Congress widely seen as unable to agree on much of anything.

EPA Issues Updated Mobile Source Civil Penalty Policy

​WASHINGTON – On February 3, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance published its Mobile Source Civil Penalty Policy, which went into effect immediately upon issuance. The policy is the framework by which EPA will calculate the appropriate penalties for violations of certain fuel regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that are addressed in administrative settlements rather than litigation.

New Legal Analysis Shows How Untapped Clean Air Act Provision Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA, January 14, 2016––A team of law professors and attorneys at three of the country’s leading centers devoted to climate change and environmental law have published a joint paper concluding that an unused provision of the Clean Air Act authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement an economy-wide, market-based program to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions and achieve the Obama Administration’s Paris Agreement pledge.

Washington state takes enforcement action against Volkswagen

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state environmental regulators took enforcement action against Volkswagen on Monday, accusing the company of violating the state's Clean Air Act and exposing people to harmful pollution with its emissions cheating scandal.

The Department of Ecology issued a formal notice of violation to Volkswagen AG, Audi and Volkswagen Group of America, the first step in an administrative process that could result in large penalties.

EPA protects people by enforcing the law

America has come a long way in protecting public health and the environment over the past 45 years. Since 1970, we've cut air pollution by nearly 70 percent, while our economy has tripled in size. America’s environmental laws have provided a solid foundation for success, but they’re only part of the equation. Without resources to work hand-in-hand with state, local, and tribal partners to enforce these laws, progress isn’t possible. Laws talk the talk; but enforcement walks the walk.

Makati suspends anti-smoke belching operations

DUE to mounting complaints from motorists over alleged cases of extortion, the Makati city government suspends its anti-smoke belching operations.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay on Tuesday ordered the suspension of the operations of the Makati Pollution and Control Office (MPCO) also because of the failure of its enforcers to comply with the implementing guidelines of the local vehicle emission code and the Clean Air Act or Republic Act 8749.

Binay has directed the Office of the City Administrator, headed by Atty. Eleno Mendoza, to conduct a thorough investigation of the complaints.

Study shows that Clean Air Act is reducing pollution

A collaborative project involving a Kansas State University ecologist has shown that the Clean Air Act has helped forest systems recover from decades of sulfur pollution and acid rain.

The research team -- which included Jesse Nippert, associate professor of biology -- spent four years studying centuries-old eastern red cedar trees, or Juniperus virginiana, in the Central Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. The region is downwind of the Ohio River Valley coal power plants and experienced high amounts of acidic pollution -- caused by sulfur dioxide emissions -- in the 20th century.

Smog haze pollutes Beijing's prospects

Walking into the "sports dome" at Dulwich College Beijing, an elite fee-paying international school in the capital's Shunyi District, one's ears pop and the oppression of the city's air begins to lift.

The school has built the dome - a large airtight, inflatable structure that covers the size of about four badminton courts - to provide an area for indoor sports during the freezing winter months.