Under Trump, criminal prosecutions for pollution dropped sharply

A new report finds an “alarming” drop in prosecutions over violations of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, fundamental environmental laws.
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PA: Shale gas companies fined for spills, leaks

Pipeline spills and leaks in Washington and Greene counties that pollute steams result in $310,000 penalty.


PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter in Camp Fire case

The California utility’s transmission line started the 2018 fire that killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.

Limits on gatherings make it a 'great time to be building a pipeline,' says Alberta energy minister

Alberta's energy minister says it's a good time to build a pipeline because public health restrictions limit protests against them.

In isolation and hungry for companionship? Don’t feed the foxes, Yukon government says

With more people at home, foxes in Whitehorse are having no trouble finding a meal. The problem is, they're starting to get comfortable.


If you cause a wildfire in B.C., be ready to pay for the cost of fighting it

'I don't think people realize, holy shit, if you're negligent, you can be on the hook for a lot of money.'


PG&E pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in deadly Camp Fire

Utility giant PG&E says it will pay $4 million and plead guilty to 85 criminal counts in connection with the 2018 Camp Fire.

Judge hits Diesel Brothers with $848,000 in penalties for air pollution violations

The Diesel Brothers reality TV stars must pay $848,000 for modifying, marketing and selling pickup trucks with emission control defeat devices installed, a judge has ruled.


Massachusetts gas company to plead guilty after fatal explosion

Columbia Gas has agreed to sell its business in the state and pay a $53 million fine, the authorities said.

On the hook for Clean Air Act damages, Diesel Brothers lose bid for settlement conference

The Diesel Brothers have lost a bid for a court-mediated settlement conference they hoped could soften the blow of impending Clean Air Act monetary penalties.


City accepts Erie Coke's remaining wastewater

State regulators asked city to take wastewater, city solicitor says.


Liberia: EPA repatriates four containers of hazardous chemical to Greece, fines LEC for pollution

The anti-smuggling unit of the Liberia Revenue Authority was alerted by "an unusual foul odor" oozing from a consignment of polyethylene bags.


Dover Greens, part of Olivet, to pay damages after EPA suit

In addition to the $575,000 fee, Dover Greens has agreed to provide medical exams for those exposed to asbestos on a job in Oct. 2013.

Environmentalists unimpressed by Ontario plan to expand fines for polluters

The province's environment minister announced a proposal that would expand the government's power to impose levies on those who break environment laws.

Indonesian court fines palm oil firm $18.5m over forest fires in 2015

Observers have welcomed the verdict, but say the challenge now will be to compel the company to pay up.

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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