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Supreme Court rejects Exxon's appeal in pollution case

Washington, Apr 21 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal by Exxon Mobil Corp. in a case that obligated the firm to pay $105 million for contaminating a New York City aquifer. In 2009, a court found that Exxon had contaminated subterranean water wells with a fuel additive known at MTBE, which leaked from its underground storage tanks in the NYC borough of Queens. Last July 2, a federal appellate court upheld the verdict.

California air quality officials consider relaxing rules for some diesel trucks

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - California air quality officials are considering giving small trucking operations more time to comply with new rules to clean up diesel emissions. The proposal would push back deadlines by a few years for small fleets, lightly used trucks and those in rural areas with cleaner air, and offer other adjustments to assist truck owners, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday (http://lat.ms/1rfppR1 ).

Top court declines Exxon's appeal in water pollution case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. The decision not to hear the case leaves intact a July 2 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the judgment.

S. Korea blanketed by fine dust, alert issued

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- A thick layer of fine dust blanketed South Korea on Wednesday, prompting the capital Seoul to issue this year's first warning against the particles and urge people to stay indoors. According to the data by the Korea Meteorological Administration, Seoul's atmospheric concentration levels of "particulate matter (PM)-10" pollutants recorded 227 micrograms per cubic meter as of 1 p.m., reaching the "very bad" level.

Appeals court rejects state and industry challenges to EPA emission standards for power plants

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up mercury, lead, arsenic and other dangerous air pollutants. The new regulations were designed to remove toxins from the air that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

Appeals court says EPA acted reasonably in decision not to change carbon monoxide standard

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide. Three environmental and wildlife organizations want the public health standard toughened. But the appeals court says in a 3-0 ruling that the private groups cannot challenge the lack of a secondary air quality standard for carbon monoxide. The EPA decided not to have one, based on a finding that the connection between carbon monoxide and climate change was tenuous.

British PM skips morning jog because of pollution

British Prime Minister David Cameron abandoned his normal early morning run on Thursday because of high pollution levels in London. A combination of local emissions, light winds and pollution from continental Europe, compounded with dust blown from the Sahara, has prompted health warnings about poor air quality across southern and central England. Asked about the pollution levels in a BBC interview, Cameron said: "It is unpleasant, and you can feel it in the air."

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

BEIJING/SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia, officials said. The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's one-day visit to the Chinese capital, calls for the establishment of an environmental team within a joint committee in charge of economic and cultural exchange projects.

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia. The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's one-day visit to the Chinese capital, calls for the establishment of an environmental team within a joint committee in charge of economic and cultural exchange projects.

Seoul, Beijing join hands to tackle fine dust

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Seoul City signed an agreement with Beijing Thursday to make joint efforts in tackling air pollution, including hazardous ultrafine dust that has been increasingly affecting Northeast Asia. The agreement, signed between Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his counterpart Wang Anshun during Park's one-day visit to the Chinese capital, calls for the establishment of an environmental team within a joint committee in charge of economic and cultural exchange projects.
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