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Air Quality

In anticipating EPA plan, states can follow examples of neighbors

While debate rages on about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas pollution from existing U.S. power plants, it’s important to take a look at what is already working around the country from the standpoint of clean energy deployment.

August 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

State delays new air quality rules for Pinedale

CASPER, Wyo. — New pollution rules for the Pinedale area will have to wait a little longer.

August 06, 2014 8:30 amLoading…
Wyoming delays on new air quality rules for Pinedale

Wyoming delays on new air quality rules for Pinedale

CASPER, Wyo. — A state advisory board moved last week to delay recommending a proposed air quality rule for natural gas facilities in the Upper Green River Basin, saying regulators need to consider concerns raised by industry and environmentalists.

July 24, 2014 5:36 amLoading…
ExxonMobil refinery fire sends black smoke over Lockwood

ExxonMobil refinery fire sends black smoke over Lockwood

A fire at ExxonMobil refinery east of Billings sent heavy, black smoke over portions of Lockwood on Friday.

June 13, 2014 10:57 amLoading…

Expected carbon limits cause concern in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Anxiety reigns in Wyoming, America's top coal-producing state, ahead of President Barack Obama's expected new carbon dioxide limits for coal-fired power plants.

May 31, 2014 9:50 amLoading…

Guest opinion: EPA rule hobbles economy, hurts consumer choice

FLINT, Mich. — At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.

February 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: EPA must not tamper with its vehicle mileage tests

GREEN BAY, Wis. — In 2010 and again in 2012, the Obama administration made one of its most important decisions on energy use and climate change.

September 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Idaho, Wyoming wildfires lead to hazy weekend in Billings

Idaho, Wyoming wildfires lead to hazy weekend in Billings

While Montana's wildfire season has been pretty quiet — with about 50,000 acres torched as of Sunday — you wouldn't know it looking at the skies in Billings over the weekend.

August 18, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Smoke from regional fires fills the Yellowstone Valley

Smoke from regional fires fills the Yellowstone Valley

Smoke from Idaho and Wyoming fires fills the Yellowstone Valley as Robert Lucas and his son, 5-year-old Camren, of Roundup, look over Billings from Swords Park.

August 18, 2013 2:48 pmLoading…
Montana greenhouse gas emissions rose 11% last decade

Montana greenhouse gas emissions rose 11% last decade

Carbon dioxide emissions rose by more than 11 percent in Montana last decade as the state continued to have one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emission rates in the country.

May 14, 2013 5:30 amLoading…

3 Montana counties get failing grades for air quality

HELENA — The American Lung Association is ranking three Montana counties as having some of the worst air quality in the nation with regards to particulates on a 24-hour basis.

April 24, 2013 6:08 amLoading…

Timber company to pay $130K for Montana air violations

HELENA — An Oregon timber company has agreed to pay $130,925 to a wood stove replacement program under a settlement that resolves air pollution violations alleged by Montana regulators.

March 29, 2013 6:36 amLoading…

Wyoming installs new air quality monitoring stations

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's Air Quality Division has started to operate new air quality monitoring stations in Casper and Rock Springs.

March 22, 2013 10:34 amLoading…
Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the owners of Montana's massive Colstrip coal-fired power plant, seeking to force the installation of more pollution controls at the decades-old facility.

March 06, 2013 6:26 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: U.S. can jump-start economy with green energy

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Abandoning fossil fuel exploration altogether is not feasible for America. But significant further government support of oil and gas drilling in places like the Alaskan wilderness or the American heartland in the name of economic growth would be a huge mistake.

February 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Missoula air pollution exceeds federal limit

The Missoula City-County Health Department has issued a Stage 2 air pollution warning, alerting the public that particulate pollution in Missoula's air exceeds national limits.

January 18, 2013 4:08 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Keep ethanol mandate, shift from corn to biofuels

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The federal requirement for use of ethanol in gasoline was widely criticized in 2012. With a prolonged drought that reduced the production of corn used to make ethanol, the mandate drove up corn prices and the cost of livestock feed, and contributed to global food scarcity.

January 17, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: U.S. should reduce soot for better health

The Obama Administration is poised to make a long overdue change to an important air quality standard for fine particulate matter, or soot.

December 08, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Billings air smoky but not unhealthy

Smoke continued to hang in the air in Billings on Saturday, although that could change by Sunday or Monday.

September 29, 2012 7:00 pmLoading…

Smoke cancels several western Montana high school sports events

Because of hazardous air quality, a number of high school sports events have been canceled or postponed, including tonight's varsity football game between Missoula Hellgate and Kalispell Glacier.

September 14, 2012 4:16 pmLoading…

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