• EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing the bill.

  • Air pollution becomes Israel-Palestinian wedge issue

    In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, Palestinian laborer Sami Abu Baker, 35, who has a fifteen years service in the charcoal factories, poses for a picture during a day work, in the West Bank town of Yabad, near Jenin. For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about the air pollution emanating from nearby Palestinian factories in the West Bank and the potential health hazards they pose. But now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting the worst offending charcoal plants, Palestinians say hundreds have been put out of work in a swift stamp of the military occupation.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    YABED, West Bank (AP) — For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious town, Palestinians complain that hundreds were thrown out of work by their military occupiers.