Judge Approves Record $14.7 Billion Volkswagen Settlement

A U.S. federal judge has authorized Volkswagen AG to pay a record-setting $14.7 billion to resolve the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in the northwestern city of San Francisco, California signed an order Tuesday that
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Philadelphia Defenses Of EPA Clean Power Plan

Coalition cites critical need for rules in order to protect the public, environment and grow the economy City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith  announced that Philadelphia  is joining a coalition of 24 states, cities and counties filing a motion to intervene to defend the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power (more...)

Supercomputer Helps Design Wind Turbines

Since 2005, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been researching, developing and testing materials in freezing conditions. By developing more efficient materials for wind turbines, researchers can increase turbine efficiency and reduce potential downtime for wind turbines in cold climates, the U.S. Department of (more...)

U.S. Moves to Low-Carbon Economy

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States is making steady progress in reducing energy consumption, increasing efficiency and deploying alternative energy technologies, actions that contribute to lower levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and could transform the country to a low-carbon economy. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz offered that overview (more...)

Environmental Care Creates Economic Growth

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Environmental protection is good for the economy and creates jobs, according to decades of national experience. The United States’ new top environmental officer says those facts should end the nation’s decades-long debate on a “false choice” — the assertion that environmental protections inhibit (more...)

Wozniak Bill Waives Inspections for Newer Cars

State Sen. John N. Wozniak announced new legislation that would lift the requirement of annual inspections for cars less than two years old. “For purchasers of today’s new cars, the annual inspection is a pointless ritual that serves no purpose,” he said. “Owners of new cars have (more...)

Wozniak Calls for Reevaluation of Emissions Testing

State Sen. John N. Wozniak today formally asked the federal government to reconsider vehicle emissions inspection requirements in Pennsylvania. In a resolution introduced in the state Senate, Wozniak said the emission inspections are ineffective and costly. “Today’s cars are cleaner and annual emission testing isn’t as (more...)