The U.S. Department of Justice is suing a major petrochemical company, arguing that its chemical plant in Reserve, Louisiana, poses an unacceptable risk to the health and welfare of the area’s majority-Black population. The EPA has repeatedly found chloroprene levels near the facility that exceed the maximum concentration recommended for human exposure.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is making $550 million available to fund community projects that reduce pollution in overburdened communities. The agency will select 11 nonprofits to administer the grants over a three-year period starting no later than early 2024, either by themselves or in partnership with other nonprofits, tribal governments, or universities.
The price of carbon in the European Union rose above 100 euros per metric ton of emissions for the first time last week, crossing a symbolic threshold that experts say could spur more carbon reduction measures across polluting industries. Carbon is priced per metric ton, and a higher price means a higher incentive to cut emissions. (Some hard-to-decarbonize industries are given a limited number of free permits.)