User: flenvcenter Topic: Air and Climate-National
Category: Air :: Air Pollution
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Suncor oil refinery spews 8.5 tons a year of cyanide gas over low-income north Denver neighborhoods, state records show 20.4.2018 Denver Post: Business
Suncor Energy's oil refinery north of Denver is spewing 8.5 tons a year of invisible hydrogen cyanide gas over low-income north Denver neighborhoods, state records show.
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What ALA’s most recent State of the Air Report reveals about oil and gas air pollution in the Western U.S. 19.4.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
What ALA’s most recent State of the Air Report reveals about oil and gas air pollution in the Western U.S.
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Germans love their cars. They also love the environment. A diesel ban is forcing them to choose. 19.4.2018 Washington Post
Germans love their cars. They also love the environment. A diesel ban is forcing them to choose.
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Philadelphia's smog problem gets worse, says American Lung Association 18.4.2018 Philly.com News
The association's annual State of the Air report for 2018 found that all areas monitored in the Philadelphia metro area saw increases in ground level ozone, which is also known as smog.
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Contamination from a nuclear cleanup forced a shutdown. Investigators want to know who is responsible 16.4.2018 LA Times: Nation

As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River.

The releases at the Department of Energy cleanup site spewed unknown amounts of plutonium dust...

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Blowing in the wind: Plutonium at former nuclear weapons site 16.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary
As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River.
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MN urges EPA to reconsider rollback of vehicle emission standards 16.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
President Trump's EPA is moving toward a repeal of the Obama-era standards, which are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
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Trump targets smog standards, ordering EPA to make it easier for companies to comply 13.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

President Trump took aim at federal air quality standards Thursday, directing the Environmental Protection Agency to relax restrictions on state governments and businesses that have been key to cutting smog.

In a memo, the president instructed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to more quickly review...

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California Air Resources Board sues Trump administration over repeal of anti-pollution rule 11.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Administrator Pruitt opened the door to making Houston’s air toxics problem worse 10.4.2018 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
Residents of Houston, Texas – our nation’s fourth largest city – have long been burdened with a serious air pollution problem. Between 2013 and 2015, the Houston area reported unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone (“smog”) on an average of over 23 days each year. Last year, the American Lung Association ranked Houston as the sixteenth-most […]
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The New Science of Smog 9.4.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Other things pollute the air more than gasoline exhaust does.
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Auto Alliance Pushed Climate Denial to Get Trump Admin to Abandon Obama Fuel Efficiency Standards 8.4.2018 Truthout.com
(Photo: LanaElcova / Shutterstock) The Trump administration  officially announced Monday that it will scrap fuel economy and emissions targets  for cars and light-duty trucks sold in the United States and set new weaker standards, effectively undermining one of the federal government's most effective policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As  the New York Times  and  the Los Angeles Times  anticipated late last week, the two agencies responsible for auto standards -- the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- both claimed that their internal reviews have found the Obama-era standards to be too strict, and that the agencies would go back to the drawing board to revise standards for model years 2022-2025.  The weaker standards, expected to be revealed in coming months and reported to be well below the  current targets of 54.5 miles per gallon  (or roughly 35 miles per gallon in real-world driving conditions), will be celebrated as a ...
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Beef cattle feedlot settles with state in air pollution case 8.4.2018 AP Washington
WALLULA, Wash. (AP) -- A company that operates a beef cattle feedlot in southeastern Washington has reached a settlement with the state over a charge of failing to manage air pollution....
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Air quality board delays vote on regulating freight pollution 7.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Southern California air quality officials delayed action Friday on a proposal to draft regulations for warehouses, rail yards and large construction projects that are responsible for much of the region’s most harmful, smog-forming emissions.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District governing...

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With gas mileage rollback, Trump targets auto industry's key role in U.S. climate policy 7.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Gas prices have been so low in recent years that more Americans are choosing to buy bigger vehicles, a trend that has stymied efforts to cut auto emissions.

One thing reining in consumer appetite for trucks and SUVs has been tough fuel economy standards adopted several years ago by California and...

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Court Rules EPA Unlawfully Delayed Environmental Racism Investigations for Decades 6.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Father Phil Schmitter and other advocates from a predominately Black neighborhood in Flint, Michigan filed a civil rights complaint with the EPA more than 20 years before the city became a symbol of environmental racism. The EPA finally completed its investigation into the complaint last year, and only after environmental justice groups took the agency to federal court. Darlene McClendon, 62, at her home in Flint, Michigan, on October 11, 2016. (Photo: Brittany Greeson / For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! A federal court ruled this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Civil Rights Act by delaying investigations into environmental discrimination complaints for years, even decades. For plaintiff Phil Schmitter, a priest and social justice activist from Flint, Michigan, the ruling is a bittersweet victory that was a long ...
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Automakers Went to Incredible Lengths to Convince the EPA to Roll Back Fuel Standards 6.4.2018 Mother Jones
For two years, Margo Oge met with auto manufacturers almost daily, trying to forge a landmark deal to combat air pollution. With her team at the US Environmental Protection Agency, other government officials and engineers from 15 automakers, she pored over proprietary data and hashed out which fuel-economy standards would be achievable. Trade associations and […]
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In California vs. the EPA, it's the state that's fighting to protect the environment 6.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

President Trump and the auto industry are teaming up to roll back gas mileage and emissions rules that would deliver a new car fleet in 2025 averaging 36 mpg in real-world driving. Fortunately, California — and a dozen other states — insist we need to keep the tough standard, which is the biggest...

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SKorean baseball league cancels games after pollution alert 6.4.2018 Washington Post: World
South Korea’s rapidly worsening air pollution has forced the country’s professional baseball league to cancel three games.
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New regional emissions study offers insights into New Mexico’s oil and gas emissions problems 5.4.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New regional emissions study offers insights into New Mexico’s oil and gas emissions problems
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