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EDF Experts Testify About the Need for Stronger Health Protections from Smog 29.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Experts Testify About the Need for Stronger Health Protections from Smog
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As the Senate votes to interfere with the Administration's review, EPA set to comment on KXL pipeline's impact 29.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Liz Barratt-Brown, Senior Advisor, Washington, DC: The Senate is expected to vote today to by-pass the Administration's ongoing review of whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is in the national interest. It's not. But no doubt Senator John Hoeven (ND) will again be waiving...
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Clearing the air: Why we need strong smog standards 29.1.2015 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This week and next, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings across the country on the proposed updates to our national smog (ground-level ozone) standards from their current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 to 70 ppb. Exacerbated by the combustion of fossil-fuel power plants and car exhaust, ground-level ozone […]
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Region’s air may face new rules 29.1.2015 Durango Herald
Air pollution in the Four Corners could face a tougher standard under the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to strengthen national air quality.The EPA is proposing to reduce allowable ground-level ozone levels from 75 parts per billion per eight-hour period to 65 to 70 ppb.Since the current 75 ppb was set in 2008,...
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Groups Sue EPA Seeking Livestock Farm Air Quality Standards 29.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleging failure to address air pollution from large-scale livestock farms.


Two federal lawsuits filed in the District of Columbia allege the EPA has not responded to petitions filed in 2009 and 2011 asking the agency to use its Clean Air Act authority to regulate large hog, cattle and poultry farms.


The groups include the Environmental Integrity Project, the Humane Society of the United States, and citizen groups from Wisconsin, Iowa and California. They claim ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and other manure-generated contaminants in states such as Iowa and North Carolina make people sick.


The groups want the EPA to set air quality standards for large livestock farms.


An EPA spokesman had no immediate comment.

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EPA reaches air quality agreement with taconite facilities 29.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Two taconite producers, considered by environmentalists as major contributors to low air quality in the Iron Range, have reached a settlement that will allow them time to develop and install new technology to reduce pollutants.
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Environmental, animal rights groups sue EPA seeking air quality standards at livestock farms 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Coalition Sues EPA for Failing to Address Factory Farm Air Pollution 29.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Air pollution choking the life out of Asia 28.1.2015 CNN: Top Stories
At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that particular school year, clouds of smoke shrouded the skyline. The record-setting air pollution, which had begun in 1997 and lasted for months, caused a 30% spike in hospital visits. It would later be remembered as one of southeast Asia's worst-ever "haze episodes."
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EPA to Host an Ozone Hearing in Arlington, TX, and You’re Invited 28.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Elena Craft, PhD Smog over Dallas Skyline Source: WikiCommons/Turn685 This Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will hold hearings across the country on the proposed updates to our national smog ( ground-level ozone ) standards from their current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 to 70 ppb. Exacerbated by the combustion of fossil-fuel power plants and car exhaust, ground-level ozone is the single most widespread air pollutant in the United States and is linked to severe respiratory health outcomes. For an industrious and populous state like Texas, ozone poses a great threat to public health. In Texas, the hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. local time at Arlington City Hall . Does the proposal go far enough? While EDF supports EPA’s proposal to strengthen these critical health protections, we believe that going even further, to 60 ppb, would provide the strongest protections for Americans and would be in line with what leading medical associations like the ...
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Verdict Is In—There’s Broad Support for Plan to Cut Methane Pollution 27.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jeremy Symons When the White House announced ambitious plans to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 45 percent, EDF President Fred Krupp called it a landmark move . And according, to a recent poll , 66 percent of Americans agree that strong federal standards are needed to safeguard our air from methane pollution, which is responsible for about a quarter of today’s warming. The oil and gas industry– the largest industrial source of this climate pollutant–wastes enough unburned methane each year to heat six million homes. The plan has drawn widespread support among opinion leaders as well as industry experts. Support in the states Noting that the White House is effectively catching up to efforts already begun at the state level, the Denver Business Journal covered the announcement under the headline, “ Obama wants to cut oil & gas methane emissions; Colorado did that a year ago .” The Denver Post went further, with an editorial noting that “the feds could learn a lot from the ways in ...
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Obama and Modi Signal a Shift Towards Action on a Global Climate Deal 27.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy Fellow Amidst the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi signaled a stronger relationship in fighting global climate change and growing clean energy markets. The leaders of...
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Obama heads to India to revive 'pivot to Asia' policy 25.1.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Just two months after his last trip to Asia, President Obama left Saturday for a three-day visit to India that includes no world summits, no major decisions to make and a relaxed schedule designed mainly to give plenty of chances for dinner and conversation with the country's popular new...
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EPA Sued Over Disclosure Rules for Toxic Pollution From Drilling and Fracking 24.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been sued over toxic chemicals released into the air, water and land by the oil and gas industry, a coalition of nine environmental and open government groups announced recently. The extraction of oil and gas releases more toxic pollution than any other industry except for power plants, according to the EPA's own estimates, the coalition, which filed the lawsuit this morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, noted. But the industry has thus far escaped federal rules that, for over the past two decades, have required other major polluters to disclose the type and amount of toxic chemicals they release or dispose. The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is a federal pollution database, established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, and can be used by first-responders in the event of a crisis as well as members of the general public. "People deserve to know what toxic chemicals are being used near their homes, schools ...
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New Bipartisan Poll: Americans Embrace Climate Action, Clean Energy & Health Protections 22.1.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (January 22, 2015) – With President Obama and the new GOP-controlled Congress facing showdowns over climate change, and health and environmental safeguards, new public opinion research shows that a strong majority of Americans in five key states support existing protections and many -- including many Republicans -- favor tougher environmental ...
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Xs, Os, and the Ideal Gas Law 22.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Honk if you predicted that an AFC Championship game would lead to a debate over the proper application of the Ideal Gas Law.
US Supreme Court rules in favor of fired air marshal 22.1.2015 Yahoo: Politics
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a former air marshal who was fired for leaking information about cuts at the undercover security service. Air Force veteran Robert MacLean was fired after he told a US broadcaster the Federal Air Marshal Service was not putting agents on some late flights to avoid the expense of overnight hotel stays. The United States deploys armed air marshals on some passenger flights worldwide to try to prevent hijackings. The case dates back to July 2003, when MacLean and his colleagues were alerted by the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that Al-Qaeda was planning hijackings, particularly on the East ...
The Myth of Obama Moving to the Left 22.1.2015 Truthout.com
President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base for a trip to Boise State University in Idaho, January 21, 2015. Following his State of the Union address, Obama plans to visit two Republican-red states, visiting Idaho for the first time in his presidency. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times). The line in right-wing media today is that last night's State of the Union address is a sign that President Obama is moving to "the left." The Washington Examiner, for example, is calling Obama's speech a "leftward lurch." The Washington Times, meanwhile, says that it shows that the President is embracing a "left-wing" agenda.  And over at The Hill, Dick Morris says that we should now expect President Obama to spend the final years of his presidency "selling his new radical left-wing agenda to America."  There's no question that many of the policies President Obama unveiled last night in his State of the Union address are without a doubt solid, progressive policies. See more news and ...
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Shell Slapped with Near-$1 million Fine for Falsely Selling Green Motor Fuel 21.1.2015 Environmental News Network
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a settlement with threecompanies affiliated with Shell Oil Company to resolve Clean Air Act violations, including selling gasoline and diesel fuel that did not conform to federal standards. The violations resulted in excess emissions of harmful air pollutants from motor vehicles, which pose public health threats and environmental impacts. The companies will pay a $900,000 penalty to resolve these violations.
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Dysfunctional Drones Underscore Mission Mess at Homeland Security 21.1.2015 Truthout.com
A new report confirms that the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection program is not clear about its mission, lacks any clear and pragmatic definition of what constitutes a secure border and cannot set realistic performance goals to measure its effectiveness.   (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are committed to more drone surveillance of US borders. Over the past year, the president has called for emergency supplemental funding for DHS to fund a "sustained border security surge," including new funding for border drones. Johnson specified that deployment of Predator drones over the Southwest border is key to his new "border security initiative, which he calls the Southern Border and Approaches Campaign. Before joining DHS last year, Johnson served successively as general counsel for the Air Force and Department of Defense (2009-2013). As the chief DOD legal counsel, Johnson formulated the legal justification for ...
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