Colorado Determined to Clear Its Air

Colorado Determined to Clear Its Air

Last summer, prior to the election for Governor in Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted the state an extension to meet the National Air Quality Standards — claiming that rapid growth was making it too difficult to come back into compliance.  Yesterday, the new Governor revoked the request and has pledged to move aggressively to get ozone air pollution under control. 

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Deer Park residents on edge after officials failed to warn them about petrochem fire health hazards

Deer Park residents on edge after officials failed to warn them about petrochem fire health hazards

Last week after a chemical explosion in Deer Park, Texas sent a plume of black smoke into the air, officials assured residents that the city had things under control. Over the weekend, however, a shelter-in-place order was issued for Deer Park residents due to concerns about air pollution from the massive fire. Making matters worse, […]

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A rare bipartisan effort to stop weakening of mercury regulations

A rare bipartisan effort to stop weakening of mercury regulations

a bipartisan group of senators wrote a letter to newly appointed EPA administrator (and former coal lobbyist) Andrew Wheeler urging that the agency withdraw December’s proposed MATS rollback rule.

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New study reveals white Americans cause air pollution, minorities suffer the consequences

New study reveals white Americans cause air pollution, minorities suffer the consequences

The burden of air pollution is not evenly shared, according to the American Lung Association, poorer people and some racial and ethnic groups are among those who often face higher exposure to pollutants and who may experience greater responses to such pollution. Now a new study published this week in the journal PNAS found that […]

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Moms who mobilize for the planet

Moms who mobilize for the planet

Moms have emerged as serious activists on the front lines of air pollution, climate change, and environmental health and safety. Groups like the Mom’s Clean Air Force have rallied their members across the nation to crack down on everything from dirty oil refineries in New Jersey, to protesting the nomination of EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, […]

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Coal dust causes black snow in Russia

Coal dust causes black snow in Russia

As CBS News reported, a pall of eerie black snow has covered several towns in the Siberian region of Kuzbass, which is home to 2.6 million people and one of the world’s largest coal fields. According to the Guardian and the Siberian Times, the snow is tainted with toxic black coal dust that was released into the air from open coal pits and improperly maintained factories in the region.

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