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Federal Court Strikes Down Trump Coal Power Plant Rule

‘Major Win for the Planet’ “This decision frees up the new Biden administration to begin working immediately on the science-based greenhouse pollution rules we desperately need to make up for lost time.” by Andrea Germanos, staff…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Wild Fire

Wildfire smoke changes dramatically as it ages, and that matters for downwind air quality – here’s what we learned flying through smoke plumes

Wildfire smoke is far more complex and dynamic than meets the eye. It contains thousands of different compounds, most of which are molecules containing various amounts of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen atoms. by Brett B….

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Common Dreams Environment Pesticides Toxic Chemicals

Critics say deregulatory rush shows even if defeated the Trump White House willing to ‘Scorch the earth before they go’

From bomb trains to biometrics to workers’ rights, the administration is pushing for last-minute rollbacks that could prove hard for its successor to overturn. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Sunday, October 18 With President Donald Trump’s…

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Posted in Air Polution Common Dreams Energy Fracking News Radiation

Harvard study finds elevated airborne radiation levels downwind of US fracking sites

“If you asked me to go and live downwind [of fracking sites], I would not go,” said the lead author of the new study. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 A study released Tuesday…

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Posted in Air Polution Climate change Common Dreams EPA Methane News

Methane ruling seen as ominous sign with Barrett poised to join Supreme Court

The judge delivered a “puzzling and unsupported conclusion that the Bureau of Land Management can’t limit methane waste because that would reduce greenhouse gas pollution.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, October 9 A federal court’s…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Environment Toxic Chemicals Wild Fire

Wildfire smoke is laced with toxic chemicals – here’s how they got there

Wildfire smoke turned the San Francisco sky orange in the middle of the day in early September. Ray Chavez/Medianews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images by Joshua S. Fu, University of Tennessee When you breathe in…

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A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Coalition of state and local governments sues EPA To block Trump’s gutting of methane regulation

“We need leaders who step up and propose solutions. Instead, we get President Trump’s version of the EPA.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer A coalition of 19 states and six municipalities Monday sued the Environmental Protection…

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A protester is seen holding a placard during a climate change demonstration. (Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Air Polution Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Toxic Chemicals

Investors who manage $47 trillion pressure top polluters to pursue transition to net-zero emissions

“Companies across all sectors need to take more ambitious action to ensure otherwise devastating impacts of climate change are avoided while they still can be.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, September 14 As historic, climate…

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A refining plant in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. New research indicates that industrial air pollution may explain the disproportionate rate of coronavirus deaths in West Baton Rouge and other parishes in the state’s chemical corridor. (Patrick Dennis/The Times-Picayune and The Advocate)
Posted in Air Polution Analysis Coronavirus Environment Pro Publica Toxic Chemicals

New research shows disproportionate rate of coronavirus deaths in polluted areas

The type of pollution emitted by many chemical plants in Louisiana’s industrial corridor is correlated with increased coronavirus deaths, according to new peer-reviewed research from SUNY and ProPublica. by Lylla Younes, ProPublica, and Sara Sneath The…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation Wild Fire

What’s in that wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

The health impact of wildfire exposure depends in part on on the fire itself and how much smoke a person breathes in, how often and for how long. by  Luke Montrose, Boise State University If I…

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A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Posted in Air Polution Climate change Common Dreams News

Judge blocks Trump attempt to gut methane restrictions

“The judge basically rejected every attempt by the Trump administration to gut these common-sense waste prevention measures on behalf of their oil and gas industry cronies.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, July 16 Green groups…

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Posted in Air Polution Coronavirus EPA News The Conversation

EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard

Diesel emissions are a major source of fine particle pollution by H. Christopher Frey, North Carolina State University May 1, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown have temporarily produced clearer skies across the U.S. Meanwhile,…

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Kern Oil and Refining Co.'s facility in Bakersfield faces legal and regulatory challenges as well as public backlash over toxic air emissions. (Jeremy P. Jacobs/E&E News)
Posted in Air Polution Environment

Fears of toxic pollution are growing in California’s oil hub.

Anger over air quality By Jeremy P. Jacobs / E&E News Third in the “Toxic Zones” series, which explores life in the communities around America’s oil refineries. This series is a collaboration between E&E News and…

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Posted in Air Polution Coronavirus Health News

EPA moves to allow more PM 2.5 particulate emissions

EPA particulate matter decision puts science, health aside to protect polluters Meteor Staff from press releases April 14, 2020 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would not strengthen standards for particulate matter pollution…

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