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  • EPA to Seek A 30% Cut In Emissions [by 2030]

    06/01/2014 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 01 June 2014 | Amy Harder
    The Environmental Protection Agency will seek a 30% reduction in U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030 from existing power plants based on emission levels from 2005, according to two people briefed on the rule, setting in motion the main piece of President Barack Obama's climate-change agenda. The draft rule, to be proposed Monday and scheduled to be completed one year from now, will give flexibility to the states, which must implement the rules and submit compliance plans to the EPA by June 2016. States can decide how to meet the reductions, including joining or creating new cap-and-trade programs, deploying more renewable...
  • EPA Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules

    04/13/2014 6:58:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 4/11/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Seven months after being subpoenaed by Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy conceded that her agency does not have - and cannot produce - all of the scientific data used for decades to justify numerous rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act.
  • Obama's EPA Conducts Dangerous Human Experiments

    04/07/2014 3:25:58 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Faily ^ | Apeil 7, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Mad Science: The Environmental Protection Agency has been deliberately exposing people — including children — with asthma and other health issues to pollution to justify ever-more-stringent air quality standards. 'Improvements to EPA Policies and Guidance Could Enhance Protection of Human Study Subjects," released by the EPA's Office of Inspector General on March 31, confirms that the agency "exposed 81 human study subjects to concentrated airborne particles or diesel exhaust emissions in five EPA studies conducted during 2010 and 2011." According to the report, obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, the human subjects, said to have given their "informed consent,"...
  • Bags of Mountain Air Offered in Smog-Addled Chinese City

    04/01/2014 12:39:18 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Mar 31, 2014 | No Attribution
    Proving that China’s fight against pollution has moved decisively into the realm of parody, bags containing mountain air were shipped into one particularly smog-addled city over the weekend. No, it wasn’t a scene from Spaceballs. According to the organizer, a Henan-based travel company, 20 bright blue bags of air were shipped to Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan province, as a special treat for residents. The air originated from Laojun Mountain, some 120 miles away from the city, and was brought as part of a promotional gimmick to show oxygen-deprived city residents what they’re missing.
  • Clean Air Act: EPA'S Charade To Justify War On Coal Plants

    01/16/2014 10:27:10 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/14/2014 | Larry Bell
    The Environmental Protection Agency didn’t let a Clean Air Act requirement that mandated technologies be “adequately demonstrated” hinder their new performance standards ruling that puts a 1,100-pound limit per megawatt hour on carbon emissions from new coal power plants. Not only is there no scientifically-supportable climate benefit for limiting such emissions, there is no viable commercial-scale technology to achieve that ideological pipedream. Even if it mattered, the most modern coal-fired plants can only reduce CO2 emissions to 1,800 pounds. What’s more, they already knew that. Or at least they certainly should have after a fact-finding working group within EPA’s own...
  • $4.5M Fed Study: 'Effects of Climate Change on Indoor Air

    11/25/2013 8:18:20 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 11/15/2013 | Penny Starr
    The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking non-profit organizations to conduct “research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects.” The total funding for the grants, announced on Oct. 25, is $4.5 million and applicants have until Jan. 23, 2014 to submit proposals.
  • POLITICO poll: Plurality of Virginians favors EPA climate rule

    10/08/2013 7:08:17 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 37 replies
    http://www.politico.com ^ | 10/7/2013 | By ANDREW RESTUCCIA
    GOP efforts to demonize the EPA’s climate change regulations haven’t found a groundswell of support in Virginia, where voters are more likely to favor the rules than oppose them, according to a new poll commissioned by POLITICO. The poll, conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and the Republican firm Harper Polling using automated survey methodology, found that 45 percent of likely voters support new EPA climate regulations for coal-fired power plants, an issue that has become a flashpoint in the Virginia governor’s race. Thirty-three percent of likely voters say they oppose the regulations and 22 percent aren’t sure.
  • Wood Stove Ban Made Universal

    10/02/2013 2:10:04 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 248 replies
    http://freepatriot.org ^ | September 30, 2013
    For many years, those of us in the Arctic have been fighting the wood stove ban. The use of PM2.5 particulates has been an issue pursued by local agencies as a way to swipe at those who choose to live beyond the borders of traditional civilization. That attack has now extended to the rest of the United States. In a stunning move, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to ban most of the operational wood stoves in the U.S. In those places where there is you, God, and nature, the wood stove has represented that one thing that can sustain. Going...
  • Bloomberg: NYC air quality cleanest in decades

    09/26/2013 8:37:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2013 6:28 PM EDT | Deepti Hajela
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday said the city’s air quality has hit its highest levels in 50 years, a development officials say has led to fewer deaths and hospitalizations. … Bloomberg said the level of sulfur dioxide in the air has gone down by 69 percent since 2008. The level of soot pollution has gone down by 23 percent since 2007. The data comes from the city’s Community Air Survey, which measured street level air pollution at 150 locations from 2008 to 2010 and at 100 sites from 2010 to 2013. …
  • Report: EPA-funded group misleads public, government agencies

    10/23/2012 12:42:54 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    daily caller ^ | 10/23/2012 | Michael Bastasch
    An EPA-funded environmental group has been disseminating misleading data about refineries to make them appear to be more dangerous than they actually are in order to invite federal intervention, according to a report to be released early this week. The Environmental Protection Agency has been bankrolling a project by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a state-based environmental group, called the Refinery Efficiency Initiative which has been presenting misleading information to the media and to regulators, according to a report by the Pelican Institute, a Louisiana-based think tank. “[The Louisiana Bucket Brigade] refinery transparency initiative bankrolled with taxpayer money has flooded the...
  • GRIFFITH RESPONDS TO NEW EPA RULE ON EMISSIONS (VA-9)

    07/07/2011 7:25:13 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 12 replies
    Office of Congressman Morgan Griffith ^ | July 7, 2011 | Congressman Morgan Griffith
    Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement today regarding the EPA’s finalized Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The rule requires 27 states in the eastern half of the United States to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from power plants. This rule impacts 3,642 electric generating units at 1,081 facilities: “Today’s release of the final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is yet another attack on American jobs by the EPA. If the EPA’s purpose under the Obama Administration is to create uncertainty in the economy, kill jobs, and increase electricity rates, then mission accomplished. “In Southwest Virginia, a...
  • What are America's Most Polluted Cities?

    05/07/2011 12:22:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | May 7, 2011 | MORGAN BRENNAN
    Remember the fog that lingered over Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympics? It wasn't fog. It was dirty air. Yes, China faces a world-class air quality problem. But before you get too smug about its smog, consider this: 154.5 million Americans, just over half the nation's population, live in areas where air pollution levels are often dangerous to breathe. That's according to the American Lung Association's (ALA) just-released report 2011 State of the Air. The cities ranked worst in air quality? California metros like Los Angeles, Visalia, Hanford and Fresno. Bakersfield, Calif., ranked the worst in terms of short-term and...
  • Feds Pay To Upgrade Mexican Trucks, US Trucks Not So Lucky

    04/12/2011 7:06:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | April 12, 2011 | Steve McGough
    A story broke yesterday concerning the retrofit of more than 100 trucks from Mexico that do not meet United States environmental standards. Our federal government is paying to upgrade these trucks, yet when the state of California and the EPA set new rules for US-owned trucks, they fine companies who do not comply. This post is not about the environment, it concerns how US trucking companies are treated by the federal and state government as compared to Mexican-owned rigs. From AzCentral.com. For air-quality regulators, the border creates a legal barrier. State and federal agencies can’t force vehicles manufactured and bought...
  • USA Scientists Want To Set Up Real-Time Air Monitoring System For Mobile And Baldwin Counties

    07/03/2010 2:00:06 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies
    Mobile Press-Register ^ | 7-3-2010 | Russ Henderson, Press-Register
    USA Scientists Want To Set Up Real-Time Air Monitoring System For Mobile And Baldwin Counties Published: Saturday, July 03, 2010, 8:10 AM Russ Henderson, Press-Register (Press-Register/G.M. Andrews)Dr. Doug Haywick of the University of South Alabama speaks during a forum titled "What's in the air: What we know, what we don't know, and what we need to know" Friday, July 2, 2010 at the the USA Baldwin County campus in Fairhope, Ala. FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- A group of four University of South Alabama scientists held a public forum Friday promoting their plan to do what they said no one else is...
  • The good news that went unreported on air quality (Our air has gotten cleaner over last 4 decades)

    03/15/2010 12:58:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 352+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2010 | Ed Morissey
    Last week, the EPA released its annual report on air quality trends … and no one noticed. Why? Unlike most environmental reports, this one didn’t contain dire warnings about the threat of disaster. In fact, as the Institute for Energy Research notes, the EPA discovered that our air has gotten progressively cleaner over the last four decades, and significantly so over the last twenty: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly released their annual report on air quality trends. You would never know it from picking up a newspaper or reading news websites, but the report contains great...
  • CA: Air quality district toughens up emission rules (more businesses to suffer, jobs to be lost)

    01/14/2010 8:49:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 389+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/14/10 | Peter Fimrite
    The owners of businesses that spew diesel fumes and other toxic gases will have to drastically cut emissions if they want to build, modify or expand their facilities, according to stringent new regulations announced Wednesday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The new permitting requirements, which were approved Jan. 6, will force some businesses to emit two to three times less pollution than what is currently allowed or move, said Ana Sandoval, the spokeswoman for the air quality district. The district conducts several hundred health risk screenings a year, the vast majority of which are for new or...
  • EPA proposes nation's strictest smog levels ever

    01/10/2010 5:24:41 PM PST · by EBH · 12 replies · 514+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | January 7, 2010 | By Tribune Washington Bureau and Seattle Times staff
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed the nation's strictest-ever smog limits, a move that could put King and Pierce counties — and possibly others in Washington — in violation of federal air-quality regulations along with large parts of the country. The EPA proposed reducing the allowable ground-level ozone concentration, measured over an eight-hour period, from 75 parts per billion to between 60 and 70. Ozone standards have been the center of a political and legal battle since spring 2008, when the EPA set a looser limit than what its scientific advisers had suggested and President George W. Bush personally...
  • EPA: New Air Pollution Standards Will Require Action From Hundreds More Jurisdictions

    01/09/2010 7:02:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 5 replies · 447+ views
    CNS News ^ | 1/8/2009 | Noaki Schwartz
    Los Angeles (AP) - Parts of the country that haven't worried about air pollution may soon be in the fight California has faced for decades: cleaning up smog. Stricter rules proposed Thursday by the Obama administration could more than double the number of counties across the country that are in violation of clean air standards. That would likely have a big impact on other parts of the nation since California already sets stringent standards for cars, ships and trucks. "This kind of levels the playing field," said Leo Kay, spokesman for the California Air Resources Control Board. "In California we've...
  • EPA replacing Bush smog limit with stricter rule

    01/07/2010 9:06:09 AM PST · by granite · 24 replies · 913+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/7/10 | LAT
    The Environmental Protection Agency will propose the nation's strictest-ever smog limits today, a move that would put Los Angeles, Chicago, their suburbs and much of the rest of the country in violation of federal air quality regulations. The Agency will propose allowing a ground-level ozone concentration of between 60 and 70 parts per billion, down from the 75 parts per billion standard adopted under President Bush in 2008. The proposed range was what scientists had recommended during the Bush administration. However, former President George W. Bush personally intervened and set the standard above what was advised after protests from electric...
  • Fires prohibited all Thanksgiving Day (Bay Area, California)

    11/26/2009 5:01:29 PM PST · by lowbridge · 37 replies · 1,562+ views
    www.mercurynews.com ^ | 11/25/09 | Pete Carey
    Forget about lighting up a crackling fire for your Thanksgiving dinner guests. A Spare the Air alert has been issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for the full 24 hours of the holiday. The ban covers Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa and southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano counties. The midnight-to-midnight alert bans the burning of wood, manufactured firedogs or any other solid fuel, indoors and outdoors.The daylong ban covers woodstoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices.
  • Groups petition feds to regulate feedlots under Clean Air Act

    10/03/2009 3:12:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies · 1,105+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | October 3, 2009 | AP
    TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- The Humane Society of the United States and other groups are petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to start regulating confined-animal feeding operations under the Clean Air Act. The groups submitted the 69-page petition late last month asking that emissions of hydrogen sulfide, ammonia and other gases be curbed. EPA spokesman Dave Ryan said the agency will review the petition and respond within 120 days. The EPA is wrapping up a study of emissions at 24 U.S. feedlots, but doesn't have enough information yet to decide whether confined-animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, need more regulation. "We...
  • EPA tells court it will redo Bush-era smog rule

    09/18/2009 7:55:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 636+ views
    Forbes ^ | 9/16/2009 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    The Obama administration signaled Wednesday that it would scrap a controversial Bush-era rule that set stricter limits for smog but fell short of scientific recommendations. In a notice filed Wednesday in a federal appeals court, the Justice Department says there are concerns that the revision made by the Bush administration does not adhere to federal air pollution law. The Environmental Protection Agency will propose revised smog standards to protect health and the environment in late December.
  • Methane Mystery: L.A. Emitting Twice as Much as Estimated

    07/29/2009 3:40:27 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 105 replies · 4,003+ views
    Discovery News via ENN ^ | July 27, 2009 08:50 AM | Michael Reilly, Discovery News
    The greater Los Angeles area is emitting more than double the amount of methane than previously estimated, according to a new study. A greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2), most man-made methane (CH4) emission comes from agriculture -- rice paddies, livestock, and biomass burning are all big contributors. As a result studies have largely ignored the methane coming from urban areas, and regulatory agencies have had to rely on guesswork to fill in the gaps. Debra Wunch of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and a team of researchers measured greenhouse gas emissions in the...
  • Housing complex owners vote to ban smoking

    07/20/2009 10:29:56 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 81 replies · 1,159+ views
    Leader-Telegram (WI) ^ | Julian Emerson
    It's not just indoor public places in Eau Claire where lighting up is prohibited. Now residents of a south side, owner-occupied housing complex will have to snuff out smoking in their homes, the most recent sign of public anti-smoking sentiment. Members of the Fairfax Parkside Homeowners Association on Wednesday voted to outlaw smoking inside residences that are part of the 34-unit development. The ban also prohibits smoking in shared spaces, such as porches and garages, but does allow it in yards and on patios. Of the 19 association members who voted on the issue, 15 favored the anti-smoking regulation proposed...
  • Kids' lower IQ scores linked to prenatal pollution

    07/20/2009 10:59:11 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 68 replies · 1,325+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 20, 2009
    CHICAGO -- Researchers for the first time have linked air pollution exposure before birth with lower IQ scores in childhood, bolstering evidence that smog may harm the developing brain. The results are in a study of 249 children of New York City women who wore backpack air monitors for 48 hours during the last few months of pregnancy. They lived in mostly low-income neighborhoods in northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. They had varying levels of exposure to typical kinds of urban air pollution, mostly from car, bus and truck exhaust.
  • Something Troubling is In the Air

    07/08/2009 10:44:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies · 1,302+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2009 | Ed Feulner
    You may want to think twice before taking your next deep breath. Every time you exhale, you’re supposedly endangering the planet -- by contributing to global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency says global warming poses a “serious threat to public health and safety.” That sets the stage for the EPA to regulate, through the Clean Air Act, almost anything that emits carbon dioxide. CO2, of course, is a naturally-occurring gas. It’s produced whenever a person breathes and, yes, whenever we use any sort of fossil fuel. Driving a car, mowing a lawn, boiling a cup of water, even flipping on...
  • California Digging (Its Own Financial Grave)

    07/01/2009 5:16:12 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 38 replies · 3,244+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | Juky 1, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Regulation: Ignoring the first rule of holes, a bankrupt state passing out IOUs welcomes an EPA waiver allowing it to further kill its economy. Too bad the state can't stop the air pollution imported from a growing China. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday granted California its long-standing request — denied by the Bush administration — for a waiver to allow it to impose even more stringent air pollution rules than currently required by the federal government.The way is now clear for implementation of a 2002 state law requiring new cars to increase their fuel economy 40% by 2016....
  • Report Shows Air Quality Improved During Bush Administration

    05/20/2009 7:46:06 AM PDT · by cups · 12 replies · 570+ views
    FoxNews ^ | James Osborne
    As the Obama administration considers further steps to fight air pollution, a recent report from a Washington think tank shows that air quality in the United States has improved significantly over the last decade. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research analyzed data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and concluded that levels of numerous gases linked with air pollution have fallen off since 2001.
  • EPA Nominee Suggests New CO2 Rules May Expose Small Emitters

    05/06/2009 8:39:00 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies · 2,490+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 6, 2009 | Ian Talley
    New federal greenhouse gas emission regulation could expose a raft of smaller emitters to litigation, a nominee for a key post in the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers Thursday. The potential for smaller emitters to be regulated under the Clean Air Act is one reason why business groups warn that EPA regulation of greenhouse gases could create a cascade of legal and regulatory challenges across a much broader array of sectors. The Obama administration has said that isn't their intent. Regina McCarthy, nominated to be EPA's Director of Air and Radiation, told lawmakers that even while the government has flexibility...
  • NASA: CLEAN AIR REGULATIONS CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING

    04/18/2009 8:52:14 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 10 replies · 701+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | April 18, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    What better source could you have than N.A.S.A. about a significant cause of "global warming" on the eve of "Earth Day 2009"? It is now official - clean air regulations have prevented sulfates (from coal and oil), which have a cooling effect, from entering the atmosphere. The sulfates are antagonists to the effects of black carbon from diesel and biofuel, which contribute to warming. Read below: Aerosols May Drive a Significant Portion of Arctic Warming - 04.08.09 http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/warming_aerosols.html Synopsis: Over the past three decades, the United States and European countries have passed a series of laws that have reduced sulfate...
  • Climate Policy Crash - The EPA is poised to regulate greenhouse gases without a legislative fix.

    01/27/2009 3:25:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 687+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 27, 2009 | Jonathan H. Adler
    January 27, 2009, 4:00 a.m. Climate Policy CrashThe EPA is poised to regulate greenhouse gases without a legislative fix. By Jonathan H. Adler Climate change remains at the top of President Obama’s agenda, current economic woes notwithstanding. Obama recently inveighed against energy sources that “threaten our planet,” and several of his early appointments—including Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, science adviser John Holdren, and White House energy czar Carol Browner—signal the importance of climate-change policy to this administration. During the campaign, Obama endorsed an 80-percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hopes to move...
  • Obama Inauguration Will Generate More than Half-Billion Pounds of CO2

    01/16/2009 6:12:37 PM PST · by melt · 16 replies · 603+ views
    businessand media.org ^ | 1/16/09 | Jeff Poor
    Here’s an environmental impact story you’re not likely to see in the mainstream media. Neither NBC’s chief environmental affair correspondent Anne Thompson, nor ABC correspondent Bill Blakemore nor CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley – all of whom have been eager over the years to expose so-called crimes against the environment – have rushed to report on the massive carbon footprint of the Obama inauguration. But a comprehensive new study by The Institute for Liberty (IFL) took an in-depth look at each component of the Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington, D.C., and estimated that 575 million pounds of carbon dioxide...
  • EPA Exempts Factory Farms From Emissions Reporting Rule [noxious gases caused by animal waste....]

    12/12/2008 2:25:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies · 347+ views
    EPA Exempts Factory Farms From Emissions Reporting Rule By STEPHEN POWER WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration exempted certain large factory farms from a requirement to report emissions of noxious gases caused by animal waste, angering environmentalists and delivering another policy victory to business interests before President-elect Barack Obama and his environmental team take office. Under a rule change announced Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency will allow so-called concentrated animal feeding operations -- large scale factory farms -- not to disclose to authorities when air emissions of hazardous substances like ammonia and hydrogen sulfide exceed certain levels when the source of...
  • Stop the EPA

    11/24/2008 7:17:19 AM PST · by ToddThurman · 8 replies · 579+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 11/24 | The Heritage Foundation
    The EPA believes a 1990 amendment to the Clean Air Act gave the agency the unchecked authority to centrally plan our entire economy. The Advanced Notice for Proposed Rulemaking the EPA released earlier this year envisions federal regulations that would bring heavy burdens to one-fifth of all food service businesses, a third of all health care businesses, half of the entire lodging industry, and even 10% of all buildings used for worship. The EPA even claims the power to set speed limits and regulate your lawnmower.
  • Nissan, Toyota locked in race to market zero-emission cars

    11/23/2008 9:30:28 AM PST · by NavVet · 97 replies · 1,556+ views
    Oregon Business News ^ | November 23, 2008 | Richard Reed
    While Detroit executives beg for bailouts, Japanese automakers speed through turns in a race whose winner could dominate the next generation of car sales.
  • California Air Pollution Kills More People Than Car Crashes, Study Shows

    11/15/2008 12:58:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 32 replies · 637+ views
    Chron.com ^ | Nov. 13, 2008 | Tracie Cone
    Lowering air pollution in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley would save more lives annually than ending all motor vehicle fatalities in the two regions, according to a new study. The study, which examined the costs of air pollution in two areas with the worst levels in the country, also said meeting federal ozone and fine particulate standards could save $28 billion annually in health care costs, school absences, missed work and lost income potential from premature deaths. The price tag amounts to $1,600 annually per person in the San Joaquin Valley and $1,250 in the South Coast Air...
  • US sharply tightens air quality standards for lead

    10/18/2008 4:43:36 AM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies · 633+ views
    AFP ^ | Oct 17, 2008 | Unknown
    > There are plans to boost the current 133 control stations around the country to more than 300, said EPA spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn, adding that by October 2011 the agency will designate areas that must take additional steps to reduce lead air emissions. States will then have five years to meet these new standards after designations take effect, the EPA said.
  • Rein in lead, EPA tells states

    10/17/2008 1:41:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 297+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 10/17/2008 | Jordan Lite
    For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tightened limits on lead emissions, a move that will require states to crack down on polluters that spew more than 1,300 tons of the metal annually. The new standards, announced by the agency yesterday, limit emissions to 0.15 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air (ug/m3). The previous standard, set in 1978, was 1.5 ug/m3. "America's air is cleaner than a generation ago," EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson said in a statement. "With these stronger standards, a new generation of Americans are being protected from harmful lead...
  • Seattle in violation of Clean Air Act

    08/18/2008 5:36:29 PM PDT · by NavyCanDo · 17 replies · 240+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 8-18-08 | ROBERT McCLURE
    Seattle is in violation of the Clean Air Act for the first time since the 1990s. Going over the legal limit for smog over the weekend means officials here will have to start hammering out a plan to improve air quality. That could feature a number of measures to put the brakes on pollution, including requiring reformulated, more expensive gasoline for the region. The final violation of the smog standard needed to push the Emerald City and the Puget Sound region into official violation of the act occurred Saturday afternoon, when a monitor at Enumclaw in south King County went...
  • CHANGE IN THE AIR-federal ban on ozone-depleting CFCs will affect those w/ asthma

    08/14/2008 5:21:35 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 11 replies · 239+ views
    ncpa.org ^ | August 14, 2008
    A federal ban on ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), to conform to the Clean Air Act, is, ironically, affecting 22.9 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma, says Scientific American. Generic inhaled albuterol -- the most commonly prescribed short-acting asthma medication that requires CFCs to propel it into the lungs -- will no longer be legally sold after December 21, 2008. As more patients see their prescriptions change and costs go up -- the reformulated brand-name alternatives can be three times as expensive, raising the cost to about $40 per inhaler -- many question why this ban must begin...
  • Minneapolis Motorists Restricted to Idling for 3 Minutes

    06/07/2008 10:45:14 AM PDT · by lesser_satan · 90 replies · 141+ views
    Fox9 News ^ | Saturday, 07 Jun 2008, 6:26 AM CDT
    MINNEAPOLIS -- A new ordinance in Minneapolis limits vehicle idling at three minutes. Mayor R.T. Rybak says the idea is to reduce air pollution. City Council member Sandy Colvin Roy says cars don't need more than one minute to warm up, even in the winter. The ordinance limits most vehicles idling to three minutes, except in traffic.
  • Minneapolis limits vehicle idling to 3 minutes

    06/08/2008 9:43:30 AM PDT · by badpacifist · 22 replies · 214+ views
    kstp 5 news ^ | 06/06/2008 05:38:29 PM | Nicole Muehlhausen, Web Producer
    The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak approved changes Friday, to the city’s vehicle idling ordinance that aims to reduce air pollution. The ordinance limits most vehicle idling to three minutes, except in traffic. "Most of the air pollution in Minneapolis comes from vehicles and cutting down in idling is one easy thing we can all do for our environment, our health, and the health of our neighbors," said Mayor R.T. Rybak. Vehicle motors release particulate matter, dirt, nitrous oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into the air. These chemicals are linked to increased rates of cancer, heart...
  • Kolkhorst seeks 'real' reforms to TTC plans

    05/31/2008 9:22:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 237+ views
    The Huntsville Item ^ | May 31, 2008 | The Huntsville Item
    State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst said it’s time for Texas transportation officials to talk about real reforms to address the public outrage over the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. The Brenham Republican’s reaction followed Thursday’s actions taken by the Texas Transportation Commission. The panel adopted a set of guiding principals and policies which will govern the development, construction and operation of all toll road projects on the state highway system and the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. Bob Colwell, Texas Department of Transportation public information officer for the Bryan district, said the adoption of the guidelines does not reflect the final approval of Interstate 69...
  • NY: State Proposes Ban on Open Burning

    05/11/2008 8:29:02 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 17 replies · 273+ views
    © 2008 Newport Television LLC ^ | Last Update: 5/08 7:44 am
    Albany, N.Y.- New York environmental officials have proposed a statewide ban on open burning, to reduce pollution and the risk of wildfires. Current rules exempt the state's 850 towns with fewer than 20,000 people. The Department of Environmental Conservation says burn barrels release 17 times more dioxin and 40 times more ash than permitted incinerators. The proposed ban would make some exceptions, including small campfires and cooking fires, ceremonial fires and certain types of agricultural waste burning. The DEC has scheduled seven public hearings across the state between June 23 and July 2.
  • Air Pollution Impedes Bees' Ability to Find Flowers (crop pollenation problems)

    05/05/2008 5:40:20 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 22 replies · 78+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 5, 2008 | Juliet Eilperin
    Air pollution interferes with the ability of bees and other insects to follow the scent of flowers to their source, undermining the essential process of pollination, a study by three University of Virginia researchers suggests. Their findings may help unlock part of the mystery surrounding the current pollination crisis that is affecting a wide variety of crops. [...] This phenomenon triggers a cycle, the authors noted, in which the pollinators have trouble finding sufficient food, and as a result their populations decline. That, in turn, translates into decreased pollination and keeps flowering plants, including many fruits and vegetables, from proliferating....
  • McLennan County awaiting plans for Trans Texas Corridor

    04/09/2008 5:10:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 420+ views
    The Lariat Online (Baylor University) ^ | April 9, 2008 | Victoria Mgbemena
    As the state's population continues to grow in its urban centers, expansion plans for the highway system continue to be the focus for transportation improvements. The Trans Texas Corridor proposal is aimed to alleviate traffic congestion, improve air quality and provide safer traveling for drivers, among other goals. In 2002, Texas Governor Rick Perry released the plan to create the passageway, which spans northeast from Laredo to Oklahoma and is set to total 4,000 miles in the next 50 years. The $140 billion project calls for the incorporation of new toll roads, commuter railways, power lines and gas pipelines, while...
  • CA: Supervisors OK Kern ethanol plant despite air quality concerns

    03/26/2008 1:35:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 460+ views
    Kern County supervisors have approved plans to build a corn-powered ethanol plant north of Bakersfield. The project from Cilion Inc., approved Tuesday night, is slated to generate as many as 55 million gallons of the fuel additive each year. Environmental justice advocates rallied against the project, saying it would pump out nitrous oxide emissions that would worsen air quality in the polluted San Joaquin Valley. Planners say the project's value to the community trumps the environmental concerns. Two weeks ago, Hanford city leaders approved another ethanol plant to be based in Kings County, but agreed to pay a $1 million...
  • Three South Texas highways to be interstates

    03/23/2008 4:49:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 22, 2008 | Jackie Leatherman
    South Texas is not only going to get its first interstate - it is also going to get a second and a third. State transportation officials knew one of three southern highways - U.S. Highway 281 in Hidalgo County, U.S. Highway 77 in Cameron County or U.S. Highway 59 in Webb County - would eventually become part of an interstate stretching from the Texas-Mexico border to Texarkana, in the northeast part of the state. Only Webb County is currently served by an interstate. The state's Trans-Texas Corridor plan calls for an Interstate 69 extension linking South Texas to points north,...
  • Taxes or Tolls on the TTC

    02/25/2008 5:18:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 281+ views
    Gather.com ^ | February 25, 2008 | Col. George W.
    One major concern I discussed a few weeks ago regarding the Trans Texas Corridor is where the land will come from. Another concern is where the money will come from. Official government websites for the TTC assure that public-private partnerships will shield the taxpayer from bearing too much of the cost burden, but a careful reading shows the door is definitely open to public funding sources, while at the same time there is no doubt of the intention to charge tolls on the road. Taxpayers already pay for their transportation system through hefty gasoline taxes, vehicle registration fees, and other...
  • EPA's move to regulate mercury emissions rejected

    02/08/2008 3:11:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 83+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/8/08 | Judy Pasternak
    WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court today struck down a market-based effort by the Bush administration to regulate emissions of mercury from coal- and oil-fired power plants, agreeing with critics that the Environmental Protection Agency had violated the Clean Air Act when it established the rule. A coalition of environmental groups and 17 states, California among them, challenged the policy, which was slated to take effect in 2010. The EPA had planned to establish a mandatory national cap on mercury emissions and then allow power plants that fail to meet their targets to buy credits from less-polluting plants. Environmentalists have...