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  • Court upholds Calif. air regulator's pollution fee (9th Circus says cough it up, home builders)

    12/07/2010 4:50:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    AP on ^ | 12/7/10 | Garance Burke - ap
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that air quality regulators in California's smog-laden San Joaquin Valley have the right to charge home builders a fee to control their pollution emissions. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the local air district's rule requiring developers to reduce emissions from new housing projects by building features like bicycle lanes and energy-efficient cooling systems. If they don't do enough to preserve air quality, they must pay fees that have averaged about $500 per house. The valley, stretching 240 miles from Stockton...
  • So You want to open a business in California?

    11/24/2010 1:28:10 PM PST · by marsh2 · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/23/21010 | humboldtnative707
    This is a satire on trying to open a trucking business in CA.
  • CVS fined for dumping chemicals and drugs (Connecticut)

    11/24/2010 10:07:57 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | November 24, 2010 | David Krechevsky
    CVS Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $270,000 in penalties for improperly dumping photo-processing chemicals and drugs into wastewater at many of its nearly 140 stores in Connecticut, including locations in Southbury and New Canaan. According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS and its subsidiary, Connecticut CVS Pharmacy LLC, agreed to a settlement that includes paying $223,900 to the state's General Fund and $45,000 to a project to study ways to reduce storm water in sewer systems in Bridgeport and New Haven. The company also agreed to make improvements in its environmental practices. According to DEP...
  • Gore Says Tea Party “Off-Side” on Climate Issue

    10/31/2010 12:32:31 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 30 October 2010 | John Semmens
    Arguing that “global climate is my ‘political football,’” former Vice-President Al Gore complained that “Tea Party attempts to use this issue for their own political advantage is an off-side penalty.” Alleging that “I could’ve been bitter when the presidency was stolen from me, but I picked myself up and invented a new career crusading for a cleaner planet,” Gore said. “Now, Tea Partiers are invading my spaceand stirring up skepticism about my message—all for their own selfish interests.” Gore sought to link Tea Party skepticism with the “fossil fuel lobby.” “Virtually every one of the members of the Tea Party...
  • New Tactic in California for Paying Pollution Bill

    10/17/2010 7:46:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2010 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    Officials who have tried and failed to clean the air in California’s smog-filled San Joaquin Valley have seized on a new strategy: getting millions of drivers to shoulder more of the cost. Faced with a fine of at least $29 million for exceeding federal ozone limits, the San Joaquin Valley’s air quality regulators are proposing an annual surcharge of $10 to $24 on registration fees for the region’s 2.7 million cars and trucks beginning next year. A decision is expected when the governing board meets on Thursday. Although the surcharge is not expected to change how much people drive or...
  • 5 ethanol plants cited for pollution

    10/12/2010 7:41:51 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    wahpeton daily news ^ | 10-12-10 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The push to produce more ethanol in Minnesota has come with a cost to the environment. Five ethanol plants in Minnesota have paid nearly $3 million in the past year for violating air and water quality standards. For example, Buffalo Lake Energy in Fairmont was fined for producing ethanol without a wastewater treatment system permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Another plant illegally discharged wastewater into a creek. Several have failed to regularly monitor emissions and discharges.
  • California Board Reportedly Overestimated Pollution by 340 Percent to Pass Landmark Air Standards

    10/10/2010 4:45:04 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/10
    California regulators reportedly are planning to significantly weaken the state’s landmark clean air standards after discovering they miscalculated pollution levels by 340 percent. The estimate played a vital role in the creation of 2007 regulation that forced businesses to make costly upgrades to off-road vehicles with diesel engines in order to cut diesel emissions, the San Franciso Chronicle reported. The California Air Resources Board announced on Thursday a proposal that would delay the deadline to meet the requirements until 2014 and exempt more vehicles. The Chronicle says the announcement was made just as the paper was preparing to publish its...
  • Tourism Resorts and Oil Exploration in the Caspian Sea

    10/07/2010 3:00:17 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Global Intelligence Report ^ | 06/10/2010 | Gregory Copley
    SITUATION: One indirect consequence of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the impact it may have on the financing of the many tourism projects that have sprouted along the Caspian Sea. Bordered clockwise from the North by Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia, the Caspian Sea is one of the largest bodies of water and an object of strategic ambitions. Though the global financial crisis put may grandiose Caspian Sea tourism projects on hold, some of them are coming back to life, but investors should be alert to tourism trends, corruption, and unanswered questions about demand and potential profit....
  • s Carbon Dioxide a Pollutant? (Vanity)

    09/28/2010 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 14 replies
    if so, will the environmentalists follow suit and stop breathing? lol
  • Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass

    09/21/2010 8:39:16 AM PDT · by Gordon Pym · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-21-2010 | Jim Ostroff
    Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass The generation gap is a growing, long-term headache for automakers. Buzz Up! By Jim Ostroff Selling cars to young adults under 30 is proving to be a real challenge for automakers. Unlike their elders, Generation Yers own fewer cars and don’t drive much. They’re likely to see autos as a source of pollution, not as a sex or status symbol. Motorists aged 21 to 30 now account for 14% of miles driven, down from 21% in 1995. They’re more apt to ride mass transit to work and use car sharing services -- pioneered by...
  • Education, The Key To Curbing Pollution & Poverty

    09/19/2010 11:33:49 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-19-10 | Skookum
    Photo by youngsixtas One of our readers, James Raider, left a significant commentary that haunted me all through work yesterday. The discussion centered around the Great Hoax, "Global Warming" and how the Obama Administration is repackaging the idea as Global Climate Disturbance to try and trick the public into falling for a new myth. While we get bombarded by pleadings for money to send food to various corners of the globe, the challenge which should be addressed more effectively is how to get “Education” to these impoverished places. You never see any ads pleading for your cash to send...
  • Moscow Deaths Now 700 a Day as City Chokes in Smog.....

    08/12/2010 8:48:15 PM PDT · by TaraP · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 12th, 2010
    Deaths in Moscow have doubled to an average of 700 people a day as the Russian capital is engulfed by poisonous smog from wildfires and a sweltering heat wave, a top health official said Monday. Moscow health chief Andrei Seltsovky blamed weeks of unprecedented heat and suffocating smog for the rise in mortality compared to the same time last year, Russian news agencies reported. He said city morgues were nearly overflowing, filled with 1,300 bodies, close to their capacity. Acrid smog blanketed Moscow for a six straight day Monday, with concentrations of carbon monoxide and other poisonous substances two to...
  • Pollution makes quarter of China water unusable-ministry

    07/26/2010 8:15:37 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 5 replies · 2+ views
    reuters ^ | 7/26/2010 | reuters
    " Inspectors from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection tested water samples from the country's major rivers and lakes in the first half of the year and declared just 49.3 percent to be safe for drinking, up from 48 percent last year, the ministry said in a notice posted on its website ( China classifies its water supplies using six grades, with the first three grades considered safe for drinking and bathing. Another 26.4 percent was said to be categories IV and V -- fit only for use in industry and agriculture -- leaving a total of 24.3 percent in category...
  • BP Dumping Oil Waste in Mississippi Landfill Despite Objections of County Leaders

    07/08/2010 4:43:20 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    WLOX TV - Biloxi ^ | July 8, 2010 | WLOX TV
    Despite literally MILLIONS of ideas being floated by private citizens, non-profit groups, and foreign countries on how to clean up and contain the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, BP decided they would rather fill American landfills with their mess. BP refuses to even consider ideas on how to handle the situation, many of which have been proven to be effective and successful. Harrison County leaders do not approve but BP is still dumping in local landfills and local residents and officials are preparing subpoenas demanding BP appear before their Harrison County Board of Supervisors. Special Thanks to TyneRoseMedia for the...
  • Cleaning up organic pollutants

    07/02/2010 10:45:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Highlights in Chemical Technology ^ | 01 July 2010 | Russell Johnson
    Cleaning up the environment after chemical spills could be made easier thanks to Argentinean scientists who have developed a material that encapsulates pollutant-destroying microorganisms inside it. Removing organic pollutants from water after a chemical leak or cleaning up industrial waste water remains a challenge. One solution is to use microorganisms to break up organic pollutants, however, this risks releasing foreign or genetically modified organisms into the environment. These microorganisms can rapidly grow, deplete vital nutrients and cause further damage. Now, Sara Bilmes and colleagues at the University of Bunenos Aires, have developed a material that could help break up organic pollutants...

    07/01/2010 6:44:11 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies ^ | 07/01/2010 | Staff
    Public Health Advocates Urge TCEQ to Protect Public Health and Bring Pollution Program Up to Federal Standards. AUSTIN, TX -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally disapproved the “flexible permitting” rules that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) uses to administer the state’s air quality program. In the last few months, EPA has requested that three Texas facilities receive their permit from the federal government due to the agency’s objection to Texas’ permitting process. “Texans deserve the same clean air protection as citizens of every other state, and TCEQ’s flexible permitting program has been denying all of us...
  • Maybe Sen. Lindsey Graham is confused, instead of just dense (MCLAME'S LAP DOG ALERT)

    06/13/2010 7:15:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 657+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2010-06-11 | Mark Tapscott
    Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, got lots of well-deserved grief during the 2004 presidential race for saying he actually voted for the War in Iraq before he voted against it. But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, appears determined to give Kerry a real run as the Senate's champion flip-flopper. Last fall, I described the South Carolina GOPer as the densest Republican in the Senate because "he thinks he's brokering a bipartisan deal on cap-and-trade. What he's really doing is pulling the Democrats' fat out of the fire on the issue." That deal didn't go anywhere, but more recently some sort of anti-global...
  • Gulf Coast States Tally Oil Spill Illnesses

    06/11/2010 1:52:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 285+ views
    News Inferno ^ | June 10, 2010
    With no end in site to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, concerns about its potential health effects are mounting. Already, states along the Gulf Coast are increasing efforts to track symptoms among the public that might be related to exposure to oil fumes and chemical dispersants. According to CNN, health officials in Louisiana are aware of 71 cases of oil spill-related illness. Fifty involved workers on oil rigs or people who participated in cleanup efforts, and 21 reports of illness came from the general public. Reported symptoms include throat irritation, cough, chest pain, headaches, and shortness of breath. Eight of...
  • BP dumps mercury in Lake (Michigan)

    06/07/2010 8:14:00 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies · 82+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 27, 2007 | Michael Hawthorne
    Although the federal government ordered states more than a decade ago to dramatically limit mercury discharges into the Great Lakes, the BP refinery in northwest Indiana will be allowed to continue pouring small amounts (2 lbs of mercury/year is small?) of the toxic metal into Lake Michigan for at least another five years.A little-noticed exemption in BP's controversial new state water permit gives the oil company until 2012 to meet strict federal limits on mercury discharges. In documents, Indiana regulators predict the refinery won't be able to comply and will ask to continue polluting after that date. Federal records analyzed...
  • Speaker Says Gulf Oil Spill Really Bush’s Fault

    05/31/2010 11:05:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies · 697+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 31 May 2010 | John Semmens
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) insisted that the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from the British Petroleum (BP) drilling site shouldn’t be blamed on President Obama or the Democrats. Former President Bush is the one she says we should hold accountable. “We Democrats have been consistently against oil in all its nefarious manifestations,” Pelosi said. “We are against its use to fuel the automobiles that congest our highways. We are against the drilling that despoils our environment. If we had our way oil would cease to exist.” Pelosi dismissed the connection between BP’s political donations and the actions...