Post Tagged with: "air pollution"

Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants
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Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants

BALTIMORE, MD — “Maryland environmental regulators are asking their federal counterparts to crack down on 19 coal plants in five other states whose emissions — carried hundreds of miles by the wind — make the air here unhealthy to breathe on hot summer days. The plants have spent billions of […]

Eight Mile residents hold a rally before a protest march in downtown Mobile. (Julie Dermansky for DeSmogBlog)
Good Neighbor Campaigns

‘We cannot breathe:’ A poor Alabama town has lived with the rotten egg stench of gas for 8 years

EIGHT MILE, AL — “When methane started leaking out of a well at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility outside Los Angeles last October, noxious fumes blanketed the nearby Porter Ranch neighborhood for months. Residents complained of nausea, nosebleeds and vomiting; more than 8,000 families were forced out of […]

A Cheshire, OH resident sits on her porch to talk about the town’s buyout. Credit: Katherine Patterson/Chicken & Egg Pictures
AEP / Utilities

Documentary examines life in Cheshire after AEP buyout

CHESHIRE — “The story of a small town along the Ohio River being bought out by a large electric utility is now being told on the big screen. The documentary examines the buyout and the residents effected by pollution. The film is aptly titled ‘Cheshire, Ohio‘ and it explores what’s […]

Fine particles — toxic specks that research has linked to a variety of ills, including shorter lifespans — aren’t evenly concentrated across the country. Vanderburgh in southwest Indiana has higher levels than nearly 90 percent of U.S. counties with air-monitoring data for 2013 to 2015, according to average annual figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the country, colored in gray in the map above, does not have monitoring data for particles. But efforts to estimate particles for all counties using satellite data have shown similar trends for southwest Indiana.
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Clean Power Plan / Research & Reports

Americas super polluters

EVANSVILLE, IN — “To see one of the country’s largest coal-fired power plants, head northwest from this Ohio River city. Or east, because there’s another in the region. In fact, nearly every direction you go will take you to a coal plant — seven within 30 miles. Collectively they pump […]

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Research & Reports

Exploring links between trees and air quality

CLEVELAND — “Using computer mapping and mathematical modeling, U.S. Forest Service scientist David Nowak, PhD, helped develop a tool that quantified the role ‘trees’ played in cleaning the air in 2010. Nowak says, ‘Overall forests in the U.S. removed 17 million tons of pollution. Pollutants go to the interior of […]

Fighting Obama’s Climate Plan, but quietly preparing to comply
Clean Power Plan

Fighting Obama’s Climate Plan, but quietly preparing to comply

CHEYENNE, WY — Matt Mead, the governor of Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, fiercely opposes President Obama’s climate change regulations, which could shutter hundreds of coal plants and deeply wound his state, one of 27 that are suing to block the plan. Nevertheless, Mr. Mead, a Republican, has ordered […]

Study links 6.5 million deaths each year to air pollution
Coal / Energy

Study links 6.5 million deaths each year to air pollution

PARIS, FRANCE — “A sobering report released on Monday by the International Energy Agency says air pollution has become a major public health crisis leading to around 6.5 million deaths each year, with ‘many of its root causes and cures’ found in the energy industry. The air pollution study is […]

Air Pollution: EPA doubles down on mercury rule; more litigation likely
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Air Pollution: EPA doubles down on mercury rule; more litigation likely

WASHINGTON, DC — “U.S. EPA today stood by its plan to cut power plant mercury emissions, reaffirming an earlier conclusion that it made the right decision under the Clean Air Act to regulate releases of the toxic metal and other hazardous air pollutants. That determination ‘is particularly well-founded in light […]

Tell the EPA to look at the FULL picture of toxic risks
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Tell the EPA to look at the FULL picture of toxic risks

Every day, millions of Americans are exposed to toxic chemicals from multiple polluters near their neighborhoods. From Cleveland to Marietta to Cincinnati, Ohioans are exposed, for example, to heavy metals like lead from several different facilities, each with its own lead limits, based on a human exposure assessment. Science and […]

Supreme Court ruling on Clean Power Plan doesn’t halt EPA action or change timeline
Clean Power Plan

Supreme Court ruling on Clean Power Plan doesn’t halt EPA action or change timeline

WASHINGTON, DC — “Last month, the Supreme Court unexpectedly issued a “stay” of the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s efforts to mitigate climate change. This decision unquestionably bars the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing any of the rule’s requirements until the lawsuits against it are […]