Post Tagged with: "air pollution"

‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned
Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned

EAST LIVERPOOL — “Nearly 400 miles southeast of Chicago, environmental regulators have spent the past 18 years scrutinizing the quality of air in a small city on the banks of the Ohio River. Since 1999, the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies have monitored air quality at three locations in […]

After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese

CHICAGO, IL — “They thought it was over when the black dust went away. For decades, residents on Chicago’s Far Southeast Side complained about thick clouds of black dust blowing across their neighborhoods, through their windows and even into their mouths. The dust came from uncovered piles of coal and petroleum coke, […]

Credit: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times
Research & Reports

The connection between cleaner air and longer lives

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “Back in 1970, Los Angeles was known as the smog capital of the world — a notorious example of industrialization largely unfettered by regard for health or the environment. Heavy pollution drove up respiratory and heart problems and shortened lives. But 1970 was also the […]

Rare discrimination finding by EPA civil-rights office
Environmental Justice

Rare discrimination finding by EPA civil-rights office

Michigan regulators treated African American residents unfairly during the permitting of a power plant in Flint, feds say FLINT, MI — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s civil-rights office has made a rare finding of discrimination, saying the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality treated African American residents of Flint unfairly during […]

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

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 […]

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