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This map from U.S. EPA shows monitoring sites for criteria pollutants. Map courtesy U.S. EPA.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Air pollution: Oil and gas boom, budget woes strain EPA’s monitoring network

WASHINGTON, DC — “Utah physician Brian Moench is worried. There’s only anecdotal evidence so far, but Moench maintains that oil and gas drilling in the Uinta Basin that straddles Utah and Colorado is almost certainly causing health problems for residents, including increased infant mortality. ‘If you’re going to expose a […]

Soot patrol
Coal / Energy

Soot patrol

AKRON — “When Congress approved and then renewed the Clean Air Act, it placed the priority on public health. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has the job of ensuring the law fulfills its purpose. Thus, armed with scientific studies and court rulings, the agency announced last week a new standard […]

EPA to tighten soot rules by 20 percent
Energy

EPA to tighten soot rules by 20 percent

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency will tighten the nation’s soot standardsby 20 percent Friday, a move that will force communities across the country to improve air quality by the end of the decade while making it harder for some industries to expand operations without strict pollution controls. The […]

US EPA seeks rehearing of DC Circuit panel ruling against Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Coal / Energy

US EPA seeks rehearing of DC Circuit panel ruling against Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

WASHINGTON, DC — “The US Environmental Protection Agency on Friday asked a federal court to rehear its case for the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule after a three-judge panel this summer issued a split decision vacating the regulation, which is aimed at cutting interstate emissions from coal-fired power plants. The EPA […]

Study on East Liverpool, surrounding area’s children has alarming results
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Study on East Liverpool, surrounding area’s children has alarming results

EAST LIVERPOOL — “A couple of years ago the EPA sent out a report known as the Ohio Air Toxics report that showed air manganese concentration in different areas across the state. Of all those areas, East Liverpool and the surrounding area had three of the highest levels in the […]

Bad buckeye air
Coal / Energy

Bad buckeye air

TOLEDO —”Ohio’s energy future must become a more prominent issue in this year’s political campaigns, given its role as a key swing state. Ohio also is a battleground for the nation’s energy-policy debate, considering its proximity to the Great Lakes. The lakes get most of their pollution from toxic air […]

Valley chokes on air; Doctor says drilling only making it worse
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Valley chokes on air; Doctor says drilling only making it worse

TRIADELPHIA, WV  — “During his 30 years practicing medicine in the Wheeling area, Dr. Michael Blatt has routinely treated patients for asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease and other respiratory problems. Blatt believes the natural gas drilling sites and compressor stations scattered throughout the region are going to contribute to more […]

Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania have worst toxic air pollution from power plants
Coal / Energy

Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania have worst toxic air pollution from power plants

WASHINGTON, DC — “Residents of Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania are exposed to more toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants than in any other state, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At the same time, the report found a 19 percent decrease in all air […]

Senate defeats bid to block EPA power plant rule
Coal / Energy

Senate defeats bid to block EPA power plant rule

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Democrat-controlled Senate defeated a bid Wednesday to block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting the first federal standards to reduce toxic air pollution from power plants. Republicans were behind the effort, but they didn’t get enough votes to move ahead. It was the second time in […]

U.S. EPA proposes stricter standards for soot pollution
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U.S. EPA proposes stricter standards for soot pollution

WASHINGTON D.C. — ” Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency won immediate support from environmental groups and public health advocates, who […]