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Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states
Air Quality / EPA

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

ANNAPOLIS, MD — “Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s […]

Women in areas where mercury is used in small-scale gold mining had some of the most extreme levels of contamination (Credit: Edgard Garrido/Reuters).
Environmental Justice

Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury

Study finds excessive levels of the metal, which can seriously harm unborn children, in women from Alaska to Indonesia, due to gold mining, industrial pollution, and fish-rich diets NEW YORK, NY — “Women of childbearing age from around the world have been found to have high levels of mercury, a […]

For the second month in a row, natural gas beat coal as the main source of U.S. electricity generation, accounting for 35.2 percent of supplies in August, a government report showed.
Coal

U.S. delays limits on toxic metals from coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON, DC — “U.S. regulators on Wednesday postponed until 2020 new limits on toxic metals and other pollutants in the wastewater of coal-fired power plants, a delay welcomed by industry groups that had sought it but decried by environmental groups. The Environmental Protection Agency’s move ‘resets the clock’ for the effluent […]

The Aufdenkamp family lives in Akron, which is listed as an area with high risk to particle pollution.
Air Quality / Renewable Energy

This region of Ohio ranks among the worst in country for risk of breathing problems

AKRON — “State lawmakers are gearing up for another round in the fight over renewable energy mandates. While opponents say they’re a financial burden, supporters say they help cut down on air pollution, which then improves respiratory health. There’s a part of Ohio where the risk for experiencing breathing problems […]

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A man wearing a respiratory protection mask walks toward an office building during the smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing's central business district, China, December 21, 2016.
Coal

Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

NEW YORK, NY — “Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. Dr. Haidong Kan of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and colleagues looked specifically at […]

OUR VIEW: Acid rain battle must be continued
Coal

OUR VIEW: Acid rain battle must be continued

UTICA, NY — “Earlier this week, the Adirondack Council joined with the state of Maryland and a coalition of environmental and health organizations to file a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to require Midwest power plants to turn on already-installed pollution control […]

Samual Corona and Chris Coward are concerned a push to clean up other parts of Chicago will push more polluting industry into their neighborhood (Credit: Kari Lydersen / Midwest Energy News).
Environmental Justice / Good Neighbor Campaigns

In Chicago, monitoring program part of neighborhood’s clean energy push

CHICAGO, IL — “‘Make sure you note the barbecue,’ Samuel Corona told his 21-year-old nephew, Chris Coward, as they walked by Leon’s BBQ joint on 106th Street on Chicago’s Southeast Side. The aroma coming from Leon’s was mouthwatering, but that wasn’t their focus. Corona explained that smoke from the barbecue could […]

Study: Any air pollution may hasten death
Clean Power Plan

Study: Any air pollution may hasten death

Analysis found no sign of ‘safe’ ozone, particulate levels BALTIMORE, MD — “At a time when the Trump administration is moving to delay and dismantle air quality regulations, a new study suggests that air pollution continues to cut Americans’ lives short, even at levels well below the legal limits set […]

The other reason to shift away from coal: Air pollution that kills thousands every year
Coal

The other reason to shift away from coal: Air pollution that kills thousands every year

PITTSBURGH, PA — “In a recent research study with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon, I analyzed how human health and the environment would be affected if all coal-fired power plants in the United States switched to natural gas – an extension of a trend that is already underway. We found that […]

Homes on Norco Street in Norco, La., that sit a few hundred feet from the fence line of Norco Manufacturing Complex photographed on February 1, 2017.  (Credit: Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette)
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Preparing for Chemical Valley: Life between two Shell plants

NORCO, LA — “It was around 4 a.m., a few days before Barbara and Randy Dixon were supposed to move into their new home on Goodhope Street in Norco, La., when an explosion knocked out every window in the house, spreading broken glass like a carpet over the porch. Ceiling […]