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Air Toxics

A Look at Environmental Justice in the United States Today

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.22.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech in 2011 that Martin Luther King Jr. "plant[ed] the seeds of the environmental justice movement" and that environmental justice is "a civil rights issue." In that spirit, let's look at some metrics on how equitable environmental risk is distributed in the U.S.

Open Letter to the EPA: Top Three Must-Dos in Obama's Second Term

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

We all know about the fiscal cliff. Imagine there was an environmental cliff. If there was, here are three items that I think the EPA (and Congress) would need to move on.

EPA Doesn't Give Full Picture on Toxics Pollution

Corbin Hiar | Posted 03.11.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The EPA has unveiled its analysis of a database containing information on the disposal or release of 650 potentially dangerous chemicals used by almost 21,000 facilities. But this provides only a snapshot of the pollution produced by American industry.

How Would a Romney Administration Regulate Air Pollution?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 02.22.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

With Mitt Romney at or near the top of the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News wanted to find out how his administration might regulate toxic air pollutants.

Why the EPA's Forthcoming Power Plant Rule Is a Big Deal

Corbin Hiar | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

It's an important moment for Americans who eat fish or use electricity. After more than two decades of delays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue a new regulation restricting some power plant emissions that have polluted the nation's air and water.

It's Time To Clear The Air: EPA's Clean Air Rules Save Lives

Jerome Bettis | Posted 02.14.2012 | Green
Jerome Bettis

Any attempt to block or delay implementation of the Toxics Rule is an assault on public health. It's time to stop allowing special interests to run interference on rules that will benefit our country.

Commentary on Comments: Wolves, Pipelines, and Dams, Oh My

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.26.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Everyone has something to say about something these days, on blogs, Twitter and Facebook. All fine and dandy. But there's another way to get heard: by putting your two cents on the record through what's known as the public comment period.

Obama: A No-Go on Ozone

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.06.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

In the wake of recent White House decisions, one has to wonder if that jobs pivot also includes a calculated pivot away from the environment?

All I Need Is the Air That I Breathe

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 10.25.2011 | Green
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

There's not a lot more important to parents than loving their children and making sure they have clean air to breathe. Which is why this week's virtual deluge of clean air information is so important -- and scary.

Alar in Applesauce and Mercury in Fish: The Connection

Dominique Browning | Posted 08.23.2011 | Green
Dominique Browning

I've been thinking about Alar ever since I started learning about methylmercury in the fish we eat. In 1989, I watched a TV news show in horror as Mer...

Reducing Toxic Air Behind Schedule at EPA, Americans at Risk

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Trip Van Noppen

Report from agency's Inspector General exposes unlawful delay The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fallen far behind in one of its most impor...