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EPA Takes On Fracking, Issues Proposal On Air Pollution

AP | By DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 09.27.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Faced with a natural gas drilling boom that has sullied the air in some parts of the country, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thu...

Personal Responsibility and the Fight for Clean Air

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.26.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Instead of people just shaking their heads and sighing, "Well, what can I do?"... The answer is simple. Take a proactive step. The window of opportunity to send a comment of support to the E.P.A. is drawing to a close. August 4th to be exact.

The Keystone XL Pipeline: A Tar Sands Folly?

Bill Chameides | Posted 09.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The U.S. State Department is in the rare position of having to decide on an environmental issue. Hillary Clinton is in the tar sands hot seat. Is she asking the right questions?

Starfish Statistics

Gernot Wagner | Posted 09.25.2011 | Green
Gernot Wagner

The Starfish Story has become a metaphor for doing good. Throw stranded starfish into the sea one at a time, and you are making a real difference in t...

Lucia Graves

House Republicans Take Aim At Environmental Regulations As Debt Crisis Looms | Lucia Graves | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With eight days until the country officially defaults on its debts, likely sparking a worldwide credit crisis, the House of Representati...

Small Business Owners Speak Out On Clean Air Act

John Arensmeyer | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business
John Arensmeyer

Clean air, gas-sipping automobiles, green energy technology and the rules that promote them are good for public health and the economy. That was the m...

10 Things to Know About Power Plant Water Use, 10 Reasons to Care

Kyle Rabin | Posted 09.18.2011 | Green
Kyle Rabin

Some things get better with age. Not power plants. The nation's older power plants that still rely on antiquated and damaging once-through cooling systems have a huge thirst for water.

EPA In Dark About Drinking Water Problems

AP | By DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 09.18.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- When contaminants in a public water system exceed safe drinking water standards, federal environmental officials may not know about it. ...

In Alaska, a Dirty Fight Over Clean Water

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 09.12.2011 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

A small island fishing community 800 air miles southwest of Anchorage has found itself in a monster of a fight with federal enforcers based more than 4,100 miles away in Washington, D.C.

EPA Says All Texas Plants With Permits Violating Act Have Applied For New Paperwork

AP | By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green

HOUSTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says all 136 Texas plants and refineries operating with permits that violated the Clean Air Act ha...

Republicans Throw Conservation to Curb, Eviscerate EPA, and Pump Pollutants Into America's Air, Water and Land

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The House Interior Appropriations Bill undermines clean water protections, undermines standards on toxic coal ash disposal, pushes aside Clean Air Act permitting processes for drilling off of Alaska's coast, and blocks the listing of endangered species.

American Public: 1, Polluters: 0

Michael Brune | Posted 09.10.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Yesterday, the EPA met this sentiment with action by announcing the first of a series of air pollution regulations that will be rolled out during the next few months.

Reducing Air Pollution Is Well Worth the Cost

Josh Nelson | Posted 09.10.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

The air quality improvements of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will be tremendous, with the number of counties in violation of federal standards expected to drop from 207 to just two as soon as 2014.

EPA Cracks Down On Power Plants, Air Pollution Downwind

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 09.06.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is clamping down on power plant pollution in 27 states that contributes to unhealthy air downwi...

'Flying Lab' Dispatched To Detect Radiological Smoke In Los Alamos

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 08.29.2011 | Denver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Federal environment officials have dispatched a special twin-engine plane capable of detecting chemical and radiological mat...

Voters Strongly Oppose Michele Bachmann's Proposal to Abolish the EPA

Josh Nelson | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

While Rep. Bachman's opposition to the EPA is presumably some sort of principled stand against clean air and drinkable water, based on the polling I've seen, it seems highly unlikely to do her much good in the presidential campaign.

California Should Lead Again on Emissions Standards

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 08.27.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

By moving ahead with its own rules, California can bolster the administration's negotiating position with the auto industry. If it declines to send a clear signal now, it risks being hobbled for years by whatever weak action Washington chooses.

Clean Air: You Have to Be In It to Win It

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.26.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Advocating for what you believe in is a lot of work, but getting what you don't want is much worse. Don't leave the heavy lifting to others.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Coal Ash Industry Sees Massive Job Losses If EPA Rules Proceed | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 08.16.2011 | Green

An industry-funded report released late Wednesday suggests that federal regulation of coal combustion residuals, or coal ash, currently being consider...

Lucia Graves

New EPA Regulations: Lisa Jackson Denounces Utility Giant's 'Doomsday' Scenario | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.15.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson hit back against powerful coal-burning utility American Electric Power on Wednesday, ...

Surely You're Joking, Gov. Pawlenty!

Carl Pope | Posted 08.14.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Pawlenty manages to keep coming up with the most outrageous proposals of this year's Republican presidential field, and now he's tacking way to the right on government protection of the public's health and safety.

The Toxic Substances Control Act's Toxic Baddies

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.14.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Of the some 80,000 chemicals manufactured and used in the United States, the EPA has issued regulations to control just five "existing" and four "new" chemicals. Today, we'll learn a little about each of them.

Is Propoxur the Way to Not Let the Bedbugs Bite?

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.31.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Some of you are no doubt scratching your heads, thinking: "There's gotta be an insecticide capable of offing these guys. Why can't the pointy-headed geniuses at the chemical companies make one?" As it turns out, they have.

EPA Must Strengthen our Smog Standards or Risk the Health of Millions of Latinos

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 07.27.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

Millions of Latinos -- children, grandparents, brothers and sisters -- are at risk of asthma, bronchitis and even death due to this dangerous air pollutant. And they're not alone.

White House Unveiling Plan To Curb Business Regulations

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Oil spill prevention requirements will no longer apply to spilled milk. Gasoline pumps wouldn't need devices for trapping vapor pol...